Amsterdam Centraal station
 

Amsterdam Centraal Station, opened in 1889.

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This page explains how to travel by train from Amsterdam to other cities all over Europe, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way. Train information is current for 2019.

Tip:  Where to wait for your train at Amsterdam Centraal...

With a 1st class international ticket including an InterRail or Eurail pass, you can use the NS Lounge at Amsterdam Centraal.  With any class of ticket, I recommend the beautifully retro Grand Cafe 1e Klas on platform 2B for a beer, coffee or meal before your train.  Spot the cockatoo on the bar.

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €39 point-to-point ticket online?".   Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Amsterdam to anywhere in the Netherlands...
Dutch double-deck train   Seats on Dutch double-deck train

Dutch double-deck intercity train at Amsterdam.

 

Upper deck seats on a double-deck intercity train.

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Amsterdam to London from €52...
  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam
 

The Stena Line superferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich is a floating hotel...

  Comfort Class 2-berth cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'
 

...with private cabins for every passenger, with shower, toilet & satellite TV.

Option 1, to London by train+ferry from €52...

Option 2, to London by high-speed train...

Option 3, to London by intercity train + Eurostar from €59...

Amsterdam to Hull, Newcastle, the North of England & Scotland...

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Amsterdam to Paris in 3h17 from €35, www.b-europe.com...
A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys arrived at Paris Nord.  See panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info about Thalys.

1st class (Comfort & Premium) seating on Thalys   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

Comfort & Premium seats, 2+1 across the car.  Larger photo.

 

Standard seats, 2+2 across.  Larger photo.

Crossing the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep

The Thalys sweeps across the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep one lazy evening, between Rotterdam & Antwerp.

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Amsterdam to Lyon, Nice, Cannes, Marseille & other destinations in France...

Option 1, by high-speed TGV, changing trains & stations in Paris...

Option 2, by high-speed TGV, changing in Brussels & by-passing Paris.  Same-station change in Brussels avoids having to cross Paris!

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Amsterdam to Brussels from €26...

There's a choice of two very different train services from Amsterdam to Brussels, a high-speed book-in-advance one & a classic flexible one...

Option 1, by Thalys high-speed train in 1h53, dynamic pricing from €29 to €82...

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys to Brussels at Amsterdam Centraal.  See panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info about Thalys.

1st class (Comfort & Premium) seating on Thalys   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

Comfort & Premium seats, 2+1 across car width.  Larger photo.

 

Standard seats, 2+2 across.  Larger photo.

Crossing the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep

The Thalys sweeps across the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep one lazy evening, between Rotterdam & Antwerp.

Option 2, by InterCity train in 2h52 for €48.60 on the day or from €26 bought in advance...

InterCity train at Brussels

An InterCity train at Brussels Midi, jointly run by NS & SNCB (Dutch & Belgian railways)...

2nd class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   1st class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train

InterCity train 2nd class seats.  See larger photo.

 

InterCity train 1st class seats.  See larger photo.

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Amsterdam to Bruges from €30, see the Amsterdam to Bruges page...
A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys to Brussels & Paris at Amsterdam Centraal...  See panorama photos inside a Thalys train.

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Amsterdam to Luxembourg from €35.90

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys to Brussels & InterCity (IC) train to Luxembourg - fastest, most comfortable, but inflexible, can be expensive.

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

Step 1, take a high-speed Thalys from Amsterdam to Brussels.  This is a Thalys at Amsterdam Centraal.  See panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info about Thalys.

1st class (Comfort & Premium) seating on Thalys   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

Comfort & Premium seats, 2+1 across car width.  Larger photo.

 

Standard seats, 2+2 across.  Larger photo.

Belgian intercity train from Brussels to Luxembourg

Step 2, take a Belgian intercity (IC) train from Brussels to Luxembourg.  This is an IC at Brussels Midi.

2nd class 1st class

2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

1st class seats.  Larger photo.

Option 2, by IC trains - the cheap & flexible option...

InterCity train at Brussels

Step 1, take the hourly InterCity train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels Midi.  This is jointly run by NS & SNCB (Dutch & Belgian railways).  There's no catering, so bring your own food & drink.

2nd class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   1st class seats on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train

InterCity train 2nd class seats.  See larger photo.

 

InterCity train 1st class seats.  See larger photo.

Belgian intercity train from Brussels to Luxembourg

Step 2, take a Belgian intercity (IC) train from Brussels to Luxembourg.  This is an IC about at Brussels Midi.

2nd class 1st class

2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

1st class seats.  Larger photo.

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Amsterdam to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains via Germany from €39.90 upwards - Amsterdam to Switzerland in one day...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne - comfortable & time-effective...

Option 3, using the Hannover-Zurich Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective sleeper option...

Option 4, by high-speed trains via Paris...  A fast option, especially to Geneva or Lausanne in western Switzerland, but involves crossing Paris.

Option 5, by Thalys to Brussels, direct TGV to Lyon, and local train to Geneva.  Saves crossing Paris, good if you need to get to Geneva.

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Amsterdam to Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan & Italy from €69...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Milan in a single day...  Milan to Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples next morning.

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

Step 1, by ICE3 from Amsterdam to Basel...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

Lake Maggiore, seen from a Milan to Basel train

Step 2, by ETR610 EuroCity train from Basel to Milan via the Gotthard main line through the Alps...  You'll pass a lake or two.  This is Lake Maggiore, seen from the dining-car of the northbound 11:25 Milan to Basel over an excellent lunch of salmon tagliatelle & excellent (but expensive!) Swiss red wine.  More information about ETR610 trains.

Restaurant car of a tilting 'Pendolino' train from Geneva to Milan.   Meal on a Swiss EuroCity train between Switzerland & Milan

The restaurant car.

 

Dinner in the diner?

1st class table for two   1st class seats on an ETR610 train

2nd class table for four, ideal for families...

 

1st class seats, 2+1 across car width.  See larger photo.

ETR610 EuroCity train at Milan Centrale

Buongiorno Milano!  The EuroCity reaches Milano Centrale, and you've reached Italy with no airports & no flights...

Option 2, Amsterdam to Venice by daytime trains to Munich then Nightjet sleeper train to Italy.  A time-effective option with dinner in Munich...

Amsterdam to Venice...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam Centraal   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

The Nightjet train from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia

The Nightjet sleeper train from Munich, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia.  See more nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe sleeper, 2-bed   Nightjet deluxe sleepe toilet & shower   4-berth couchette compartment from Cologne to Vienna

2-berth deluxe sleeper.  More info about Nightjet trains.

 

...en suite toilet & shower.

 

4-berth couchettes...

Amsterdam to Milan, Verona, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam Centraal   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Italy   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

Nightjet train from Munich to Italy.  This is a sleeping-car on an Austrian Nightjet train...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families.  Larger photo.

Option 3, Amsterdam to Italy via the Gotthard route - with overnight stop in Heidelberg.

Option 4, Amsterdam to Italy via Munich & the scenic Brenner Pass - with overnight stop in Munich.

Option 5, Amsterdam to Innsbruck overnight by Nightjet sleeper, then Innsbruck to Italy by day via the Brenner Pass.  A scenic & time-effective option.

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Innsbruck   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

Step 1, ICE to Cologne & Nightjet train to Innsbruck.  This is an ÖBB Nightjet train using cars taken over from City Night Line...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families.  Larger photo.

The restaurant car on a EuroCity from Innsbruck arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Option 6, Amsterdam to Italy by daytime trains via Paris from €64.  Fast & comfortable, although involves crossing Paris by metro or taxi...

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Amsterdam to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain from €74...

Option 1:  Amsterdam to Barcelona in a single day by high-speed train, no airports, no flights and lots to see:  Breakfast in Amsterdam, lunch in Paris, dinner in Spain!  Overnight hotel in Barcelona, on to Madrid, Alicante, Malaga or Seville next day.

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

Step 1, Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys.  Above, a Thalys has arrived at Paris Nord.  See panorama photos inside a Thalys trainSee more info about Thalys.

1st class (Comfort & Premium) seating on Thalys   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

Comfort & Premium seats, 2+1 across the car.  Larger photo.

 

Standard seats, 2+2 across.  Larger photo.

Crossing the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep

The Thalys sweeps across the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep one lazy evening, between Rotterdam & Antwerp.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon

Step 2, Paris to Barcelona by TGV Duplex.  Here, a TGV Duplex is boarding at Paris Gare de LyonSee more information, photos & video about the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats on the upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360º photo.

First class a TGV Duplex upper deck   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.  360º photo.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Lunch from the cafe-bar on the train to Barcelona   The hilltop cathedral at Beziers

Dinner from the cafe-bar...

 

View from the train, passing Béziers...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou.

Option 2:  Amsterdam to Barcelona by high-speed train with an overnight stop in Paris.  As option 1, but with an overnight stop to break up the journey.

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Amsterdam to San Sebastian from €63...

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Amsterdam to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal from €122...

On the Sud Express from Hendaye to Lisbon...  See more photos & information.

To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

 

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, converting from beds to seats.  See 360º photo of 4-berth sleeper.

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Amsterdam to Andorra...
 

The intercité de nuit overnight train from Paris to Latour de Carol has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

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Amsterdam to Cologne, Frankfurt or anywhere in Germany from €19.90...
High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bar counter & standing area.  See sample menu.

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Amsterdam to Berlin from €39.90...
Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

An Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

The bistro car on an Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train.  Treat yourself to lunch!

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   2nd class seats on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

1st class seats on these trains are usually in traditional 6-seater compartments.

 

2nd class seating on these trains is usually in open-plan saloons like this, most seats unidirectional, but with some tables for 4...

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Amsterdam to Munich from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

Option 2, using the Cologne-Munich Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option:..

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Munich   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Cologne to Munich...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne from €39.90.  Comfortable & time-effective...

  • Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne by comfortable ICE train, for example one leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 18:38 and arriving Cologne Hbf at 21:12.  Or take an earlier train and spend an evening in Cologne.

  • Stay overnight in Cologne.  The good & inexpensive Ibis Hotel Köln-am-Dom is ideal as it's part of Cologne Hbf itself, with an entrance to the left of the main station entrance - many of its rooms have a cathedral view.  Also near the station with good reviews are the Breslauer Hof Am Dom, Hotel Domspitzen, CityClass Hotel Europa am Dom, Hilton Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom.

  • Then travel by any morning train to Munich you like:  For example, the 06:44 from Cologne Hbf arrives Munich Hbf at 11:08, you can have breakfast in the restaurant car.  Or have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and book a later train, they leave every hour or better.

  • Fares for the whole journey start at €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class if you book as explained below...

  • The cheapest way to book is at German Railways www.bahn.de, enter Amsterdam Centraal to Munich Hbf then click Add intermediate stops and put Cologne Hbf in the via box with your desired stopover duration in the hh:mm box.

    Why not allow time for a wander round Cologne, visiting the cathedral right next to the station?  You can add a stopover of up to 48h duration.  Adjust the departure time and stopover duration to get earlier or later trains for each part of the journey with a longer or shorter overnight stop in Cologne.

    You print your own ticket (on A4 paper or US Letter size is fine) or can show it on your smartphone or laptop.

  • Tip:  Take the scenic route!  If you have an extra hour, take the scenic route along the Rhine Valley from Cologne southwards, rather than the faster high-speed line.  Simply click Add intermediate stops again and enter Koblenz leaving duration as zero.  You will now be routed via the twisting Rhine Valley line past castles, vineyards, river boats, and the legendary Lorelei Rock.  Indeed, you could make Koblenz the stopover instead of Cologne if you like, booking Amsterdam to Munich with Koblenz in the via box and stopover duration say 10 hours..  Sit on the left hand side going south as that's the side the river will be.  See the Rails Down the Rhine page for more information, photos & video.

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Amsterdam to Vienna & Linz from €49.90...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Vienna in a single day from €49.90...

Berlin to Vienna ICE train

An ICE-T from Frankfurt to Vienna, at Frankfurt (Main) Hbf...

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna...

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Frankfurt-Vienna ICE...

Option 2, using the Cologne-Vienna Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

Step 1:  Amsterdam to Cologne by high-speed ICE.  More ICE info.

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  All seats have power sockets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Cologne to Vienna.  More information about Nightjets.

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

As night falls, the train to Vienna crosses the Rhine at Mainz

As night falls, the sleeper train speeds along the Rhine Valley.  Above, crossing the Rhine at Mainz...

Option 3, by daytime trains from €49.90 with overnight stop in Cologne or Nuremberg ...

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Amsterdam to Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains from €39.90...

Option 2, via the Cologne-Munich-Innsbruck Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option:..

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne.  Comfortable & time-effective...

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Amsterdam to Copenhagen from €49.90, Amsterdam to Stockholm from €68...

The City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Copenhagen was discontinued in 2014, but you can easily travel by comfortable daytime trains...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Copenhagen in a single day from €49.90.  Onwards to Stockholm next day...

  • You can travel from Amsterdam Centraal to Copenhagen in a single chill-out day, with several departures to choose from.  For example,

    Leave Amsterdam Centraal at 07:00, an easy change of train at Duisburg & Hamburg, arriving Copenhagen at 18:26.

    Leave Amsterdam Centraal at 11:00, an easy change of train at Osnabrück & Hamburg, arriving Copenhagen at 22:26.

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  The Hamburg to Copenhagen trains go onto a ferry between Puttgarden & Rødby, one of the few places in Europe where trains still get shunted onto ships.  It's a fascinating experience in its own right - you must leave the train and go upstairs into the ship's passenger accommodation during the 50-minute crossing, but you can leave your luggage on the train.  See photos, tips & information for the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey.

    All these trains have catering cars or refreshment trolleys serving drinks, wine, beer, snacks & hot dishes.

  • To find train times & buy tickets...

    You can book from Amsterdam or anywhere in the Netherlands to Copenhagen as one journey at either www.loco2.com or the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  You print your own ticket (on A4 paper, or US Letter size is fine) or can show it on your smartphone or laptop.  Book early & avoid busy dates for the cheapest prices.

  • If you're going to Malmö...

    Catch the next Öresund train from Copenhagen to Malmö, these run every 20 minutes taking 34 minutes.  You can buy a Copenhagen-Malmo ticket at the station, no pre-booking required, but you can save a few euros by booking to Malmo rather then just Copenhagen when using Loco2 or Bahn.de, as German Railways offer through tickets.

  • If you're going to Stockholm...

    Stay overnight in Copenhagen, hotels in Copenhagen near the station with good reviews include the Nimb Hotel (5-star), Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (5-star), Axel Guldsmeden (4-star), Andersen Boutique Hotel, First Hotel Mayfair (3-star), Hotel Ansgar (3-star), City Hotel Nebo (2-star).

    Take an X2000 train to Stockholm next morning.  There's usually a train at 08:23 arriving Stockholm 13:37, or later trains through the day.

    To buy tickets, the straightforward way is to book from Copenhagen to Stockholm at either www.sj.se (in Krona, can struggle with some overseas credit cards, no booking fee) or Omio.com (formerly GoEuro.com, in Krona, €, £ or $, small booking fee, quick & easy to use and readily accepts overseas credit cards).  You print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone.  Fares start at as little as €28 if you book well in advance.

    However, the clever way to buy tickets is this:  Work out what trains you want by doing a dummy booking from Amsterdam to Copenhagen.  Then book from Amsterdam to Hamburg and print your ticket.  Then book from Hamburg to Stockholm, clicking Add intermediate stops and entering Copenhagen in the via box and (say) 11:00 in the 'hh:mm' box.  This way you'll get a Sparpreis Sweden fare from just €39 with an overnight stopover in Copenhagen built in.  Adjust the stopover time until you get the trains you want.  Click here to open bahn.de all set up with the correct parameters - enter your date of travel and adjust departure point & stopover time to suit.  Make sure you allow plenty of time between trains in Hamburg, as you'll no longer be on a through ticket.

  • If you're going to Gothenburg...

    Stay overnight in Copenhagen and travel to Gothenburg by Öresund Link train next morning.  These run every hour, journey time 4h05.  You can buy a Copenhagen-Gothenburg ticket at the station, no reservation necessary.

    However, the clever way to buy tickets is this:  Instead of booking from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, book from Amsterdam to Hamburg, then from Hamburg to Gothenburg (= Göteborg Central), clicking Add intermediate stops and entering Copenhagen in the via box and (say) 11:00 in the 'hh:mm' box.  This way you'll get a Hamburg-Gothenburg Sparpreis Sweden fare from just €39 with an overnight stopover in Copenhagen built in.  Adjust the stopover time until you get the onward trains you want.  Click here to open bahn.de all set up with the correct parameters - enter your date of travel and adjust departure point & stopover time to suit.  Make sure you allow plenty of time between trains in Hamburg, as you'll no longer be on a through ticket.

  • If you're going to Oslo...

    Travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg by Öresund Link train as above.  Trains then run every couple of hours from Gothenburg to Oslo, you can check times and buy tickets at www.sj.se or (if you have any problems) www.acprail.com or www.snalltaget.se.  Or book to Gothenburg using the clever way described above, then simply add a Gothenburg-Oslo ticket booked at either www.nsb.no or www.sj.se.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on a Danish IC3 train

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train...

2nd class seats on a Danish IC3 train   IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg

2nd class seats on an IC3 train...

 

Boarding a train to Copenhagen in Hamburg.

Train boarding ferry

The view from your seat as the IC3 train slowly runs onto the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  Courtesy of Adina Bogert-O'Brien.  Interior & Hamburg photos above courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

125 mph tilting 'SJ2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station SJ2000 2nd class seats

A Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train boarding at Copenhagen main station...

 

2nd class seats on an X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

SJ2000 train   SJ2000 buffet car seating area   SJ2000 self-service buffet car.

X2000 bistro car...

 

X2000 bistro car seating area...

 

Bistro self-service...

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Winter scenery from a train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg.  Amsterdam-Copenhagen from €49.90, Amsterdam-Stockholm from €59.90...

  • Day 1, travel from Amsterdam to Hamburg leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 17:00, changing at Osnabrück to arrive Hamburg Hbf at 22:14.  But by all means take an earlier train and have a leisurely evening in Hamburg, trains leave Amsterdam every couple of hours through the day.

    Book this from €29.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class at www.bahn.de or www.loco2.com.  You print your own ticket (on A4 paper, or US Letter size is fine) or can show it on your smartphone or laptop.

  • Stay overnight in Hamburg.  Suggested hotels in Hamburg next to the Hauptbahnhof with good reviews include (starting with the cheapest) the Hotel Continental Novum, Hotel Furst Bismarck, Hotel Europaischer Hof, Hotel Atlantic Kempinski.

  • Day 2, travel from Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 09:28 arriving Copenhagen at 14:26.  If you're only going as far as Copenhagen, book from Hamburg to Copenhagen from €29.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class at www.bahn.de and print your own ticket or you can show it on your smartphone or laptop.

    Tip:  It can be cheaper to book Amsterdam to Copenhagen in one go from €49.90.  At www.bahn.de click Add intermediate stops, enter Hamburg Hbf and a stopover duration of (say) 11 hours in the hh:mm box and run the enquiry.  Adjust departure time and stopover duration to get the trains you want.

    The Hamburg to Copenhagen EuroCity trains go onto a ferry between Puttgarden & Rødby, one of the few places in Europe where trains still get shunted onto ships.  It's an interesting experience in its own right - you must leave the train and go upstairs into the ship's passenger accommodation during the crossing.  See photos, tips & information for the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey.

  • If you're going to Stockholm, travel onwards from Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000 train.  If you take the 09:28 from Hamburg you'll have time for a late lunch in Copenhagen before the 16:23 X2000 arriving Stockholm Central at 21:37.  Book from Hamburg to Stockholm as one transaction from €39.90 at www.bahn.de - use this special link if you want the 09:28 - looking for suitable departures with 1 change marked ICE, X2 or EC, X2 (X2000s are shown as X2 on bahn.de for some reason).

  • If you're going to Malmö or Gothenburg, travel from Copenhagen to Malmö or Gothenburg by Öresund Link train, these run several times each hour to Malmö, journey time 35 minutes, and once an hour to Gothenburg, journey time 3h48.  Book from Hamburg to Malmö or Gothenburg as one transaction at www.bahn.de (Gothenburg is listed as Göteborg Central).

  • If you're going to Oslo, travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg as shown above.  Trains then run every couple of hours from Gothenburg to Oslo, you can check times at www.bahn.de and buy at the station or at www.sj.se or (if you have any problems) www.acprail.com or www.snalltaget.se.

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Amsterdam to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...

Option 2, Amsterdam to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Kiel on any suitable train from €39.90, for example leaving Amsterdam Centraal around 13:00 arriving Kiel around 19:34 with two easy changes in Osnabruck and Hamburg. 

    Check times & buy tickets at the German Railways site www.bahn.de

  • Stay overnight in Kiel.  In Kiel it's just a 5-6 minute walk from Kiel Hbf to the Color Line ferry terminal, but allow several hours between trains and ferry for the ferry check-in and in case of any delay.

  • Step 2, sail from Kiel to Oslo by luxurious overnight Color Line ferry, with a full range of en suite cabins, suites, bars, restaurants and lounges.  The m/v Magic or m/v Fantasy normally sails at 14:00 arriving Oslo at 10:00 next morning. 

    Check times & buy tickets online at the seat61 Ferry Shop or www.colorline.com.

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this....

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Amsterdam to Helsinki & Finland...
  • You can travel from Amsterdam to Stockholm as shown above then take a ferry to Helsinki as shown here, but you'll probably find it easier to take a direct ferry from Germany to Helsinki.

  • Day 1, travel from Amsterdam to Travemünde on any suitable train from €39.90, for example leaving Amsterdam Centraal around 13:00 arriving Travemünde in the evening - check times & buy tickets at the German Railways site www.bahn.de.  Allow plenty of time in Travemünde for the ferry check-in.

  • Day 2, sail from Travemünde to Helsinki by luxurious Finnlines ferry arriving day 3 or in the morning on day 4, check times & sailing dates and book online at www.finnlines.com.

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Amsterdam to Prague & the Czech Republic from €49.90...

The City Night Line sleeper train from Cologne to Prague was sadly discontinued from 11 December 2016.

Option 1, Amsterdam to Prague by train in a single day - why not spend a few hours in Berlin?

  • Fares start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.

  • Buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone or laptop.  Easy!

    Top tip:  To find the easiest journeys, click Add intermediate stops, enter Berlin Hbf, you can enter a stopover duration if you like.  Then click More means of transport and change admit changes to direct connections in both sections.  You will now see only convenient journeys with one easy change of train at Berlin's magnificent hauptbahnhof.

    It's also worth checking Amsterdam-Prague prices at the Czech Railways website www.cd.cz as they sometimes have cheaper prices than the Germans for exactly the same trains, and you also print your own ticket.  See my tips for using cd.cz.

  • Why not build in some time in Berlin?  This breaks up the trip, there are left luggage lockers available and Berlin Hbf is just 10-15 min walk from the Reichstag & Brandenburg Gate, so even a couple of hours stopover is a worthwhile experience.  If you took the 07:00 from Amsterdam, you could spend 13:22-16:59 exploring Berlin, reaching Prague at 21:26.  To book a ticket with a stopover, simply use www.bahn.de, click Add intermediate stops, enter Berlin and enter a desired stopover duration in the hh:mm box.  With the cheap advance tickets, you can programme in up to 2 stopovers, each up to 48 hours.  You can't add a stopover if you use cd.cz, unless you buy each leg of the trip separately of course.

Option 2, by day trains with an overnight stop in Berlin - more time-effective, with a chance to see Berlin.

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

Step 1:   Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

The bistro car on an Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train.  Treat yourself to lunch!

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   2nd class seats on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

1st class seats on these trains are usually in traditional 6-seater compartments.

 

2nd class seating on these trains is usually in open-plan saloons like this, most seats unidirectional, but with some tables for 4...

 

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

Step 2, Berlin to Prague by EuroCity train...  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  See more photos, tips & info for the Berlin to Prague train ride.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

More cliffs along the river Elbe

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Amsterdam to Bratislava & Slovakia from €79...

Option 1, by daytime train to Berlin then sleeper train to Bratislava.  A comfy & time-effective option...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 3, by sleeper train via Vienna...

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Amsterdam to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by daytime train to Berlin then Hungarian sleeper train to Budapest.  A comfy & time-effective option...

Option 2, by daytime trains to Munich then Hungarian sleeper train to Budapest.  Another time-effective option with dinner in Munich...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

The sleeper train to Budapest   Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest

Step 2, take the sleeper train to Budapest.  Here, the Kalman Imre is about to leave Munich...

 

2-bed sleeper. Larger photo

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

Hungarian couchette car at Munich

Option 3  using the Cologne-Vienna Nightjet sleeper train - another time-effective option with dinner in Cologne...

Option 4, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich.  If you prefer daytime trains and a hotel to sleepers...

Option 5, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

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Amsterdam to Brasov & Bucharest from €117...
En suite toilet & shower on EuroNight sleeper train Ister to Bucharest   Single-berth sleeper on the EuroNight sleeper train 'Ister' to Bucharest   EuroNight sleeper train 'Ister' from Budapest to Bucharest

En suite toilet & shower in deluxe sleeper.

A sleeper set up as a  single-berth...

 

The modern air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car.  Photos courtesy Andy Brabin.

Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest  

Enjoy breakfast in the bar-bistro eastbound, or an evening beer westbound.  The bar-bistro is attached to the Ister between Simeria & Bucharest.  Photos courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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Amsterdam to Ljubljana & Slovenia or Zagreb & Croatia from €72...

Option 1, using the Cologne-Munich Nightjet sleeper train then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 2, by daytime ICE train to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

The 08:17 departure from Munich is a smart Austrian railjet across Austria to Villach on the Austrian-Slovenian border...  This is a railjet about to leave Munich Hbf...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

Railjet is Austrian Railways premier train...  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

Economy class on railjet, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the railjet snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful.,,

If you use the morning train from Munich, there's a quick & simple cross-platform change of train at Villach onto a Slovenian & Croatian train called the Sava...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

More lovely scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Option 3, by daytime trains to Munich then the Croatian sleeper train to Zagreb.  A time-effective option with dinner in Munich...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The sleeping-car on the Lisinski:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Above left, the sleeper arrived at Zagreb.  See larger sleeper photo...

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...

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Amsterdam to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro...

Option 1, daytime train - sleeper - daytime train...

Option 2, sleeper - daytime train - sleeper... 

Amsterdam to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €69.80...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Warsaw in a single day - why not spend a few hours in Berlin on the way?

Option 2, Amsterdam to Krakow using the Berlin-Krakow sleeping-car - why not spend a few hours in Berlin?

Option 3, to Warsaw or Krakow by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin - a time-effective option & a chance to see Berlin.

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin

A Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity train at Berlin Hbf...

1st class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class open plan seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class compartment car...

 

2nd class open-plan car.  Some seats are in compartments.

 

The bar...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

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Amsterdam to Kiev & Ukraine...

The Kiev Express has modernised Ukrainian sleeping-cars with 2-berth & 3-berth compartments.  All bedding is supplied, and washrooms and toilets are at the end of the corridor.  Berths convert to seats for daytime use.  A smartly-uniformed Ukrainian railways sleeper attendant travels with each car.  Photos courtesy of www.railbookers.com

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.

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Amsterdam to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Option 1, using the Warsaw-Moscow sleeper train Polonez - 3 times per week from June 2017, previously daily.

The Polonez train from Warsaw to Moscow uses Russian air-conditioned sleeping-cars, pictured below, with compartments which can be used as 1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth (shown below right), with a shower & toilets at the end of the corridor.  See panorama photo inside one of the new Russian sleepers.

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Option 2, using the new Berlin-Moscow Strizh (Swift) Talgo sleeper train, twice a week...

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow, seen here boarding in Berlin.  It's a Spanish-built articulated Talgo train - note the relatively small size of each car, just one axle between each car.  Courtesy of Stuart Wilks & Jaap van Ginkel.

2-bed sleeper with washbasin, night   2-bed sleeper with washbasin, day mode   Complimentary toiletry pack in a Strizh sleeper

2-berth sleeper with washbasin, in night & daytime modes...

 

Complimentary toiletry pack...

Option 3:  Amsterdam to Moscow via Kiev - avoiding the need for Belarus visa...

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Amsterdam to Athens, Corfu & Greece...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Athens by train & ferry via Italy - the leisurely option with an Adriatic cruise thrown in...

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

Option 2, Amsterdam to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade - a rail adventure across the Balkans...

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Amsterdam to Istanbul & Turkey...

This is an overland adventure, taking 3 nights...

Option 1, via Munich, Budapest & Bucharest...

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia...

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Railbookers custom-made tours

Custom-made tours by train...

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.


Find hotels in Amsterdam & other cities

    

Favourite hotel search & price comparison: hotelscombined.com

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Suggested hotels in Amsterdam...

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use them myself.

 


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