I’m in the planning stages of a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands for September this year. It’s been a few years since I planned a Europe trip, so I’m a bit rusty. My husband has never been. We’re both 41 and in decent shape/no mobility issues.
We’re thinking 5-6 nights in Bruges (and doing day trips to Ghent/Brussels/Antwerp), and 5-6 nights in Amsterdam (with a couple of day trips). We’ll likely be flying in and out of Amsterdam instead of open-jaw because we can fly direct, plus (as of now) it’s several hundred dollars cheaper than flying in or out of Brussels. For that reason, I figure it’s best to travel on to Belgium right when we land in Amsterdam so that we end our trip in the city we fly out of. Plus, I keep reading on here how people often use the day they land to keep commuting since they’re jetlagged/tired anyway. I believe we'd be landing in Amsterdam in the morning. The thing is, it seems like a LOT of train travel directly when landing after an 8–9-hour flight, right?
- Is this what you would do?
- Do I have the trains right?
- Thoughts/advise on doing Belgium first and The Netherlands at the end?
Arrive in Amsterdam. Take IC train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station (18 minutes).
Take IC train to Antwerp. 2hr 15m hours (or pre-book Thalys 1hr 15m?)
Take IC Train to Ghent. 47 minutes
Take IC Train to Bruges 25 minutes