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Problem buying train tickets from Bruges to Amsterdam

I have been trying to buy 2 train tickets from Bruges to Amsterdam, and am having issues. I have tried the Belgium, Dutch, and German train sites, and when I'm ready to buy, I get a misfunction message. Does anyone have any insight?

Posted by
15573 posts

Are you planning on using the Thalys train or looking for routes only using IC trains?
What date are you looking at?

Posted by
2487 posts

I tried a booking at the NS site for an ad random date in April, stopping at the actual payment, and didn't encounter any problem.

Posted by
15573 posts

And I from Belgian Rail, except they kept jacking up the price for a day in May.

Is this a credit card issue?

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The train I was looking at was an IC from Bruges to Brussels, & a Thalys from Brussels to Amsterdam on Sunday, May 5th. It was the least expensive price - left Bruges at 8:31 AM & arrives at Amsterdam Central Station at 11:44 AM.

It can't be a credit card issue because I haven't gotten than far yet.

Posted by
2487 posts

Again: no problem.
Did you tick the box »I agree with...« at the final stage, just before being directed to the credit card page?

Posted by
15573 posts

Yes, I am getting that error message when I try to book the lower priced tickets. When I try the higher priced (125 EUR for 2) it does let me go on.

Posted by
2487 posts

Strange. I didn't have a problem with the lower price (EUR 36, if I remember correctly).

Added:
Try Loco2 or Trainline.

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Tom from Leiden, I don't recall the "I agree" box coming up. I have had this issue for about 3 days now.

I checked Rick Steves' European ticket purchase site, & didn't seem to have any issues except the tickets were a little more expensive ($105.XX for 2 tickets) as opposed to 73.20 Euros on the European sites (for 2 tickets).

I guess I will try the European sites for a couple more days, and if I can't get them to work, I will buy the tickets through Rick's site.

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Something is wrong. Now both the Belgian and Dutch sites give a »malfunction«.
Loco2 doesn't seem to know the 08.31. Trainline only gives the more expensive one.
Maybe best to wait a few days till the problem is solved?

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www.thetrainline.com is showing it for 102.20 EUR for 2 tickets. If you are trying to save money, you could take a bit longer and an extra change and go all IC trains. Then it is 80 EUR for 2. A connection at 7:58 with changes at Gent St Pieters and Antwerp Berchem gets you to Amsterdam Centraal at 11:38.

I see there is weekend track work at Antwerp Centraal and trains are not stopping there. That could be screwing up the search engines.