Should tell you all you need to know
Thanks Ronaldo for the website- it does offer a lot of information. Any thoughts on the Thalys high speed train vs the IC train?Does the IC make a lot of stops along the way? For the IC you purchase at the time and Thalys you must purchase ahead of time. Thanks for any insight on one vs the other.
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The high speed train has 3 stops on the way and takes 2 hours, the IC train has 8 stops and takes 3 hours.
Thanks for this information regarding both...Maybe the price of the tickets will be the determining factor...if you get high speed early it is affordable..if not we'll stick with the IC
The Thalys is a nice train and especialy if you have never used high speed tain travel before (perhaps you have) it is a nice experience. However if you book in advance then the fare is generally non refundable so if you inbound flight is late then you may have to buy a new full fare ticket on the day.
Thalys tickets are only available from 12 weeks prior to travel when the cheapest seats are put on sale.
If you are travelling at the weekend then the fare on the IC train is only 19 euros one way.
Why are you not flying to Amsterdam direct though?
I am using frequent flier miles and the only connection I could get was NY-Zurich with an 8 hour layover before the connection to Amsterdam so flying directly wasn't an option. I also thought the train would give a glimpse of the country. The website seemed to indicate that the Thalys tickets had to be purchased ahead of time unlike the IC ticketts which you can buy at the station. There was also something about difficulty with puchasing tickets on-line with foreign credit cards. I won't be able to do anything until 3 months ahead as you mentioned. Thanks again for your information
@RonaldoC I am wondering whether that article you referred to has been updated recently. I have not had any problems purchasing from www.nshispeed.nl from where I live (Australia), in fact, my earliest purchase was in 2009. Perhaps this problem is specific to US credit cards?
I am thinking of making this trip next month on a Thursday. Seems like Thalys is the way to go, especially if you want to see the country the way I do. Is it easy to get around Amsterdam once you get in?
Yes, Amsterdam centre is quite walkable. Only for points a bit far from Central Station, like museum district, public transport (quite dense and frequent) comes to a help.
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]