The New Train Connecting London And Amsterdam Only Costs $42


Starting April 4, travelers can hop on a train directly from London to Amsterdam for just $42.

The new route, operated by Eurostar, will take three to four hours and is some serious competition for budget flights between the two cities.

The flight route between London and Amsterdam is one of the busiest in the world. Budget airlines, such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, have tempted travelers with low ticket costs, but since the new train route has tickets starting around $40, it’s likely that more travelers will be leaning toward the railway.

Let’s do some logistical math. A flight from London to Amsterdam takes about an hour. But since it’s an international flight, you need to arrive at the airport at least two hours before take-off. And then there’s the trouble of getting to and from the airport. By public transit, we estimate 30 minutes on both ends. So now you’re up to four hours, which is the equivalent of the train journey.

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Besides the timing and cost, the train is a more environmentally friendly option. According to The Guardian, the new train route boasts that “a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80 percent less carbon than the equivalent flight.”

There are still some details that need to be ironed out for passengers traveling from Amsterdam to London. But if you’re in Britain looking for a way to the Netherlands, you’re in luck. Tickets go on sale on February 20.