In a move that is surely excellent news for our serviced apartment operators both in the UK and in the Netherlands, Eurostar is to launch direct rail services between London and Amsterdam from 4 April, in an eagerly awaited move expected to spark a price war with airlines.

Tickets for the two daily trains, starting from £35 one way, will go on sale on 20 February and will allow passengers to travel from St Pancras station in central London direct to the Netherlands in three to four hours.

This will challenge established airlines on the route, including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbon than the equivalent flight.

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