I am looking at booking my TGV tickets for my trip in October. We are flying into Paris from Canada and want to go to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and use the train to travel and do it the cheapest and less confusing way possible.
If I look at the prices on SNCF site, I could get SMILYS fares for 54 euros Paris to Brussels and 33 euros Brussels to Amsterdam. However, on the Brussels to Amsterdam leg, there are also intercity trains which require no reservations for 68 euros.
I understand some of the pros and cons for each option. Taking the SMILYS on both legs requires us to set up our itineraries and coordinate the two legs properly. On the other hand, the intercity train is not only more expensive but requires us to transfer to Brussels NORD.
In your opinions, which option is the best option?