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Rail Schipol-Brugge

Melbourne, Australia
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Rail Schipol-Brugge

We arrive Schiopl Airport in Amsterdam at 7am and the wish to travel to Brugge. I have found timetables on the web but cannot find any fares.

I can get a Eurail pass for about A$219 each for a 3 day pass which will allow us to travel Schipol-Brugge-Amsterdam however would it be cheaper just to purchase tickets on our arrival?

Appreciate any advice

Peter

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Thanks Sterling...Much appreciated

Peter

Gold Coast

Australia

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3. Re: Rail Schipol-Brugge

Forget about Eurail passes or discount cards.

You don't say when you will be arriving but you have two choices.

1. There is an NS international train which runs hourly from Amsterdam to Brussels stopping at Schiphol and Antwerp ( which is where you should change for Brugge). You can just go to the ticket desk on arrival and buy the ticket there and then, no reservations are possible for this train. I think this should be €43 one way but you can check this on

http://www.nshispeed.nl/en

This train will take approx 3hr 30

2. You can take the Thalys from Schiphol to Antwerp and then the IC train to Brugge (the same one as you would change on to in option 1). There is an hourly direct train and then another every other half hour which requires a quick change in Gent. The Thalys need to be booked as far in advance (bearing in mind that the cheapest fares are only released 12 weeks before departure) and you can select Antwerp as your desination but also the ABS option (which stands for Any Belgian Station). This will cover your onward trip to Brugge from Antwerp.

Cheapest fare is €30 doing it this way but with the disadvantage that there is no flexability i.e. you cannot change the ticket after you have booked if you get the cheapest fare. This is also a hi speed (300kph) train so you will reach Antwerp in less than an hour with another hour or so to Brugge.

You need to book this on http://www.thalys.com/fr/en/?time=1280144566

Good luck.

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4. Re: Rail Schipol-Brugge

Firstly, you might bear in mind that we have no idea how much A$219 might be! It is up to you to "translate" prices if you want someone to compare with local ones, which of course will be in euro. Secondly, however, the official advice is that a) it is hardly ever worth buying any Eurail pass for the Benelux because it is almost impossible to travel the network extensively enough to make full use of it, and because local prices are not extortionate anyway - as long as you keep off the "premium" high-speed trains for which you would have to pay a supplement with Eurail pass anyway - and b) it is rarely worth buying a Eurail pass to cover ONE international journey, or even a return journey: and all you appear to be doing is Schiphol-Brugge-Schiphol with an extension to Amsterdam on the way back. And unless you are doing this over a weekend, when you could beneit from "Benelux return" rates, the price is the same as for two singles, Schiphol-Brugge followed by Brugge-Amsterdam; for the same types of train of course.

Therefore, I would guess that these 2 trips are most unlikely to cost as much as A$219, when Brugge-Amsterdam would normally cost €45.40 by IC (Brugge-Antwerp, Antwerp-Amsterdam); so total cost for Schiphol-Brugge-Amsterdam need not exceed €90. But as has been said, it all depends on what type of train you choose between Schiphol and Antwerp/Brussels and between Brussels/Antwerp and Amsterdam, and if you wanted to go for a high-speed train, when your journey is to take place and how far in advance you would be booking (reservations being obligatory for such trains). On the other hand, you don't need to book if you use IC trains, and there is no difference in price if you purchase in advance or on the day.

Try options on http://www.b-europe.com/Travel

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