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...

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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 on this page 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.

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.  Spot the cockatoo on the bar...

Before you buy your tickets...

Do read these top 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?", "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?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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... 

Buy Dutch train tickets at www.b-europe.com.

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, 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 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 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!


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 & a classic flexible one...

Option 1, by high-speed Thalys train in 1h49, fares vary from €29 to €82...

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 for €45.80, or in advance from €19...

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 €54.20...

Option 1, using a high-speed Thalys train 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, always €54.20 even bought on the day...

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 €68.80 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...

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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 €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains via Germany from €39 upwards.  The Amsterdam-Switzerland City Night Line sleeper was sadly discontinued in 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.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.

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

Option 3, by high-speed trains via Paris...  A fast option, especially to Geneva or Lausanne in western Switzerland, but involves crossing Paris.

Option 4, by Thalys to Brussels, direct TGV to Lyon, and local train to Geneva.  Saves crossing Paris, good if you need to get to Geneva.


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

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

Option 2, Amsterdam to Italy via the Gotthard route - with overnight stop in Heidelberg.

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

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

Option 4, Amsterdam to Innsbruck overnight by Nightjet sleeper, then Munich to Italy by day via the Brenner Pass.  A scenic & time-effective option.

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...

 

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...

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

Option 6, Amsterdam to Milan, Florence, Rome by daytime trains to Munich then Nightjet sleeper train.  A time-effective option with dinner in Munich...

Option 7, Amsterdam to Italy by daytime trains via Paris from €64.  Fast & comfortable, although involves crossing Paris by metro or taxi...


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...
  • For Porto, alight from the Sud Express at Coimbra B, Entroncamento or indeed Lisbon and take a train north to Porto, book this at the Portuguese railways website www.cp.pt, which is the only site that can book Portuguese trains.

  • For the Algarve, change at Lisbon Oriente for an InterCity train to Faro, book this at the Portuguese railways website www.cp.pt.

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...
  • Regular ICE high-speed trains run from Amsterdam Centraal to Düsseldorf (2h12), Cologne (2h38) and Frankfurt (3h56), with onward connections to destinations all over Germany.

  • Fares start at just €19 to Cologne, from €29 to Frankfurt or €39 to anywhere else in Germany.

  • Just go to the German Railways website www.bahn.de to check train times, prices and to buy tickets online.  Bookings normally open 92 days in advance, and you simply print out your own ticket.  I recommend registering when prompted, rather than booking as a guest, so you can always log in and check or re-print all your bookings.

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...
  • Every two hours, a comfortable smooth-riding InterCity train leaves Amsterdam Centraal for Osnabruck (3h05), Hanover (4h17) & Berlin Hauptbahnhof (6h14).  Trains are the best option on this route, they're centre to centre with no check-in or airport hassle.  The trains have plenty of space for luggage and a bistro car, so treat yourself to a meal and a beer or two.

  • Fares from Amsterdam to Berlin start at just €39 if you pre-book direct with German Railways at www.bahn.de

    Booking usually opens 92 days ahead, and you simply print your own ticket.  I recommend registering when prompted, rather than booking as a guest, so you can always log in and check or re-print all your bookings.

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...

  • You can travel from Amsterdam Centraal to Munich in as little as 7h24 from €39 by  ICE high-speed trains with 1 easy change, sometimes in Mannheim, sometimes Dusseldorf.

  • Simply go to the German Railways website www.bahn.de to check times & prices and buy tickets online.  I recommend registering when prompted, rather than booking as a guest, so you can always log in and check or re-print all your bookings.

  • Top tip:  Take the Rhine Valley scenic route! 

    By default, the journey planner at www.bahn.de will send you the fastest way, either via Hannover or via the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed line.  If you don't mind taking an extra hour you can use the classic curvaceous Rhine Valley route between Cologne and Frankfurt, past vineyards, mountains, castles, river boats and the legendary Lorelei Rock.

    To get this option using www.bahn.de, simply click Add intermediate stops and put Koblenz in the via box.  You'll now see options via Bonn & Koblenz in the search results, which means the Rhine Valley route.  Make sure you find seats on the left hand side of the train going south, as that's where the Rhine will be.

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

  • This is the most time-effective option.  It's fun too, with time for dinner in Cologne and it may save you a hotel bill...

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Cologne by luxurious ICE train leaving Amsterdam Centraal around 16:35 and arriving Cologne Hbf around 19:12.  By all means book an earlier train and see more of Cologne.  You'll see the imposing Cologne cathedral right next to the station, and the River Rhine is only 10 minutes walk away.  There's an earlier train around 14:35 arriving Cologne at 17:12.

    Book Amsterdam to Cologne from just €19 using the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket.

    Dinner in Cologne before boarding the sleeper?  There's no restaurant car on the sleeper train, so have dinner in Cologne.  For traditional German meal in Cologne before boarding your sleeper, try the Brauhaus Sion (www.brauhaus-sion.de), 5 minutes walk from Cologne Hauptbahnhof, or there's a restaurant in the Hauptbahnhof called the Schweinske, www.schweinske.de.  But I'd go for the Sion!

  • Step 2, travel from Cologne to Munich by direct Austrian Nightjet sleeper train leaving Cologne Hbf at 21:21 and arriving Munich Hbf at 07:05.

    This comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned sleeping-car (1, 2 & 3-berth compartments with washbasin, toilets & shower at the end of the corridor, plus three deluxe compartments with 1, 2 or 3 beds with private shower & toilet), couchette cars (4 & 6 berth compartments) & ordinary seats.  The sleeper & couchette fares include a light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

    Fares start at €59 in 6-berth couchettes, €69 in 4-berth couchettes, €99 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €139 with a single-bed sleeper all to yourself.

    Book this using either the German railways website www.bahn.de or the Austrian railways website www.oebb.at.  I suggest checking both sites as prices can differ.

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...

 

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.  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 Hbf at 21:35.  Or take an earlier train and spend an evening in Cologne.

  • 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 Hbf arrives Munich Hbf 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 Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option...

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 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...

 

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 Nightjet trains.

   

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 2, Amsterdam to Vienna in a single day from €48...

Option 3, by daytime trains from €48 with overnight stop in Cologne or Nuremberg ...


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

Option 1, via the Cologne-Munich-Innsbruck Nightjet sleeper train:..

Option 2, by daytime trains from €39...

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

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

  • Stay overnight in Cologne. Starting with the cheapest, suggested hotels near to Cologne Hauptbahnhof with good reviews include the Breslauer Hof Am Dom, Hotel Domspitzen, CityClass Hotel Europa am Dom, Hilton Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom.

  • Then take any morning train to Munich you like:  The 06:44 from Cologne will get you to Salzburg at 13:02 with breakfast on board in the restaurant, or have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and book a later train, they leave at least hourly.  Fares from €39 in 2nd class or €69 in 1st class. 

  • If you're going to Salzburg, the cheapest way to book this is to use www.bahn.de to book from Amsterdam to Salzburg as one journey, 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.

  • If you're going to Innsbruck or elsewhere in Austria, you need to split the booking like this  First use www.bahn.de to book Amsterdam to Cologne then use it again to book from Cologne to your Austrian destination.


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, you can leave Amsterdam Centraal at 07:00 arriving Copenhagen at 18:22 with an easy change of train at Duisburg & Hamburg.  Or you can leave at 09:00 arriving Copenhagen at 20:22 with an easy change of train at Osnabrück & Hamburg. 

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  The Hamburg to Copenhagen trains go onto a ferry between Puttgarten & 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 50-minute crossing, but you can leave your luggage on the train.

    All these trains have catering cars 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.  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 luxe), 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).

    Then take an X2000 train to Stockholm next morning.  There's usually a train around 08:21 arriving Stockholm around 13:39, or later trains through the day.

    To buy tickets, the straightforward way is to book from Copenhagen to Stockholm at the Swedish Railways website www.sj.se or (if you have any problems) www.acprail.com or www.snalltaget.se.  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...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...  Most Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are now EuroCity trains worked by Danish IC3 units like the one above, although the 09:28 from Hamburg and the 17:37 from Copenhagen are worked by Danish-owned ICE-TD trains like the one shown below.

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.

A 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 X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More info on X2000 trains

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

  • Day 1, travel from Amsterdam to Hamburg from €29 booked at www.bahn.de or www.loco2.com.  There are various departures throughout the day with just 1 change, usually at Osnabrück, total journey time around 5h10.  You can leave Amsterdam Centraal as late as 17:00, change at Osnabrück, arriving Hamburg Hbf at 22:13.  But by all means take an earlier train if you like and have a leisurely evening in Hamburg.

  • 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 superb ICE train.  From March to October there's an 07:25 ICE from Hamburg Hbf arriving Copenhagen 12:22.  Or have a leisurely breakfast and leave Hamburg at 09:28 arriving Copenhagen at 14:22, this departure runs all year round.  If you're only going as far as Copenhagen, book from Hamburg to Copenhagen from €29 at www.bahn.de and print your own ticket.

  • The Hamburg to Copenhagen ICE train goes onto a ferry between Puttgarten & 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.

  • 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 16:34 X2000 arriving Stockholm Central at 21:39.  Book from Hamburg to Stockholm as one transaction from €39 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.  You can make Hamburg to Oslo in a single day if you use the 07:25 March-October departure.


Amsterdam to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, 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, for example leaving Amsterdam around 12:39 arriving Kiel around 19:38 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-minute taxi ride or 15-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.

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


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, for example leaving Amsterdam around 12:49 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.


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

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?

  • You can travel from Amsterdam to Prague in a single chill-out day with a good book and a bistro or restaurant car for your meals and the odd beer or glass of red.  Why not stop off for a few hours in Berlin?

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Berlin by InterCity train in 6h30 from €39.  There are departures from Amsterdam Centraal at 07:00, 09:00 or 11:00, all of which will get you to Prague the same day.  See an account of this journey & things you'll see from the train.

  • Step 2, now travel from Berlin Hbf to Prague Hlavni by EuroCity in just 4h25 from €19.  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 & scenery like?

  • You can check times & buy tickets from Amsterdam to Prague at the German Railways website www.bahn.de as one simple transaction.  In the search results, look for journeys with 1 change, in Berlin.  You print your own ticket.  Easy!

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

  • Stopover in Berlin?  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 couple of hours stopover is a worthwhile experience.  If you took the 07:00 from Amsterdam, you could spend 13:22-17:03 exploring Berlin, reaching Prague at 21:28.  Or even 13:22-18:59, arriving Prague 23:28.  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/eshop, unless you buy each leg of the trip separately of course.

Option 2, 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 15:00 and arriving Berlin Hbf around 21:22 with fares from €39.  Or by all means take one of the earlier trains at 11:00 or 13:00 and have more time in Berlin.  Book this train at www.bahn.de See an account of this journey & things you'll see from the train.

  • 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.hostelworld.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 & scenery 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.

More cliffs along the river Elbe

Amsterdam to Bratislava & Slovakia from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

  • Day 1, take the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 15:00 and arriving Berlin around 21:22 with fares from €39.  Or by all means take one of the earlier trains at 11:00 or 13:00 and spend some 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.hostelworld.com.

  • Day 2, take a Berlin-Bratislava EuroCity train from €39 next morning also booking this at www.bahn.de - there's an 06:58 with change in Prague, or a direct train leaving Berlin at 09:00.  You should sit on the left hand side going south as beyond Dresden the train follows the scenic Elbe river.

Option 2  by sleeper train via Vienna...

Option 3, by sleeper train from Berlin...

  • Step 1, take the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 11:00 and arriving Berlin around 17:22 with fares from €39.  Or by all means take one of the earlier trains at 07:00 or 09:00 and spend some time in Berlin.  Book this train at www.bahn.de.

  • Step 2, take a Berlin-Bratislava sleeper train leaving Berlin Hbf at 19:01 and arriving Bratislava at 05:36, also booking this at www.bahn.de.  Sleepers (1, 2 & 3 bed with washbasin) and couchettes (4-bunk & 6-bunk) are available.


Amsterdam to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains to Munich then Hungarian sleeper train to Budapest.  This is a time-effective option with dinner in Munich...

  • Step 1, travel from Amsterdam to Munich by comfortable daytime ICE trains.  For example, you can leave Amsterdam Centraal around 12:30, change in Frankfurt to arrive Munich Hbf around 20:15, with fares from €39.   For dinner in Munich while waiting for the sleeper, try www.augustinerkeller.de at Arnulfstrasse 52, to the north side of Munich Hbf.

  • Step 2, then take the comfortable Hungarian sleeper Kalman Imre leaving Munich Hbf at 23:35 and arriving Budapest Keleti at 09:24, sleeping in a comfortable Hungarian sleeping or couchette car, see the Hungarian sleeping-car video.  Fares start at €59 with a couchette in a 6-berth compartment, €69 with a couchette in a 4-berth compartment, €79 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper with washbasin, €99 in a 2-bed sleeper with washbasin or €129 in a single-bed sleeper with washbasin.

  • To buy tickets, first book the sleeper from Munich to Budapest using www.bahn.de - In this case tickets are sent by post to any address worldwide for a few euros fee, but you need to allow time for the tickets to arrive.  Then book a connecting Amsterdam-Munich journey also using www.bahn.de, allowing at least an hour to change trains in Munich in case of any delay.

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  using the Cologne-Vienna Nightjet sleeper trainThis is also a time-effective option with dinner in Cologne...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich.  If you prefer daytime trains and a hotel to sleepers...

  • Day 1, travel from Amsterdam Centraal to Munich Hbf on any daytime trains you like, from €39 booked at www.bahn.de.  There are many options, including ones taking 7h52 by comfortable German ICE train with one easy change at Düsseldorf.  You can leave Amsterdam Centraal as late in the day as 13:00.

  • Stay overnight in Munich.  Try the Sofitel Munich Beyerpost, Eden Hotel Wolff, InterCity Hotel or (budget) the Pension Locarno, all right next to the station with great reviews.

  • Day 2, now travel from Munich to Budapest by modern Austrian Railjet train in 7h15 from €39 also booked at www.bahn.de.  Trains leave every 2 hours, the 07:25 will get you to Budapest Keleti at 14:19, but by all means have a leisurely breakfast and take the 09:30 departure arriving 16:19. 

    Look out for views of Salzburg citadel as you cross the river Salzach approaching Salzburg station.  If you like, you can incorporate a stopover in Salzburg of a few hours or a day or two at no extra charge using the Add intermediate stops feature.  Left luggage lockers are available.

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

  • Day 1, take the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train leaving Amsterdam Centraal at 15:00 and arriving Berlin around 21:22 with fares from €39.  Or take one of the earlier trains at 11:00 or 13:00 and have more time in Berlin.  Book this train at www.bahn.de and print your own ticket.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel 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.  More hotels in Berlin.  If you're on a tight budget, see www.hostelworld.com.

  • Step 2, now travel from Berlin to Budapest from €39 also booked at www.bahn.de.  There's a direct train at 09:00 arriving 20:35, with restaurant car.  Grab a seat on the left-hand side of the train for the best views along the scenic Elbe river valley south of Dresden.


Amsterdam to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest from €117...

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...

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

A smart Austrian railjet train.  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

Economy class seats on RailJet.

Austrian railjet seats   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

1st class seats on the Austrian Railjet from Munich through great scenery to Villach on the Slovenian border.  More railjet information...

 

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.

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


Amsterdam to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro...

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

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


Amsterdam to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €78...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day via Berlin - why not spend a few hours in Berlin?

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin - a time-effective option & 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 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.  It's a Spanish-built articulated Talgo train - note the relatively small size of each car, with just one axle between each pair of cars.  Photos courtesy of 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 - avoids need for Belarus visa...


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 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

 

◄◄ 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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