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Can you HELP me decide between Zurich, Munich, and Frankfurt?? Please?

Can you HELP me decide between Zurich, Munich, and Frankfurt?? Please?

May 23rd, 2004, 06:18 AM
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Must you stay in Amsterdam? I did not find it to be near as interesting as the other cities on your list. Any chance of connecting from Amsterdam to Paris on your outward journey, then taking the days alloted to Amsterdam and going to Munich instead?
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May 23rd, 2004, 06:44 AM
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Hi reddington,

For 2 weeks I would plan on seeing 2 cities (and their surroundings) - that gives you about 3 days in each place, hardly enough time to get bored. So, Amsterdam, Prague and Paris make a great (and unorthodox) combination! Don't forget that you'll need to spend some time in Amsterdam on both ends of your trip.

Logistically, I would do this as follows:
- Fly from Amsterdam to Prague and Prague to Paris on Smartwings
- Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

Purchasing a Eurailpass makes zero sense, since it doesn't even cover the Thalys train, only entitles you to a discount.

If you really want to add Berlin to the mix, it would fit best between Prague and Paris:
- train from Prague to Berlin (just under 5 hours)
- fly from Berlin to Paris on EasyJet

Here are the sites for booking your journey:
www.bahn.de (for the train from Prague to Berlin)
www.easyjet.com (Berlin - Paris)
www.smartwings.net (Amsterdam - Prague - Paris)
www.thalys.com (train Paris - Amsterdam; select France as country of residence and prepay)

Hope this helps,
Andre
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May 23rd, 2004, 06:59 AM
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Here's a more direct link for the Prague-Berlin tickets:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

Cost is EUR 78.25 for 2 people in second class.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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May 23rd, 2004, 07:36 AM
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Actually,

I'm going to disagree with myself ;-) and suggest the following itinerary:

- Thalys train to Paris immediately upon arrival from the US in Amsterdam Schiphol airport (it leaves right from the airport and takes just under 4 hours) - this is the best use of your time.

- Fly from Paris to Prague on Smartwings (or to Berlin on EasyJet if you choose to add it, then train to Prague)

- Fly from Prague to Amsterdam on Smartwings.

I would buy the train ticket to Paris in Amsterdam upon arrival - you never know if your flight is delayed. Fare is EUR 180.- for 2 in 2nd class. If you're a gambler, you can purchase a non-exchangeable and non-refundable "Smilys" fare at EUR 138 for 2 and print it out yourself by following the instructions on this link:
http://www.thalys.com/buy/discover_the_printed_ticket
Enter ticket pickup in FRANCE and SCHIPHOL as your departure station.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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May 23rd, 2004, 07:39 AM
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OOPS, forgot to add that the Smilys fare requires roundtrip travel, so you need to enter a fictional return date to get the fare.

Hope this helps,
Andre
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May 23rd, 2004, 07:47 AM
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Ok this is getting embarassing, but I just noticed that you are 25, which would entitle you to the youth fare on the Thalys - it would only cost EUR 45.50 and does not require advance booking. So if your companion is also under 26, that's the way to go with a total cost of only EUR 91 for 2. Even if he/she is older, it's still marginally cheaper to buy 1 full fare and 1 youth ticket rather than 2 Smilys (136 EUR vs. 138). So forget about the Smilys

Hope this helps,
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