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ABS Tickets: Amsterdam to Bruges to Paris

Feb 29th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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i understand

good idea about asking someone else

but Hetismij says that American credit cards should work as chips apparently are not needed - well she thinks that

when i asked the luggage room desk in Amsterdam CS if my credit card would work they said they had heard that it might not - they said i should try but i did not feel like spending about 5 euros to find out.

Schiphol Airport lockers still do take coins and bills
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Feb 29th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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As far as I understand from the NS site you get a card which you then use to open the locker on your return. But as I said I've never used the lockers so can't be sure.
There are lockers at Den Haag HS. These don't need/take CCs, but do take Maestro ATM cards.
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Feb 29th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Do the HS lockers take coins? Ones in Leiden when i looked took only cards, like Amsterdam CS

Seems they are changing to all cards and eliminating the hassle of collecting the coins, etc - also better way to track folks who use the lockers?
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Feb 29th, 2008, 12:41 PM
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All NS lockers only take cards. Makes it much safer for all concerned. They have no idea who is using the lockers - they work the same way as using your card to buy something in a shop.
If it doesn't accept your card and you have the cash I expect you an ask someone to use their card and you give them the money - provided of course that the locker issues a key card, and doesn't rely on the same card to re-open it. I have no time to investigate this for you this week I'm afraid.
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Feb 29th, 2008, 12:52 PM
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Thanks, so helpful. I e-mailed the den haag tourist office so hopefully they'll respond with the same answer...of course not as fast as Fodorites!

Looks like I will just try and leave Amsterdam in the morning and go to den Haag, drop the luggage, visit Madurodam for 2-3 hours, and then continue to Brugge. This will maximize my time in Amsterdam and avaid backtracking. Thanks for all your help!

Are taxi's cheap out there? Once I get to the train station, I still have to take another train/tram. Hopefully this is worth the effort. Fromt he pics, it seems the kids will have a great time there.
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Feb 29th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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This thing about the Dutch lockers must be fairly new. I've not had problems in the past, so I don't know how the card system works. I can see their wanting to switch to a card system, but it makes things hard for visitors -- who tend to be the ones using these lockers. In France, for example, the pay phones take phone cards and not coins, so I have a hard time making phone calls these days.

I was it was Karlsruhe where I had an experience with a chip retrieval system. Normally I'm used to punching in a code, but there you get a round chip (that looks like gambling chip), and when you insert it the locker pops open. Maybe the retrieval system in Holland will be similar once you've paid for the locker.

I'm not sure how far is Madurodam is from the station, but I'd guess that it shouldn't take more than 20 euros to get there unless it's really far.
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Feb 29th, 2008, 01:13 PM
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You can get a tram to Madurodam.It takes about 15 minutes. I think it is tram 9.
Madurodam is definitely worth a visit! Fun for everyone. You can buy your tickets online and print out the tickets. You don't need to specify a day, so if you do decide to do it from Amsterdam it's not a problem. Den Haag is worth a day trip if you can spare the time. Your kids may also enjoy Panorama Mesdag, and of course the beach.
Have a great trip.
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Mar 1st, 2008, 06:13 AM
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Dutch railways at least used to have a Trein and Taxi scheme where a (shared) taxi would be waiting at the station for you if reserved and the fee was low

I think perhaps however this in not done in huge stations like Den Hague
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Mar 1st, 2008, 06:25 AM
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Sadly they stopped the Traintaxi scheme a few years ago. It was difficult to get taxi companies to sign up to it apparently.
It never ran from major stations like Den Haag, but was very useful for us. We used it for going to Schiphol as the next town has a direct line to Schiphol whereas from our town we would have to change trains, after walking a couple of Kms to the station. It was even better when KLM tickets gave you a free train ride to Schiphol!
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