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Buying International Train Tickets at the Station

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Buying International Train Tickets at the Station

From Amsterdam to Munich, there is one transfer at Dusseldorf. Do I need to purchase one ticket for Amsterdam to Dusseldorf, then at Dusseldorf, get a ticket to Munich? Or is it possible to buy both tickets at the Amsterdam station?

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You can buy one ticket for the entire journey at Amsterdam Centraal. But most of the time it's cheaper to buy international tickets in advance online.

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Yes, best buy three months in advance if you can. For those international high speed trains, prices go up over time as the cheaper tickets sell out. www.seat61.com for all the info, use the third drop down menu,

From: Amsterdam (new screen will appear)

To: Munich

> it will show you info and photos.

And bookmark that site for any future train travels anywhere on the globe.

(By the way most trains *within* the Netherlands are fix price and are a dense network connecting lots of places wih frequent schedules, including Schiphol airport and several stations in Amsterdam proper).

Edited: 31 August 2014, 10:47
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Thank you so much! I was hoping for a more flexible schedule and be able to decide on the day of travel what time to hop on a train, but there does seem to be a significant price difference by booking in advanced.

Would either of you happen to know if the view from Amsterdam to Munich is worth seeing? Or would it be better to take the City Night Line and sleep through the ride?

Thanks again for the helpful information!

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The City Night Line is certainly time-effective, and saves a hotel bill. Plus a European sleeper train is an experience in itself.

The day journey is only spectacular if you take the old classic route down the Rhine Valley rather than the new high-speed Cologne-Frankfurt line which shaves an hour off the journey time. Naturally, the bahn.de journey planner defaults to the faster route!

To check the Rhine Valley route, simply use www.bahn.de/en to book Amsterdam to Munich but click 'add stopovers' and put 'Koblenz' into the 'via' box. Then every journey you see in the search results will be via the Rhine, past castles and vineyards and mountains and river boats and the famous Lorelei Rock. A favourite bit of railway in Germany!

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Thanks for the info, Man_in_Seat_61! Also, your site is incredibly helpful. It is very much appreciated.

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