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Night train from Zurich/Lucene to Brussels and Amsterdam

Night train from Zurich/Lucene to Brussels and Amsterdam

Old Feb 26th, 2003, 04:46 PM
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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.
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Old Feb 26th, 2003, 06:44 PM
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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.
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Old Mar 11th, 2003, 01:13 AM
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Does the Rail SelectPass cover the fare of CityNightLine between Zurich and Amsterdam (provided that the pass covers Switerland, Germany and Benelux)?
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Old Mar 11th, 2003, 02:01 AM
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Yes, your RailSelectPass for Switz, Germany & 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.
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Old Mar 11th, 2003, 04:14 AM
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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.

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Old Mar 11th, 2003, 04:02 PM
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Thanks for all.
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)?
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Old Mar 12th, 2003, 01:57 AM
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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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