December 1, 2016
Eurostar launching London to Amsterdam in late 2017

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Straight to the Point

  • Eurostar is launching a new high speed rail line between London and Amsterdam by the end of 2017!

 

Overview

  • Eurostar is a high speed rail service (up to 186 mph) which connects the UK and mainland Europe.
  • The rail line travels under the English Chanel and takes you from London to Paris in 2h 15min and London to Brussels in just 2 hours.
  • There’s several other smaller destinations as well which you can find here but these are the two most notable ones.

 

Amsterdam Bound

  • Eurostar has announced plans to begin a London-Amsterdam route.
  • The trip is expected to take around four hours with twice daily service between the two cities.
  • Eurostar is considering adding stops in Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam Schiphol.
  • The trains will be Siemen’s 900-seat cars and will be equipped with Wi-Fi! (By the time 2017 rolls around they better be).

 

Launch Timeframe

  • Back in 2013 Eurostar announced plans to launch this route by the end of 2016.
  • As of November 2016, Eurostar has pushed back the launch date to late 2017.

 

Final Thoughts

  • Competition along frequent travel routes is always a great thing for consumers! It a welcome sign to see another serious alternative to flying coming online in the next year.
  • Although I love flying, trains are often cheaper, more comfortable, and can be faster when factoring in all the time saved by avoiding the long wait time at airports.
  • Remember to make rail purchases on a credit card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which gets you 3X points per dollar and has no foreign transaction fees! Always maximize your purchases 🙂

 

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