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r_shum Feb 26th, 2003 04:46 PM

Night train from Zurich/Lucene to Brussels and Amsterdam
Did anyone take the train before? Does it pass through France (which my pass does not cover)? Any other advices/suggestions? Thanks.

HuisClos Feb 26th, 2003 06:44 PM

If you take the Schweiz express (train no. 202 from Berne or Basel, it will arrive about 9:00 a.m. the next day in Amsterdam, but it goes through Germany, not France, and does not stop in Brussels. I believe the only train from Switzerland direct to Brussels passes through France.

r_shum Mar 11th, 2003 01:13 AM

Does the Rail SelectPass cover the fare of CityNightLine between Zurich and Amsterdam (provided that the pass covers Switerland, Germany and Benelux)?<BR> Thanks

jenviolin Mar 11th, 2003 02:01 AM

Yes, your RailSelectPass for Switz, Germany &amp; Benelux is valid for the CityNight Line, leaving Zurich at 21:44 and arriving the next morning in Amsterdam at 09:41, BUT you must make a reservation and pay a surcharge if you want any of the 'sleep' options, ranging from 10 Euro for a reclining sleep chair to 99 Euro for a single sleeper compartment. Those are low season surcharges; the high season surcharges are about 20% higher and the high season dates in late April/early May are: 16-21 April, 25 April and 3 May. There is also a small booking charge for the reservation. I got this information for you from the Dutch Railways International Office.

ben_haines_london Mar 11th, 2003 04:14 AM

The reference library of a city near you may have the Thomas Cook European Timetable. This confirms Huis Clos throughout. The Pegasus Express, with 1,2,3 and 4 berth sleepers, 4 and 6 berth couchettes, and a restaurant car leaves Zurich at 2144 and Basle at 2317, runs through Germany, and reaches Amsterdam at 0941. A branch of the same train stops in Cologne at 0632 and you can take a buffet car InterCity Express from Cologne at 0713 to Brussels Midi at 0946. The direct night train from Zurich at 2200 to Brussels Midi at 0644 does indeed run through France from Basel to the Luxembourg border, about 400 kilometers, a supplement of about 36 euros.<BR><BR>[email protected]

r_shum Mar 11th, 2003 04:02 PM

Thanks for all.<BR>So, if I take the direct train from Zurich to Brussels, I have to pay the supplement (even thought there is no stop in France)?<BR>

jenviolin Mar 12th, 2003 01:57 AM

Ben can probably give you a definite answer, but it's fairly common for high-speed trains, direct night trains, or luxury trains to add a surcharge onto the basic fare. This is true whether you purchase a ticket or hold a railpass. So I think the answer is yes.

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