Am­s­ter­dam by di­rect train, the joy of a solo ski hol­i­day, and more

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A di­rect Eurostar ser­vice from Lon­don to Am­s­ter­dam hits the tracks on 4 April. The twice-daily route will take just 3 hours 41 min­utes to reach the Dutch cap­i­tal, herald­ing good news for the four mil­lion pas­sen­gers who fly be­tween the two cities each year. And with car­bon emis­sions 80% lower than the equiv­a­lent flight, it’s a boon for the en­vi­ron­ment, too. Re­turn­ing pas­sen­gers won’t en­joy a di­rect jour­ney home just yet, though: Lon­don-bound trains will con­nect through Brus­sels un­til Am­s­ter­dam’s pass­port-check fa­cil­i­ties are ready at the end of 2019.

From £35 one-way;

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