Were you excited to be able to travel directly to Amsterdam by train? Only to then find out the return journey meant a change of trains and going through passport control at Brussels? You’ll be pleased to know Eurostar will be soon offering the return journey as a direct journey, no getting off at Brussels for passport control… no changes!
When does it start?
Direct trains from Amsterdam – London will start on the 30th April whilst direct services from Rotterdam will start a little later on the 18th May.
What does it cost?
You can get return tickets from around £70. (£35 each way.) You can check availability and book here (direct returns available to book from the 11th February) – https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/train
With points regardless of which destination you go to the cost is the same, a Value Standard ticket 1,000 points & Standard Premier at 2,000. To view all types of tickets and to book with points go here – https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/use-points
Eurostar is an American Express partner which means you can transfer your membership reward points into Club Eurostar points. The rate is 15:1 which means 15,000 membership reward points will get you a Value Standard ticket at 1,000 points. There are no fees or ‘taxes’ like with airline redemptions so your ticket really is ‘free’. You can transfer membership reward points to Eurostar here – https://www.americanexpress.com/en-gb/rewards/membership-rewards/partner/Club-Eurostar/ES
Why get the train?
There are a few reasons why you might choose the train over the plane… 1) Whilst the train takes longer at approx. 4 hours compared to a planes 1h 15 you don’t need to check into the airport hours before and London St Pancreas is often a lot quicker (and cheaper) to travel to then your local airport.
2) The more generous luggage allowance of 2 suitcases/1 item of hand lugguage on every ticket and the fact you don’t have to wait 30 minutes + for your luggage or queue up for passport control when you arrive.
3) You get off the train close to the centre of the cities you are travelling too. No faffing around with public transport or taxis!
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