High-speed rail operator Eurostar announced that it will launch a new service direct from London to Amsterdam on April 4th.

The UK company will operate two trains a day departing London’s St. Pancras station at 8:31am and 5:31pm. Tickets will be available for purchase on February 20th and one-way fares will start from £35 GPB ($49 USD).

It is already possible to travel between the European capitals by train, but the new service will be non-stop, cutting the travel time to 3 hours and 41 minutes from just under 6 hours.

Until the Dutch and British governments create new procedures in Amsterdam, the return trip will still require a stop in Brussels for passport checks before crossing the channel. This is expected to change.

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Eurostar is famous for running the popular service between London and Paris via the Channel Tunnel, but the company also offers service to Rotterdam, Marseille, Lyon, and other parts of southern France.

“The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high-speed rail” said Eurostar CEO Nicolas Petrovic. “With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.”