Amsterdam Centraal station
 

Amsterdam Centraal Station, opened in 1889 and just a short stroll from most hotels.  You can take a train from Amsterdam to almost anywhere in Europe...

Suggested hotels in Amsterdam

This page explains how to travel by train from Amsterdam to other European cities & how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & no booking fees.  Wherever you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets as shown below and save money over expensive passes or travel agent mark-ups.  If you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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

With a 1st class international ticket 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.  Note the cockatoo on the bar...

Before you buy your tickets...

Read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a cheap €39 point-to-point advance-purchase ticket online?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

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...



  A Dutch double-decker train at Amsterdam Centraal
 

A Dutch double-decker InterCity train at Amsterdam Centraal...

Amsterdam to anywhere in the Netherlands...

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, Amsterdam to London by train+ferry from €52...

Option 2, Amsterdam to London by high-speed Thalys+Eurostar trains...

Amsterdam to York, Bath, Oxford & 130 other UK towns & cities...
Amsterdam to Hull, Newcastle, the North of England & Scotland...

Amsterdam to Paris in 3h17 from €35, www.b-europe.com...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...


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

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

Option 2, by high-speed TGV, changing in Brussels & by-passing Paris...


Amsterdam to Brussels from €29...

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

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys train in 1h49, fares vary €29 to €87...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

Option 2, by classic InterCity train in 3h30, fixed price €44.60, no reservation necessary...

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

An InterCity train at Brussels.

 

InterCity 2nd class seats...

 

InterCity 1st class seats...


Amsterdam to Bruges or Ghent for €52.80...

Option 1, high speed Thalys via Antwerp in around 2h45 or via Brussels in around 3h12...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

Option 2, classic InterCity in around 3h52...

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

An InterCity train at Brussels.

 

InterCity 2nd class seats...

 

InterCity 1st class seats...


Amsterdam to Luxembourg for €68 any time, any day...

Option 1, by regular trains throughout...

Option 2, using high-speed Thalys to Brussels then an InterCity train to Luxembourg...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

Brussels-Luxembourg train at Brussels Midi 2nd class 1st class

A modern air-conditioned InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

2nd class on the InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

1st class on the InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...


Amsterdam to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €43...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train...

Sleeping-car compartment on the Paris to Berlin night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car of City Night Line sleeper train...

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...

Option 2, by daytime trains from €58...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.

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


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

Option 1, Amsterdam to Zurich by sleeper, then Zurich-Milan via the scenic Gotthard Pass.  I'd probably use the scenic Gotthard Pass route if I were going to Milan, Florence or Rome, but the Brenner Pass route shown in option 2 below if I were going to Verona or Venice.

Sleeping-car compartment on the Paris to Berlin night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

Step 1, take the comfortable City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Zurich HB...

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...

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

Step 2, take a EuroCity train from Zurich to Milan via the scenic Gotthard main line through the Alps...

 

Lunch in the diner?

Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train   Pretty church & vineyards seen from a Zurich to Milan train

The Zurich-Milan EuroCity trains take the Gotthard Pass route through the Swiss Alps.  You'll see lots of pretty Swiss villages & vineyards.  The Swiss keep their wine a closely-guarded secret and export very little, give it a try and you'll understand why they keep it to themselves...

Lunch in the Swiss-run restaurant car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel   Lake Maggiore, seen from a Milan to Basel train

You'll pass a lake or two...  The Zurich-Milan route passes the Zugersee, the Vierwaldstattersee and Lake Lugano, all in Switzerland.  This is Lake Maggiore, seen from the dining-car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel over an excellent lunch of salmon tagliatelle & excellent (but expensive!) Swiss red wine.

2nd class seats on an ETR610 EuroCity train to Italy   ETR610 EuroCity train from Switzerland at Milan Centrale

2nd class seats on an ETR610, all with power sockets.  See panorama photo.

 

Buongiorno Milano!  When the EuroCity from Zurich reaches Milano Centrale, you've reached Italy with no airports & no flights...

Option 2, Amsterdam to Munich by sleeper, then Munich to Italy via the scenic Brenner Pass.  I'd probably use this option in preference to the Zurich route if I were going to Venice or Verona...

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

Step 1, the Night Train to Munich.  Amsterdam to Munich overnight...

More pictures & information about this train...

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Step 2, Munich to Verona by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

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

Option 4, Amsterdam to Italy in a single day via the scenic Gotthard Pass.

Option 5, Amsterdam to Italy via the scenic Gotthard route - with overnight stop in Heidelberg.

Option 6, Amsterdam to Italy by daytime trains via Paris from €64.


Amsterdam to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain from €94...

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

Option 2:  Amsterdam to Barcelona by high-speed train with an overnight stop in Paris...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

1. Amsterdam-Paris by Thalys.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

2. Paris to Barcelona by TGV Duplex. Here, a TGV Duplex is boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

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

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

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

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

 

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/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.


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

On board the Sud Express from Irun to Lisbon...

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 as shown.  See panorama photo of 4-berth sleeper.


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...


Amsterdam to Cologne, Frankfurt or anywhere in Germany from €19, €29 or €39...
High-speed ICE3 train at Frankfurt   ICE2 train, 2nd class

ICE3 at Frankfurt (Main)...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats...

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

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats & power sockets...

 

ICE3 bar counter & standing area.  See sample menu.


Amsterdam to Berlin from €39...
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...


Amsterdam to Munich from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.

Option 2, by direct City Night Line sleeper train.  The time-effective option...

Sleeping-car compartment on a City Night Line train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Berlin overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car of a City Night Line sleeper train.

More pictures & information on City Night Line trains...

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

  • Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne by comfortable ICE train with fares from €19, for example one leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 18:35 and arriving Cologne 21:35.

  • Stay overnight in Cologne, suggested hotels near to Cologne Hauptbahnhof with good reviews (starting with the cheapest) include 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 arrives Munich at 11:04, 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 from €39 in 2nd class or €69 in 1st class.

  • The cheapest way to book this is to use www.bahn.de to book from Amsterdam to Munich, but 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.

  • 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.  Sit on the left hand side going south as that's the side the river will be.


Amsterdam to Vienna & Linz from €48...

Option 1, via the Cologne-Vienna sleeper...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

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

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

Step 2:  Cologne to Vienna by cosy EuroNight sleeper train.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More photos, information & video about the Cologne to Vienna EuroNight train

Option 2, via the Amsterdam-Munich sleeper...

Option 3, by day trains from €48...


Amsterdam to Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €48...

Option 1, via the Amsterdam-Munich sleeper

Option 2, by daytime trains from €39

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


Amsterdam to Copenhagen from €58, Amsterdam to Stockholm from €68...

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

Option 1, Amsterdam to Copenhagen by day trains in a single day from €58.  Onwards to Stockholm next day...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg.  Amsterdam-Copenhagen from €58, Amsterdam-Stockholm from €68...


Amsterdam to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, Amsterdam to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Option 2, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...


Amsterdam to Helsinki & Finland...

Amsterdam to Prague & the Czech Republic from €58...

Option 1, via the Cologne to Prague sleeper train until 10 December 2016

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

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

A 1 2 or 3 bed sleeper on the Cologne-Prague overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

  4-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

  6-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

  The Kopernikus sleeper train to Prague...

Step 2, the Phoenix rises...  Here, the sleeping-car attendant on the Phoenix greets passengers for Cologne at Prague Hlavni.

More pictures & information about the Cologne to Prague sleeper train.

Option 2, by day trains in a single day via Berlin - why not spend a few hours in Berlin?

  • You can travel from Amsterdam to Prague in a single chill-out day (around 12h25 in total) with a good book and a bistro or restaurant car for your meals and the odd beer or glass of red.  

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Berlin by InterCity train in 6h30 from €39, book this at www.bahn.de.  There are departures from Amsterdam Centraal at 07:01, 09:01 or 11:01, all of which will get you to Prague the same day.

  • I'd allow at least 45 minutes between trains in Berlin in case of delay, although changing physically only takes minutes.  But why not programme 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 few hours stopover is a worthwhile experience.  If you took the 07:01 from Amsterdam, you could spend 13:22-17:03 exploring Berlin, and reach Prague at 21:28.  Or even 13:22-18:59, arriving Prague 23:28.

  • Step 2, now travel from Berlin Hbf to Prague Hlavni by EuroCity in just 4h25 from €19 booked at either www.bahn.de or www.cd.cz/eshop - check prices on both sites.  Sit on the left-hand side of the train for the best views along the scenic Elbe river valley south of Dresden.  What's the Berlin to Prague train journey like?

Option 3, by day trains with an overnight stop in Berlin - a time-effective option  and a chance to see Berlin.

  • Day 1, take the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 15:01 and arriving Berlin Hbf around 21:22 with fares from €39.  Or by all means take one of the earlier trains at 11:01 or 13:01 and have more time in Berlin.  Book this train at www.bahn.de.

  • Stay overnight in Berlin, the 3-star Meininger Hotel is ideal as it's right next to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag or a 15-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, it's inexpensive and gets good reviews.  If you want to push the boat out, try the famous Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is right next to the Brandenburg Gate, 15 min walk from the station.  More hotels in Berlin.  If you're on a tight budget, see www.hostelbookers.com

  • Day 2, travel from Berlin to Prague in just 4h28 from €29 on any train you like.  The 07:03 EuroCity train from Berlin will get you to Prague Hlavni at 11:28 with breakfast in the restaurant car as you glide along the scenic Elbe river valley - or have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and take a later train, they leave every two hours.  Book this train from €19 at either www.bahn.de or www.cd.cz/eshop - check prices on both sites.  Bag a seat on the left-hand side of the train for the best views along the scenic Elbe river valley south of Dresden.  What's the Berlin to Prague train journey like?

  • If you can possibly build in a whole afternoon or morning in Berlin, do so - it's a fascinating city.  Don't forget to visit Checkpoint Charlie museum and climb the tower at Berlin Alexanderplatz!

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.


Amsterdam to Bratislava & Slovakia from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin

Option 2  by sleeper train via Vienna...

Option 3, by sleeper train from Berlin


Amsterdam to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains to Munich then by Hungarian sleeper train to Budapest...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne...  More information about ICE.

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-berth sleeper...

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 2, by City Night Line sleeper to Munich and onward Railjet train to Budapest...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich...

Option 4, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...


Amsterdam to Bucharest & Brasov from €117...

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

Option 1, by City Night Line sleeper train to Munich then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

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

Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

An early lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The first stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Villach...

 

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

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and 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 and Zagreb...

 

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

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

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.


Amsterdam to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro...

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

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


Amsterdam to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €48...

Option 1, via the Cologne-Warsaw sleeper train... 

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

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

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Step 2, take the Jan Kiepura sleeper train from Cologne to Warsaw. This is one of the modern Polish sleeping-cars.  More information.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by day trains in a single day via Berlin - why not spend a few hours in Berlin?

Option 3, by day trains with an overnight stop in Berlin - a time-effective option  and a chance to see Berlin.

The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

The Berlin-Warszawa Express has modern air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.

Bistro car on the Berlin-Warszawa Express train   Sausage soup on the Berlin-Warszawa Express   A main course schnitzel in the bistro-restaurant on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

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.


Amsterdam to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Option 1, using the Warsaw-Moscow sleeper train Polonez - with daily departures...

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 Paris-Moscow Express between Berlin & Moscow - 3 days a week...


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...


Amsterdam to Istanbul & Turkey...

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

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

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia...


 


Railbookers custom-made train travel & hotels

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.com.

  US call toll-free 1-888-829-4775, www.railbookers.com.

  Canada call toll-free 1-855-882-2910, www.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Amsterdam & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

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!

 


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