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Holiday abroad without getting on a plane as new train to Amsterdam unveiled

Take a walk on the wild side around the red-light district or soak up history in the Anne Frank House.

Whether you prefer a walk on the wild side around the red-light district or soaking up history in the Anne Frank House, you might want to add Amsterdam to your bucket-list.

For you will now be able to reach the iconic tourist hotspot by train.

Thanks to Eurostar expanding their routes, the railway giants are introducing their London to Amsterdam route from next month.

At just £40 each way, you’ll be able to hop aboard to discover the canals that run through the city, try beer in a local brewery, and indulge in an array of music, art and food.

[Credit: Gio Mikava]

Technically, the journey is not brand new in that travellers have been able to reach Amsterdam Centraal from King’s Cross St Pancras via train since 2018.

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However, when introduced, Eurostar’s initial route saw passengers on the return leg from the Netherlands to London disembark at Brussels to get passports checked.

Now, they will no longer need to do so and can travel direct.

[Credit: Anne Frank House]

Kickstarting on October 26, travellers will go through customs in Amsterdam instead, before boarding the train and heading to London.

Speaking about the much-anticipated journey, the Dutch state secretary for infrastructure, Stientje Van Veldhoven, said: “The new direct train service enables us to travel from Amsterdam to London in just over four hours.

“It’s fast and convenient, and without the hassle of disembarking in Brussels for border and security checks.”

For those carbon-footprint conscious passengers, rail transport is the most environment-friendly way to travel.

Van Veldhoven added: “A Eurostar train roughly has twice as many seats as an average airplane on the Amsterdam-London route and CO2 emissions are significantly lower.”

[Credit: Bruno Van Der Kraan]

While the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advise UK nationals against all but essential international travel, the advice is under constant review.

However, Amsterdam was one of the first locations to lead the way by adapting to our new normal after the global coronavirus pandemic spiralled.

In particular, they introduced socially distanced dining with individual cabins at a restaurant allowing households and friendship bubbles to visit while maintaining 2m from fellow customers and staff who use long paddles to serve dishes from afar.

For more info, click here: Eurostar.

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