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Eurostar - new route from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar has announced exciting news that they will be opening a new route from London to Amsterdam. Currently, airlines dominate this route, as it is the easiest and fastest way to get to Amsterdam. Now Eurostar is offering a the same route via train. You can already book your Eurostar journey to Amsterdam from London with Omio.

This will all change, now that Eurostar will open a new route to the Netherlands; allowing passengers from London to take the ‘tunnel under the sea’ directly to the Dutch capital. Passengers will get to Amsterdam faster as they no longer need to change stations at Brussels, as the current route dictates. For the inbound journey, with current immigration laws, passengers will need to change at Brussels to travel back to the UK. This is being reviewed.

The route has been live since 4 April 2018. The cheapest tickets will cost around £35 one-way, making it very affordable alternative for the 4 million airline passengers who take this route each year. As a result, Eurostar will serve this popular route, offering alternative, innovative, and greener solutions to travel.

If you choose to take the Eurostar, your carbon footprint will be much smaller. Travelling by train is generally a greener option, with the rail operator confirming that taking the journey via train emits 80% less carbon than by air.

About Eurostar

The Eurostar is the only high-speed train with direct links from the UK to France and Belgium. The service runs to Paris, Lille and Brussels. Running through Channel Tunnel from King’s Cross St. Pancras in London.

The Eurostar opens up train travel in Europe to UK passengers. it is now possible to travel to over 100 European cities by train. With a quick transfer required in Paris, Lille or Brussels. You can now reach Europe's biggest cities, such as Amsterdam or even Rome, by train.

Eurostar Ticket Types

What type of Eurostar tickets are there?

There are three different types of Eurostar tickets: standard, standard premier and business premier.

What is the cheapest Eurostar ticket type?

The standard ticket type is cheapest. Standard ticket type holders can take up to two bags of luggage for free. Passengers can also enjoy free wifi at St Pancras, as well as seat selection. Its best advised to book in advance, as Standard tickets tend to sell out fast.

What does the Standard Premier Eurostar ticket offer?

Slightly more expensive than the standard ticket type. This ticket comes with the standard benefits plus extra legroom.

What does the Business Premier Eurostar ticket offer?

Business premier ticket holders can take advantage of all the benefits above. Plus, a free meal onboard and complimentary magazines. This type of Eurostar ticket allows flexible travel. As well as a dedicated ticket office, 10-minute check-in and a taxi booking service.

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When is the best time to book a Eurostar ticket?

Booking to travel mid-week is usually the best time to find cheap Eurostar tickets. The morning and evening trains are more expensive, as are holiday evenings and Friday and Sunday afternoons.

When do Eurostar tickets go on sale?

Eurostar tickets usually go on sale between 138 and 190 days before departure and purchasing tickets as soon as possible is always best to get cheap Eurostar tickets. The Eurostar works on a seasonal basis, during the summer months between July and September trains go directly to Avignon, while during the winter months between December and April trains usually go direct to ski resorts such as Aime-la-Plagne or Bourg St. Maurice.

There are sometimes special Eurostar booking offers on fares and there are two loyalty programmes available: Eurostar Plus Points for leisure travellers and Eurostar Frequent Traveller for business passengers.

Eurostar FAQs

What can I take with me on the Eurostar?

"Most reasonable items are allowed as luggage – no gas, firearms, knives, weapons or explosives, but that’s obvious, right? One of the best things about travelling by Eurostar is the fact that you can take as much as you like, you just need to be able to carry your bags yourself onto the train. It’s brilliant! There’s no frantically pulling your stuff out to make it lighter to suit restrictions, or having to layer up what you’re wearing so you don’t get charged. Two pieces of luggage each as big as you like (including skis) and hand luggage are perfectly fine."

What is the Eurostar check in process?

"One of the best things about travelling from London to Paris on the Eurostar is how straightforward it is to check in. Get to the Eurostar check in gates at least 30 minutes before your scheduled leaving time and you’ll have time to grab a coffee in the waiting room too."

How long does the London to Paris Eurostar journey take?

"The quickest Eurostar journey from London to Paris is 2 hours 30 minutes, how crazy is that?! That’s quicker than getting from London to most places in the UK. Get organised and it’s easy to have a cheeky day in Paris thanks to its speed. You’ll race along among England’s countryside for a while, may stop briefly at Ebbsfleet depending on your train, and then it’ll go dark as you whizz through the channel tunnel. I’ve been to Paris five times now on the Eurostar and it’s so relaxing. Try not to fall asleep for the whole journey though as there are some stunning views from the comfort of your seat."

What facilities are available on the Eurostar?

"There’s an entire refreshment carriage on the Eurostar train, complete with opportunities for Champagne, sandwiches, crisps, olives and chocolate. Coffees, chocolat chauds and cups of tea are all available too. Expect to pay around €3 for coffee and €5 for a sandwich. You can then eat and drink in the refreshment carriage, or take your items back to your seat. There are power points on the Eurostar in some carriages. Walk up and down to find the points yourself, or ask your train conductor. There is Wi-Fi on some trains, but service is intermittent thanks to the speed and region. You do have a table so if you need to do work, you can."

How do I get to London St. Pancras International to take the Eurostar?

"It’s easy to get to St Pancras International Station on the London Underground. Six different tube lines feed into Kings Cross Station and from here you can get to St Pancras International by walking in just a few minutes. If you’re coming into London via Euston, St. Pancras International is just a few minutes’ walk away. I’d recommend getting there an hour before, even though the rules are 30 minutes. That way you have some buffer time, and you can pop to some of the shops in St. Pancras to get any supplies you think you’ll need for the journey. Bringing a bottle on the train for the journey is permitted. After security, show your passport and you’ll get through to the waiting room. Here you’ll find a WHSmith, a Café Nero, and another coffee shop and bar. If you’re already feeling perfectly refreshed there are plenty of sofas and chairs to relax on, and work desks with power points too. You’ll also find toilets in here."

What's the Eurostar station in Paris like?

"When you arrive at the Gare du Nord, the Eurostar station in Paris, you’ll be right in the centre of the city so it’s easy to get around. The Gare du Nord is also a Metro station, which links you up to lines 4 and 5 underground. You will of course always find taxis outside too. Just make sure the taxi is on the meter or you agree a price beforehand so you both know what’s expected. Be prepared with your next destination when you get to the station. The Gare du Nord is a busy place and you may feel overwhelmed. When you arrive you’re free to leave the station as you wish, there are no passport or ticket checks."

Do I need to reserve a seat on Eurostar in advance?

"You’ll be allocated a seat when you book. If you’d like to upgrade to the bigger seats, you can at the time of booking. You’ll also be offered the chance before boarding. Look at your ticket and you’ll see your carriage number listed, find that while you’re still outside the train as it’ll be much easier to find. Once you’ve located your carriage, hop in, and you’ll be able to find your seat, easy. If there are spare seats within your carriage class when you set off you can easily move around so you have more space. Don’t worry about rushing, especially if you get up there as soon as they announce you can. They usually start boarding 30 minutes before it’s due to leave – plenty of time to get settled."

Can I get any extra assistance on the Eurostar?

"If you have any kind of mobility issue, getting the Eurostar is a much better option than flying. The taxi can pull up pretty much right outside St Pancras International, and you walk in the side door to check in. It’s just a short walk into the waiting lounge and I’ve never waited long in the queue for security. In the waiting room there are plenty of spots to sit down and then, when the time comes for your train to board, which will be announced on the screens and over the tannoy, you just take the escalator up to the train. There are gender-neutral toilets in every carriage, and disabled toilets in carriages 9 and 10."

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