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Hello everybody,

I am planning a trip to Netherlands, and on sbb.ch there are many opportunities about the travelling and I can't choose. (not so expensive prise would be appropriate) Which is better: going day or night? One of the ways is short (with TgV and with another train, so its with change) the other is longer.... There are these trains on sbb going to Amsterdam, it would be great not to change. (CNL, ICE, TGV, THA) The most important thing would be the prise, but I don't see anything about it on Sbb.
If somebody know the way, prises, anything....I need your help Englgishforum members. :-)

Thanks a lot

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Old 27.06.2011, 12:45
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Hello everybody,

I am planning a trip to Netherlands, and on sbb.ch there are many opportunities about the travelling and I can't choose. (not so expensive prise would be appropriate) Which is better: going day or night? One of the ways is short (with TgV and with another train, so its with change) the other is longer.... There are these trains on sbb going to Amsterdam, it would be great not to change. (CNL, ICE, TGV, THA) The most important thing would be the prise, but I don't see anything about it on Sbb.
If somebody know the way, prises, anything....I need your help Englgishforum members. :-)

Thanks a lot

Ancsach
The best and cheapest way is through expedia...I've had deals (flight + hotel) for under 300Chf for 4 days.

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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

Sounds fun

Never done the train to clog land but i would imagine that it works the same way as others into france, i.e that Wednesdays and Thursdays seem to be cheaper leaving either super, super early or late afternoon / evening
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Hello everybody,

I am planning a trip to Netherlands, and on sbb.ch there are many opportunities about the travelling and I can't choose. (not so expensive prise would be appropriate) Which is better: going day or night? One of the ways is short (with TgV and with another train, so its with change) the other is longer.... There are these trains on sbb going to Amsterdam, it would be great not to change. (CNL, ICE, TGV, THA) The most important thing would be the prise, but I don't see anything about it on Sbb.
If somebody know the way, prises, anything....I need your help Englgishforum members. :-)

Thanks a lot

Ancsach
I go to Ams twice a year, so what I do is fly from BSL to AMS which usually costs around 200 CHF -2 way.
Another option is, go Zurich- Bruxelles-midi then once there, buy tickets to Ams-Centraal. That I found to be cheap always...
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Old 27.06.2011, 12:54
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

If you don't mind the 1.5 hours to and from Basel, then Squeezyjet will give some nice cheap flights.
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However you get there, I'm sure you'll flying back
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If you don't mind the 1.5 hours to and from Basel, then Squeezyjet will give some nice cheap flights.
1.5 hours? what train do you get on mister? it's never taken more than 55 min
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However you get there, I'm sure you'll flying back
I hope you're not suggesting they are going there for the drugs!!!!!! HAHAHA

they could also be going for a perfectly valid reason, like to visit the ladies of the night LOL
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However you get there, I'm sure you'll flying back
HAHAHA I doubt he'll remember how he got there in the first place!
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1.5 hours? what train do you get on mister? it's never taken more than 55 min
Add the extra time for the bus ride to/from the airport.
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I hope you're not suggesting they are going there for the drugs!!!!!! HAHAHA

they could also be going for a perfectly valid reason, like to visit the ladies of the night LOL
You can see them during the day too you know...even at 9 am & I'm not exaggerating...
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Add the extra time for the bus ride to/from the airport.
You're right! I overlooked that because I live in Basel and manage to go directly to ZRH via Zürich & never the other way around
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

The cheapest possibility is to go by night train, check www.citynightline.ch and book on www.bahn.de. It is possible to pick up a ticket for a reclining chair for just 29 Euro single way (the 'Spar-Night' offer). If you rather fly, KLM can be booked relatively short-term for 200CHF return from Zurich, I've found that Easyjet almost never is cheaper if you add the travel to Basel.
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

It can be hard to find affordable (night train) tickets, especially on weekends. The 29 EUR seats then cost you 109 EUR which is not worth it. However if you are flexible, and can travel on weekdays, you can probably find some good deals - also by plane.

Alternatively, try Eurolines coaches. From Switzerland they are not THAT cheap, but it could be a good solution if you are looking for affordable transport on short notice. www.eurolines.ch
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

I am a woman, so I don't think that I will visit that area. :-D
I am visiting my brother, and we prefer go somewhere for a party. Hopefully.....

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You can see them during the day too you know...even at 9 am & I'm not exaggerating...
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

Try looking on deutschebahn.de and on nshispeed.nl too. They sell tickets for the CityNightLine train too and sometimes they have prices the other websites don't have anymore. Worth a check.

But I'd also advise flying, depending on your dates (KLM, Swiss, both do tickets for 199CHF, or Easyjet from BSL).
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Hello everybody,

I am planning a trip to Netherlands, and on sbb.ch there are many opportunities about the travelling and I can't choose. (not so expensive prise would be appropriate) Which is better: going day or night? One of the ways is short (with TgV and with another train, so its with change) the other is longer.... There are these trains on sbb going to Amsterdam, it would be great not to change. (CNL, ICE, TGV, THA) The most important thing would be the prise, but I don't see anything about it on Sbb.
If somebody know the way, prises, anything....I need your help Englgishforum members. :-)

Thanks a lot

Ancsach
I normally catch the night train. There are some pretty good deals if you book sufficiently in advance (I've done it for 60 CHF before), and you basically save the costs of a hotel and still have an early arrival and late departure so no erosion of good sightseeing time as you have with flights. Get a couchette as a minmum as reclining seats are not fun unless you're on a tight budget. Go to the bar coach for a nighcap before going to sleep. I always meet cool folks there and have a good time.
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You can see them during the day too you know...even at 9 am & I'm not exaggerating...
Having stayed at a Hotel in the Red light district I can assure you that the ladies about at 9.00 am need to be avoided!
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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

As I ve already mentioned, I am a women, and I am not planning to go to the red district! Anyway , thanks for the train tips, that's are really cool!

http://www.nshispeed.nl/en

This website is really cool, with cheap prises! Has anybody tried the City night line train? Is this comfortable?


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Re: going to Amsterdam ADVICES?

I've been on the sleeper to Arnhem from Basel a few times. You don't really sleep on those things but they're comfy enough.

Plenty of things to do in Amsterdam - but I recommend the first thing you do is take a boat tour of the canals as it does help you to get the lay of the land.

The red light district is actually quite amusing to visit - even if you are female - just for the novelty of it. Personally I liked wandering around the winding streets - and there are plenty of them. For museums, I think the Rijksmuseum (the Van Gogh was not my favourite) - or if you can handle it the Anne Frank.

There are loads of great little bars and cafes around - my personal favourite is the Beijaard ( http://www.beiaardgroep.eu/amsterdam/spui/spuhome/ ) on Spui - if you like Belgian beers.

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