We are traveling to Amsterdam at the end of July and beginning of August for 11 days. We have a great AirBnB on the canal lined up and got quite a handsome discount for booking for so long. We would like to take some of the money we saved and do an overnight side trip. We have thought about Brussels or Bruges, but are leaning Bruges so we can do Antwerp and other cities on the way there/way back possibly. We will be doing the shorter day trips too like Rotterdam and Delft at some point as well.
The thing we're struggling a bit with at this point is info on the trains there. We don't want to take the fast, expensive train. We'd like to be able to hop on and off to see some other cities on the way there and back, but we cannot find pricing or time tables. From what I've read we won't be able to buy those tickets ahead of time, which is fine, but when I go to the nsinternational site, it only shows the high speed option and pricing.
We want to get a hotel or AirBnB in Bruges for the night but don't want to if the tickets will be too spendy. We feel going there and back in just one day isn't worth it and won't allow us to stop in Antwerp or Ghent. Or perhaps we should stay in Ghent?
- how to find info on pricing for train, round trip from Amsterdam to Bruges (so we can stop along the way/on the way back at Antwerp and Ghent)
- Is this a good plan to overnight in Bruges and take in Antwerp and Ghent on the way there/way back?
- What are must-sees in these destinations (given our relatively short time in each)?
- Any other advice for this trip? Skip one of the destinations? Only do two? Overnight elsewhere?
Thank you! :)