Eurostar has confirmed plans to upgrade its Amsterdam-London service to direct from October 26.

The high-speed rail operator launched its Amsterdam route in April 2018, but until now the return leg of the journey has been operating with a change in Brussels to allow for immigration and security checks.

As our consumer editor Alex McWhirter reported last month, the London-bound service had been meant to move to direct from the end of April, but this was delayed due to the onset of Covid-19.

Direct Eurostar Amsterdam-London services move closer

Necessary arrangements have now been made for UK border staff to located at Amsterdam and Rotterdam, allowing checks can be carried out on London-bound travellers.

The revised journey times will be four hours and nine minutes between Amsterdam and London, and three hours 29 minutes between Rotterdam and the UK capital.

Tickets for the direct service go on sale from September 1, for travel from October 26.

Eurostar notes that all fares (for bookings made before December 31) are currently exchangeable with no fee up to 14 days before departure.