Eurostar is stepping up its challenge to airlines on the London to Amsterdam route by raising frequency to the Dutch city.

A third direct daily service on weekdays is being added from Tuesday.

More than 300,000 passengers have travelled on the route since its launch in April last year, the high speed Channel Tunnel rail service revealed.

Eurostar highlighted its green credentials as it claimed that a high-speed rail journey from London to Amsterdam emits 80% less carbon per passenger than the equivalent flight.

This reinforces high-speed rail as the most environmentally friendly choice for European short haul travel.

Since the service began, More than 16,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved by passengers choosing high-speed rail over flying.

This is the equivalent to the amount of CO2 that would be emitted from 1,231 average houses in a year, or to taking 3,137 cars off the road for a year2. 

The third daily service will increase capacity on the route to the equivalent of 12 flights per day, further boosting carbon savings.

Fares start at £35 one-way, with journey times from 3 hours 13 minutes to Rotterdam and 3 hours 52 minutes to Amsterdam.

Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper said: “With environmentally responsible travel rising up the consumer agenda, we’re boosting capacity and offering more flexibility with a third daily service.”

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