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first hand advice on travel around current rail construction in Netherlands

ns.nl shows rail construction in several places on my itinerary next week. I'm guessing that this involves transfer to bus and then transfer back to train. Does anyone who has experienced this have any advice on what I can do to help make it a smooth transition (if possible) ?

Posted by
6446 posts

Travel light. The Netherlands is very bilingual so ask the conductor if you are confused. Pay attention to the other passengers on the same train all doing the same thing.

Posted by
142 posts

There also will be signs posted at the station to the buses.

When en where are you planning to travel?

Posted by
635 posts

The Dutch speak better English than most Americans. They also rival the Germans in their efficiency. Whatever detours you might encounter will be clearly marked and facilitated. When in doubt, ask anyone what's happening.

I listened to a small child. He was about 5 talking with his mother. He went back and forth in Dutch and English interchangeably. He was making the changes. His mother responded to whatever he said in the language he used. I was really impressed.

Posted by
111 posts

Excellent advice. So simple. . It is much easier to deal with something if you have some insight. Follow the crowd....follow the signs....ask questions.. And..travel light.Good. We are traveling Amsterdam to Maastricht and then Maastricht to Assen, then Assen back to Amsterdam. From what I can see, most of the problem is around Utrecht. As to Ken's comment, I totally agree about American's lamentable English ! Thanks everyone! This is why I always come to Travel Forum.