My husband and I will be traveling from Paris to Bruges via train and stay in Bruges for several days. And then travel from Bruges to Haarlem (near Amsterdam) by train and stay there for several days. All our travel will occur on weekdays in April, and we'll have one carry-on each.
Based on my early research, it appears the best Paris-Bruges route is a Thalys train from Paris to Brussels and then a Belgium National Railway (SNCB) train from Brussels to Bruges.
The Bruges-Haarlem route is less straightforward. The best options (per Google) include, from quickest to slowest, Bruges-Brussels-Rotterdam-Haarlem or Bruges-Antwerp-Rotterdam-Haarlem or Bruges-Antwerp-Amsterdam-Haarlem. These use a combination of Thalys or Eurostar, along with Belgium and Netherlands (NS) railways.
I’m not sure how to determine the best route or go about purchasing tickets for both trips. I’m hoping RS Forum users might be able to help. For example, is there a single website I can use to book these itineraries, or do I need to book each leg of each route separately on different websites? It appears Thalys and Eurostar may already be getting low on tickets for our dates, so I’d like to take care of this sooner rather than later.
Last, if anyone has advice about the different levels on Thalys (standard, comfort, premium) or any of the other trains on this route, that would be wonderful.
Thank you in advance for your help!