The new line is arriving just in time for when the Netherlands’ famed tulips start to bloom. The area starts to see an array of flowers that blanket its grounds from mid-March to mid-May.

By Talia Avakian
February 21, 2018
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Courtesy of Eurostar

Eurostar is launching a new high-speed rail line that will transport passengers from London to Amsterdam in under four hours this April. That's just in time to give you a speedy way to catch the area's famed tulips.

The new direct train, launching on April 4, will travel at speeds of 300 kph, taking passengers rom St. Pancras in London to Amsterdam in three hours and 41 minutes, and to Rotterdam in three hours.

The roughly $1.4 billion investment will shave the average transportation time from St. Pancras to Amsterdam from four hours and 54 minutes to under four hours, and the average transportation time from St. Pancras to Rotterdam from four hours and 12 minutes minutes to three.

The new line is arriving just in time for when the Netherlands’ famed tulips start to bloom. The area starts to see an array of flowers that blanket its grounds from mid-March to mid-May, starting with crocus flowers that appear in March and tulips that bloom their colorful petals from mi- April through May.

When the new service launches, passengers will take a direct train from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but they’ll need to connect through Brussels during their return journey to go through passport controls and security screening. This will only be a temporary measure until the end of 2019, as the governments of both the U.K. and the Netherlands are currently working on an agreement to allow passport checks to take place in the Netherlands before passengers travel to the U.K.

The rail line has also set a new record travel time for its London to Brussels route, cutting the journey by 17 minutes for a total travel time of one hour and 48 minutes.

Tickets are already on sale for the new service and start at about $50 one-way, with trains operating twice daily.