Back in February I wrote about the new direct Amsterdam to London service that was due to commence operation on 30th April 2020. Unsurprisingly there was a delay, but happily it has a new start date of Monday 26th October, with booking opening on 1st September.
After being a bit disappointed with the April time savings, let's see if Eurostar has improved the October timetable.
For context, the London to Amsterdam service takes 4 hours 7 mins and the London to Rotterdam service 3 hrs 28 mins. There's currently a single weekday departure at 11:04 from St Pancras International station.
The existing Amsterdam - Brussels (Thalys) - London (Eurostar) connecting service is timetabled from 4 hours 42 mins (some take a lot longer), which includes at least 45 mins to change trains and clear UK immigration in Brussels.
The direct Amsterdam to London service starts with an 07:47 departure on Monday 26th October that is due to take 4 hours 10 mins (and 3 hrs 29 mins from Rotterdam).
This is equivalent to duration in the other direction, although the 32 minute saving feels a bit light - but maybe that's down to the impressive 45 minute connection time for the existing service! Obviously not having to change trains will make the journey much more comfortable.
Whilst the service officially starts on Monday 26th October, it looks like there is also a 18:47 departure from Amsterdam (19:28 from Rotterdam) on Sunday 25th October. Although this may disappear when tickets go on sale on 1st September.
Rotterdam is currently showing a second weekday direct service departing at 17:28 - which again takes 3 hours 29 mins to get to London. It seems odd that this train wouldn't start in Amsterdam - so it may not really exist.
In November from Monday 9th to Thursday 12th and again from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th, the normal weekday 07:47 departure from Amsterdam is switched to a 15:47 service (16:28 from Rotterdam). And this later departure takes 5 hours 10 mins from Amsterdam and 4 hrs 29 mins from Rotterdam.
There's no direct weekend service until Saturday 21st November - 16:47 from Amsterdam and 17:28 from Rotterdam. On Sunday 22nd November it's a later 18:47 departure from Amsterdam and 19:28 from Rotterdam. After that the weekend departures disappear again - but hopefully they will be timetabled before booking opens on 1st September.