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    Train travel from/to amsterdam from EU

    by catherineneill Written May 5, 2011

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    Hi

    Amsterdam is a great location for onward train travel.

    You can reach (with high speed train):

    Germany:
    Berlin in 6.5 hours, Bonn in 3, Dusseldorf is 2 hours, koln is 3 and frankfurt is 3.5 hours (ICE trains)

    Belgium
    1h 54 to Brussels and 1h 12 to Antwerp on Thalys
    Brugges in 3 hours (wonderful town plagued by tourists)

    United Kingdom
    London in 5 hours

    France
    3h 18 to Paris
    A bit further but worth it is, during the july and august holiday period, the ZonThalys train that goes through Brussels to the south of france - you can get off at marseille or aix en provence in 7 hours!

    Switzerland

    You can also get to Basel in 7 hours

    A bit further but worth it is, during the july and august holiday period, the ZonThalys train that goes through Brussels to the south of france - you can get off at marseille or aix en provence in 7 hours!

    useful sites

    www.bahn.de
    www.thalys.fr
    www.seat61.com

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    If you are staying outside...

    by Xinta Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    If you are staying outside Amsterdam, the best way to get to Amsterdam is by means of train, as they have a very efficient train services. The train ticket is not very expensive. Besides, it is hard to find a parking space in Amsterdam and it is very costly to park in this city, too unless you are not planning to hang around the area for too long.

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    The train

    by sim1 Updated Dec 2, 2002

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    The Central Station in Amsterdam


    In the first picture you can see the train station of Amsterdam. The train is a very good way of transportation to the major cities in the Netherlands. The big advantage is that you arrive in the center of a city, without worrying about finding a parking spot for the car and of course, no traffic jams!!! Do count on delays though, and over crowded trains during rush hour.
    In my opinion the train is not very cheap here, but an easy way to travel to the center of a major city.
    You can find all information about the trains on this website of the NS (dutch rail) :

    http://www.ns.nl/domestic/index.cgi

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    Fly in if you are coming from...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fly in if you are coming from outside mainland Europe or the UK. Flights are dirt cheap from the UK but don't use EasyJet (See my Europe page for why!) Alternativly, Stenaline run a train and ferry service from London to Amsterdam for just £49 return. A friend and his girlfriend are coming over from Cheltenham for just £99 return to Amsterdam for them both, but that is with a local coach company. If you are travelling from local mainland Europe (Germany, France, Benelux), the train is probably your best bet (Centraal Station shown).
    You can hire bikes (MacBike: Marnixstraat 220
    (020) 626 69 64 / Mr. Visserplein 2
    (020) 620 09 85) or bring your own on the train. Walking is also good as the centre is not too big. If you need to travel medium to long distance around Amsterdam then trams are the best option. You can generally rely on public transport in The Netherlands.

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    Train travel

    by mvtouring Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Using the train to get to other cities and places like Keukenhof is an absolute delight in the Netherlands. It is nice and clean and the best part is watching the people on the trains. So many different nationalities.

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  • Trains

    by sabsi Updated Feb 14, 2003

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    Centraal Station

    The Netherlands are a small country and you can get everywhere really quick. (If the trains aren't on strike as they were when I went there!!!). In one hour there are several trains that connect Amsterdam with places like The Hague, Rotterdam or Utrecht.

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    Trains are the best way to get...

    by CWebb Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Trains are the best way to get in and out of Amsterdam if coming from nearby European countries.
    Buy a strippen kaart, which is a pass for the trams that go throughout town--you can easily get 10-12 rides out of this for a fraction of the cost of paying each time--they are available at the train station. Biking and walking are also good ways of getting around.

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  • Train to Volendam

    by tree99 Written Dec 10, 2009

    Hello people,

    I have plan to travel in Amsterdam for 1 day. I have a day card for the train.
    I need your advice for this traveling plan. I want to travel by train not by bus (if possible).
    Is there anytrain that go to Valendam???

    Thank you very much

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    Train

    by el_ruso Written Aug 29, 2007

    We had a rental car for a week and wanted to stop at a couple of attractions on the way to Amsterdam, but if all you want to see is Amsterdam and you don't have a rental car, I would strongly recommend taking a train instead of driving.

    It is a lot more convenient, cheaper, and you don't have to pay parking.

    The immense train station is in the very center of Amsterdam and convenient to all the sites. The area in front appeared very safe late at night, too.

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    Make sure you have change

    by IoannaE Written Aug 29, 2006

    In train stations you will find ticket-selling machines that cover all of Holland - find the town, which is given a code number, punch in code number, type of ticket etc. and it will tell you how much to pay. Apart from saving you time, this system saves you money - if you join the queue and get your ticket from the booth you'll be charged extra (e.g. from Amsterdam to the airport cost me .50 cents extra, so I paid 4.10 instead of 3.60.). That can add up, so make sure you have plenty of change.

    Also, note that in some smaller stations you may not get service at all on Sundays or after hours, so the automatic ticket selling machine is your only option.

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    Rail pass

    by SnoopySue Written Feb 5, 2005

    Amsterdam is not car friendly city. You can spend a day looking for free parking lots in inner city. So we decided to leave the car in Haarlem (where we were accomodated) and to buy one week rail pass valid for unlimited travel throughout Holland. It was very good bargain saving our money and nerves. Highly reccomendable!

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    To Amsterdam From East Anglia

    by Custodyspice Updated Apr 14, 2004

    Anglia Railways do good deals to Amsterdam. Last August we paid fifty quid per person return ticket. This included the train from Norwich Station to Harwich, the ferry across to the Hook of Holland, and the Express train to Amsterdam Central Station. For the same price you could also have gone from Cambridge or Ipswich.

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    Train to and feet or tram in Amsterdam

    by Heinisuo Written Mar 21, 2003
    Amsterdam Centraal train station

    It is quite easy to get to Amsterdam by train.
    I went from Leiden Centraal (train station) and it seemed that every ten minutes or so there was a train to Amsterdam.

    In the city it's good to walk around and see the "neighbourhood". Or get yourself a "strippenkaart" and use the trams.

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    NS trains

    by catnl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Station Weesp 2001

    to plan ur trip or to find other info about traveling in Holland see the url.
    Trains are comfortable but not always on time, prices are a bit expnsive i think.

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    Take train to nearby cities

    by vickss Written Oct 3, 2009
    We took this to Eindhowen

    Dutch trains a treat to travel.. punctual, clean and easy to travel. So if you are to travel to say Eindhowen or Rotterdam etc etc.. take one of the double decker trains ..

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