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Non-stop trains from London to Amsterdam will soon be a reality

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The route will also include a stop in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. This new service was preceded by a comprehensive testing of the Netherlands high speed network and the building of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

A new rail service is set to whiz passengers from London direct to Europe's own Sin City: Amsterdam.

The company said over 4 million passengers use airlines to travel between London and Amsterdam every year.

Starting April 4, passengers will be able to hop on board a train at London's St. Pancras International and reach Amsterdam's Centraal station in just three hours and 41 minutes, while traveling at a speed of about 186 mph. As the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub, the potential for the new service and the overall market is significant.

However, return journeys will, for the time being, connect through Brussels while the United Kingdom and Netherlands governments complete an agreement on passport checks.

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Nicolas Petrovic, the outgoing chief executive of Eurostar, said the Netherlands service heralded a new era in global high-speed rail. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.

"The UK and Netherlands governments are both working hard to find an agreement that will allow us to check travellers' passports before departure from the Netherlands, as we already do in most of our other destinations", the company wrote.

Eurostar said that by 2019 the return journey should become truly direct, with both British and Dutch governments agreeing to put proper checks in place.

Eurostar says ticket prices will start from £35 one way.

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