EUROSTAR has launched a new direct route from Amsterdam to London, meaning Brits can book return tickets to the Netherlands without a stopover.

The journey, which launched in 2018, originally included a change at Brussels when returning to the UK.

 Eurostar has launched direct routes from Amsterdam to London

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Eurostar has launched direct routes from Amsterdam to London

This was because of bureaucratic red tape which meant passengers had to go through security and passport control at Brussels before boarding a second train.

Now, train travel will be direct from the capital city, taking just over four hours from Amsterdam Centraal to London St Pancras.

This makes the journey almost an hour shorter than the current route.

The inaugural journey launched today with tickets on sale from February 11.

 The new route removes the checks at Brussel and makes the journey one hour quicker

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The new route removes the checks at Brussel and makes the journey one hour quickerCredit: Alamy

Starting from £35 each way, the first public service will start on April 20 with up to two trains per day.

New direct routes from Rotterdam will launch on May 18.

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands, said: “Checks in Brussels will no longer be necessary, saving travellers an hour of travel time.”

They added: “This way the train really becomes a fully-fledged alternative to the plane.”

Eurostar opens gateway to Europe with launch of new London to Amsterdam service

Cheap fares from London to Paris start from £29 each way.

The cheapest time to travel by Eurostar is in February and November, according to experts.

UK rail fares are so high that a previous study found flights to Ibiza were cheaper than a train to Newcastle.

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