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need advice on train tickets Amsterdam> Brugge

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hakan_ca

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Posted: 2004-05-31 03:15:00   

I have 3 days in Europe this year and my flight goes through amsterdam, i plan to visit Brugge in Belgium and stay there 3 nights (did amsterdam already last year)

I'm looking to buy a train ticket from Amsterdam to Brugge and back - so far i have found raileurope's offer that i can purchase here - but im not sure about a few items -

-do i need to buy a seat reservation as well

-do i even need to buy an advance ticket - or can i just show up in amsterdam and get a ticket to brugge and back the same day, im not sure how booked those trains are

-whats the cheaper way - buy ticket here from raileurope (2nd class) comes to around 48us$ per person, one way - with no seat reservation

-or buy a ticket at amsterdam station when i get there (need to be %100 sure that i can get one though)



travels dates are 31 july depart amsterdam (~11:00am) and return to amsterdam aug 03, before noon - no flexibilty in dates cause i have to ctach the plan to Toronto from AMsterdam on Aug 03



any tips & info appreciated

thanks a lot!


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Posted: 2004-06-01 16:55:00   

Hi hakan,

All information about train: http://www.ns.nl click on 'internationaal' then click on 'English' and you will find all information you need. If you need more info, just let me know. I live in the Netherlands so it is easy to help you.

Marianne

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hakan_ca

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Posted: 2004-06-02 02:01:00   

Thanks for the tip, i had tried that site already, and there seems to be a connection at the dates & times i require( as posted below) , HOWEVER



1- i cannot get the system to give me a price online , entire pricing site is in dutch - and Brugge is not one of the destinations where I can purchase an online ticket



2- i need to know if it would be ok to buy a ticket when i arrive in amsterdam, or is that train usually fully booked and i wont be able to get anywhere - basically i need to know if i have to purcahse a ticket in advance



if you could help me with the above two items that would be .fantastic.



thanks !



Journey schedule

From Amsterdam Centraal to Brugge

Saturday 31 July 2004, departure 11:00

Possible use of High Speed Trains.

Time Station/Stop Products Facilities



11:23 Amsterdam Centraal 634

Internationaler Schnellzug

FK

13:32 Antwerpen Centraal



13:39 Antwerpen Centraal IC 1835

InterCity



14:58 Brugge

Show intermediate stops

Valid on Saturday, 31.07.04 Duration: 3:35; runs Sa, Su, also 21. Jul, 1., 11. Nov




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Posted: 2004-06-02 12:36:00   

Hi hakan,

You will need seat reservation for the high speed train and this is very difficult to get, so forget about it.



For the 11:23 to Antwerp

Internationaler Schnellzug you will also need seat reservation but that is easier to get but I would not bother





If I were you I would take the 13:39 InterCity train to Antwerp. No seat reservation needed.



You can buy this ticket from the machine, don't buy it at the counter as you will have to pay extra for any ticket bought from the counter. this holds good for any Dutch destination and as far as I know also for destinations in Belgium. This new rule came into effect as per 1 June 2004. So it is quite new to me as well. I'll ask at the station for you and will let you know.



You need no reservations for the train from Antwerp to Brugge.



Let me know if this is enough information.

Marianne







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Posted: 2004-06-02 13:40:00   

thank you for the tip, i will get tickets once i arrive there with the intercity trains you recommended

i hope i can figure out how to use those ticket machines (in case its all dutch instructions) - interesting that they want to charge more for dealing with people - technology taking over everywhere



should be fun, thanks for all your help, really appreciate it


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Posted: 2004-06-03 15:54:00   

Hakan,

These ticket machines are easy, touch screen. I asked and you will have to pay 50 eurocents extra for each ticket bought over the counter.



The excuse for this 'new development' is that they can give better service to their customers!!!!



Are you from Turkey, I mean originally.

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Posted: 2004-06-05 02:46:00   

thanks for finding out about the ticket details and even calling for me!

I guess i'll do my contribution to the dutch railsystem with e0.50 - hahaha, its ok .. as long as i can get a ticket that same day its fine with me, i wonder now what other alternatives there are to get from Amsterdam to Brugge , maybe i'll research the bus as well , just in case the trains are fully booked - but as far as i understand from you, there is always a ticket available for same day travel ... as long as i am back in amsterdam schipol airport on aug 3 i'm all fine - shouldnt be a problem if you say reservations on intercity train are not required



Yes im born in Turkey, lived there 15 years (actually im going to visit my family in Izmir, aegean coast ) , 11 years in Germany and since 1997 settled in Canada



thanks!

Hakan


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Posted: 2004-06-05 10:47:00   

Hakan,

The intercity trains are no problem, no seat reservation just buy a ticket. I am not so sure about buses. You can try http://www.eurolines.com . I never travelled on them.



We have travelled extensively in Turkey and probably have visited places where you have never been. we also met many 'Hakans'. In my view Turkey is the most friendly and hospitable country in the world (I was in 48 other countries enough to be able to compare.)



Marianne

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