A fares war on one of Europe’s busiest routes is about to break out.
The train operator Eurostar is selling tickets for direct trains from London to Amsterdam for a flat £30 in a short-term promotion.
The same price applies to Rotterdam, and saves £5 on the normal lead-in fare.
But for the return journey there are neither direct trains nor £30 tickets, due to problems with passport checks in the Dutch cities.
The cheap Eurostar tickets are available for booking only on 12, 13 and 14 February, for travel between 25 February and 28 March.
The deal is being sold only to Facebook and Twitter users through Eurostar’s special cut-price portal, snap.eurostar.com. Like previous promotions to Paris and Brussels, users can request only morning or afternoon travel. But since there is only one morning and one afternoon train to Amsterdam, no guesswork is required.
The £30 is more expensive than the cheapest deals on easyJet from London area airports. Test bookings from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend to Amsterdam are available at £24 or less on 5 March.
An airline spokesperson said: “easyJet flies between London and Amsterdam up to 21 times a day and carries over 2.2 millon passengers annually.
“We remain focused on our own strategy of growing our network, including at Amsterdam and providing easy and affordable fares.”
Flights on Vueling from Luton start at £27.
A spokesperson for British Airways, which has one-way fares from £28 and allows 46kg in cabin baggage, said: “We know our customers enjoy the choice of 20 flights from London a day, with airports to suit travellers starting their journey from all across the region.