Eurostar has announced that from spring 2020 it will be offering a fully direct service from Amsterdam to London.

The high speed rail service has been running trains between the two destinations since 2018, but while the journey from London to Amsterdam was direct, immigration rules meant that on the return leg, travellers had to stop at Brussels to go through passport control which could add up to an hour of journey time.

However, from the 30th April 2020, those boarding the Amsterdam service to London will no longer need to make the stop, with the total journey time anticipated to take just over four hours.

There will be two services, although Eurostar revealed it plans to eventually increase up to four.

Tickets for the direct return journey are set to go on sale on the Eurostar website from Tuesday 11th February with fares working out from £35 each way.

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It's not just Amsterdam which will become a new direct return journey for Brits.

Eurostar also runs a service to Rotterdam which had been subject to the same immigration rules as Amsterdam; this service will also become a direct route, although it will kick off a few weeks after the Amsterdam route, on the 18th May.

The launch will come just after Rotterdam hosts Eurovision so although it will be too late for those who want to visit during the singing competition, if you watch the show and feel inspired it could be the perfect opportunity to bag a cheap break. 

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Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport in the UK, said of the new direct service from Amsterdam: "We’re continuing to invest in modern, efficient transport links with the continent so our businesses and tourism industry can flourish.

"The days of passengers being forced to decamp from the train at Brussels to file through passport control will soon be over, as we look forward to direct, return, high-speed services to Amsterdam and beyond."

Mike Cooper, Chief Executive, Eurostar, added: “Our services from the UK to the Netherlands have proved very popular with over half a million travellers since launch. Our fully direct service marks an exciting advance for high-speed rail and provides consumers with a comfortable, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines on one of Europe’s busiest leisure and business routes.”