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Train from Ludenscheid, Germany to Venlo, Netherlands?

I booked a ticket from my day in Dusseldorf from my work trip to visit cousins in Ludenscheid without issue. But, I need to get back to Venlo, Netherlands on 20/1 and the Deutsche Bahn site refuses to allow this saying I need to book online with 8 days notice. Should I be concerned or can I just book at the station in Ludenscheid when I arrive there on Sunday or on the Monday I plan to leave? I have only 24 hours free to myself on this work trip and don't want to get stranded and not be able to get back from my little side trip!

Thanks all!
Angie

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Hi,
In Ludenscheid you can buy the ticket back to Venlo. No problem at all. It's a regional train, ie, always room. I haven't been to either Ludenscheid or Venlo but headed in that direction (west) last summer from Düsseldorf Hbf. to get off at Kaldenkirchen, ca 3km or so from the Dutch border, the last stop on the German side to see that town.

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German Rail does not issue Internet tickets (.pdf) for those trains. The tickets have to me mailed, and there isn't time for that. Anyway, these are regional trains so there are no seat reservations. They just sell tickets, no matter how many. Sometimes it is SRO. Even if you had a pre-purchased ticket, there would be no guarantee that you had a seat. This is regional train, not an airplane. It's more like a city bus.

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OK, curiosity has gotten the better of me after reading several of your posts. What's the purpose of the trip to Venlo with the university students? Venlo isn't a town that usually gets a lot (or any) attention from tourists. If I'm being too nosy, then just ignore me.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the train advice. I feel better going to visit my cousins now knowing I won't be stranded there!

Tom-the University that I work at has an exchange agreement with a University in Venlo and so I am here with a group of 12 students on a 3 week exchange program. Due to the lack of coverage in tour books, etc., I don't know that I ever would have gone to Venlo on my own. But, due to this trip, I did and I LOVE it. It really has given us the opportunity to experience the "back door" as Rick says and truly learn culture and get to know a town well. I will be back for certain.

So, for others who may be reading this...don't be afraid to stray from the "must see" places in guidebooks. There are charming locations and positive experiences to be had around every corner!

Angie

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Hi,

Venlo is the terminus of the regional train coming from Düsseldorf.