Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Dec 11, 2017.
Any guess on the pricing? I love Eurostar.
I asked my ex E* mate the other day - like me he is a retired old git , so no knowledge. However I cannot see it being much more different than present Brussels fares with the standard Benelux fare on top, - they have to be competitive and these nice new trains have 40% more capacity than the old 373 sets. Seats to fill. Love the idea of going fast with just Brussels / Antwerp and Rotterdam calls.
When in the New Year you make enquiries - do so via Ffestiniog Travel -who apart from being Welsh , run a great travel agency and provide good local jobs + they get a cut off the commission to support that fine pair of railways.
Is it just going to be the one a day, or are there plans to do a couple more? 0840 is a right arseache if you need to connect from outside London and an evening train would allow for day trips for business people which would then be able to compete with the planes...
Full timetable not yet issued - but likely to be 3 each way , each day to start with...expect deep checks on arrival back in London ! ......
Yeah, but fewer eyes on those sensible enough to Thalys to Brussels and E* from there
Yeah - or get a classic old school Dutch train to Brussels then E* and save a few euros....
I don't know how it will compare for weather resilience. Obviously the tunnel itself is pretty much 100% snow proof but it doesn't seem to take much snow to bring the railway to a halt.
Funnily enough I got a ride to Brussels on the then very new and totally crap Fyra HS trains - December 2012 - the ones that ran for about a month before being banned by the SNCB and withdrawn , anyway had a relaxing stay in the Dam and set off back in the middle of a frozen landscape with about 4 inches of snow - (the canals were totally iced up and you could walk round the city on them !)
Anyway - on this day these crappo trains were OK , but there was a set of points playing up at Schipol (West) , so we stood for about 25 mins whilst some stalwart got them clipped up - - we went non stop to Antwerp then fast to Brussels Midi only - there was a good load of E* passengers on board - , and to be fair to the Belgians they gave us top priority and the connection was made ...
My mate went back to Gatwick on E/Jet and was delayed for hours ...
The trains were all running fine the day that my flight was cancelled.
Great to hear this is starting up at last. It’s been years in the making.
If you're not too particular about days of the week (basically not Fri/Sat morning), it's £50 each way to Amsterdam on Eurostar:
Train to Amsterdam | London to Amsterdam | Eurostar
Eurostar always do cheap deals in the first few months of the year (to get some cash in) , and of course the Brussels trains load much lighter than the Paris ones. Presume also less bag carriers attending pointless meetings there in the near - next to near future !
tbf I quite fancy it
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