Train from Amsterdam to Cologne in May

Mar 12th, 2015, 07:53 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 191
Train from Amsterdam to Cologne in May

My wife and I want to take a train from Amsterdam to Cologne on May 27th.
Should I buy 2 tickets now, or just wait and buy them at the station on the 27th?
What is the best website to buy the train tickets?
Thank you for your help.
Bindery is offline  
Mar 12th, 2015, 07:57 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 7,763
The earlier you buy, they cheaper they will be.

You can buy your ticket from the DB website: http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml
sparkchaser is offline  
Mar 12th, 2015, 08:02 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
www.bahn.de/en the German Railways website is the best and maybe the only one besides the Dutch Railways - but this is a German train I believe so www.bahn.de/en - and if you book NOW you can nab fares much much cheaper than walking up - muchmuch - but then you are assigned to a specific train on a specific dates at a specific time and cannot change and refunds incur a heft penalty.

But these tickets are sold in limited numbers so book as early as possible - they could be available up until the train practically or they could all be gone by now - check NOW - print your own tickets.

You may consider taking first class as there are discounted tickets in that class too - much more relaxed ride - usually lots of empty seats, bigger seats, etc. For a run-down on European trains and things such as the difference between classes check these superb sites: www.seat61.com (great info on discounted ducats); www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.
PalenQ is offline  
Mar 12th, 2015, 08:04 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
the 10:35 am train departing Amsterdam on May 27 still has tickets left for 19 euros p.p. - standard or full fare is 66 euros. Act quick for the 19 euro ducats - here today gone tomorrow often.
PalenQ is offline  
Mar 12th, 2015, 09:14 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?

click on this and you get the schedule and fare page - put in the date you want and time to start searching from - the lower price ticket is a restricted one - 'standard fare' is full fare you can get always it seems on a walk-up basis. Look for trains with "0" changes - seems to go every two hours on this route.
PalenQ is offline  
Mar 12th, 2015, 09:22 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 13,743
Or use www.nsinternational.nl, who occasionally have special offers on that route.

Certainly buy your tickets asap.
hetismij2 is offline  
Mar 13th, 2015, 06:26 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 191
Thank you
I went to the www.bahn.de/en website and got 2nd class tickets for 38 euros, nonstop.
Bindery is offline  
Mar 13th, 2015, 11:40 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
66-38 = 28 x 2 = 56 euros saved over just showing up - early bird doth get the worm! Often however in summer it seems they are often sold out way way in advance!
PalenQ is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Pat_in_Mich
Europe
22
Aug 10th, 2018 10:21 AM
nvl325
Europe
9
Apr 22nd, 2009 09:32 PM
suec1
Europe
5
Feb 25th, 2008 01:26 PM
luvtotravel
Europe
7
Feb 7th, 2007 11:29 AM
virginia1919
Europe
5
Jun 20th, 2003 08:05 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:39 AM.