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Looking up train time on Bahn.de and on the Eurostar website I get a different set of train times for the same day.

The difference is that Bahn.de gives 'non-stop' Amsterdam to London times where Eurostar gives 'change at Brussels' times.

Where I only to go as far as London I would book a later in the day option and take the change in Brussels. But as I want to travel on in England, a good option from an early direct from Amsterdam looks like a good connection. But this will not work if I have to make my way to Brussels to catch that Eurostar train.

I have checked an earlier question about the opposite direction of travel, but nor that question nor the link to the Man in Seat 61 give the answer I am looking for.
When do the direct trains from Amsterdam to London start?

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This article from Rail Journal states:

Customs agreement reached for Amsterdam – London Eurostar services

STATE secretary to the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Mrs Ankie Broekers-Knol, informed the country’s parliament on September 25 that an agreement has been achieved between the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Britain on customs and security arrangements for Amsterdam – London Eurostar services.

Direct services will begin operating between Amsterdam Central and London St Pancras on December 15, when the 2020 timetable comes into effect.

However, there has been no press release from Eurostar on the subject, and the Eurostar website continues to show only trips with a change in Brussels.

I fear they may have missed the deadline for the 2020 timetable change, so this would probably push things back to the next timetable change, probably the summer service which should take effect in June. Eurostar only shows trips up to May 13th, so it's too early to tell for sure.

Update

The Bahn.de shows direct trains on some dates (from March 31st to May 16th, with some of the trains not running on Saturday and/or Sunday), but does not allow booking them.

The Oui.Sncf site shows the direct trains but states "Train non ouvert", which means the train cannot be booked yet (but you can subscribe to an alert to be notified when they become available, though I'm not 100% sure that works in this specific case).

My guess is that the trains are planned to run as direct trains, but they're not quite sure if they will actually be able to run as such, depending on completion of works in Amsterdam CS and/or Rotterdam CS, and won't allow booking those trains until they are sure they will run as planned.

Update 2

Strangely, this other article from Rail Journal, published later than the first one, states

NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has announced that the frequency of London – Amsterdam Eurostar services will be stepped up from three per day currently to four per day in 2020 and five per day in 2021.

However, the gradual expansion of the service will only happen if a four-country treaty, involving Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, is signed regarding border controls.

(...)

NS says it hopes the direct Amsterdam – Rotterdam – London services will start this spring.

(emphasis mine)

Not sure whether reporting is accurate, and whether the issue is the agreement have been "agreed upon" but not actually signed, or if it's just pending completion of the required works in Amsterdam CS and Rotterdam CS. Given the linked tweet below, probably just the latter.

  • Thanks, but why does Bahn.de give the direct times if they are not available? – Willeke Jan 14 at 14:41
  • Can you let me know which date/time you are looking at? I don't see any direct trains on bahn.de for Amsterdam -> London – jcaron Jan 14 at 14:59
  • I was looking at 29 April, 2020, not sure yet when I actually need to travel. And with a connection to Liverpool. – Willeke Jan 14 at 15:01
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    The trains already run, but for now only with Brussels passengers from Amsterdam and Brussels-London passengers for the rest of the travel. – Willeke Jan 14 at 15:19
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    They are currently running test services twitter.com/TrainManagerJo/status/1216735175104704512 although since they know the route it is not quite clear what they are testing. You have to be Eurostar staff or their guest to use the test train. – mdewey Jan 14 at 17:07

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