What do you mean by safer? If I am to take point to point trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam then Rotterdam to Antwerp it costs me 28.7 Euro's compared to 18.70 Euros from Amsterdam to Antwerp at semi-flex fair. In case if I miss the train, I don't mind waiting for an hour to catch the next train. So, I can take any IC train heading to Antwerp from Rotterdam then as you have mentioned.
Well taking an earlier train Amsterdam-Rotterdam means 20 or 30 mins longer travel but almost 100% guarantee of catching the connection. In the original plan you have maybe 90% guarantee of catching it (generally it's opposite side of same platform) but 10% chance of being 1 hour later. That sounds safer to us but it's subjective...
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]
A ticket for the IC trains along the route Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Brussels is valid for a whole day, so you can take whichever train you want between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and then between Rotterdam and Antwerp https:/…Validity
Trains between Rotterdam and Antwerp are only hourly; trains between Amsterdam and Rotterdam are much more frequent. That is the logic behind ErikdR's suggestion in post 3.
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