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best rail pass for Netherlands and Belgium

What is the best rail pass I should buy if I plan on traveling through a few cities in Netherlands (Amsterdam, Haarlem, etc) and then to Bruges and Brussels? This will be over the course of 7 days in April. I saw on RailEurope there was a RailPass Netherlands? Thank you!

Posted by
16752 posts

Have you priced out point-to-point tickets? I haven't traveled in that area recently, but often point-to-point tickets are less expensive. I believe the best information sources are here:

Trains in Netherlands

Trains in Belgium

Or you may be able to find prices on trainline.eu or loco2.com--though they don't sell tickets for all countries. Do not use RailEurope to price individual tickets; it doesn't always list all the trains, and it has significant service charges.

For a massive amount of information about European trains, go to the Seat61 website.

Posted by
20597 posts

Best pass ??? None. Unless you are living on the train that week.

Posted by
15 posts

Haha! I haven't planned my trip yet but I think I will mainly be in Amsterdam, Haarlem then Bruges and Brussels. So 4 cities. Sounds like buy as you go is the better option!

Posted by
5627 posts

Look at a five or ten day Benelux Saver Rail Pass good for The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Posted by
4681 posts

Don’t buy a pass. Haarlem is really close to Amsterdam and Belgian trains are really cheap. Weekend walk-up Return (I.e, daytrip) tickets can be discounted. You may be too late for the cheapest long distance tickets.

I will admit there can be lines for walk-up tickets.