We will be traveling from Haarlem to Groningen on a day trip to see a friend prior to the start of our RS tour. This will be our first time in the Netherlands. I have some questions about train travel options, and hope someone familiar with train travel in the NL can help!
1.Am I correct in reading that we must purchase tickets the day of our trip, at the train station, using cash only? How much extra time should we allow for this?
2.I see two itinerary options. Option 1 is by bus, from Haarlem to Station Zuid Amsterdam (with many stops in between), then by direct train to Groningen. Option 2 is by train from Haarlem changing trains at Amsterdam Centraal Station and also at Lelystad to Groningen. Option 2 is faster and less expensive. I’m also thinking it sounds easier, even though we’d need to change trains twice, because we wouldn’t have to navigate from the bus station to the train station. Is my assumption accurate?
3.How challenging is it to change trains at Amsterdam Centraal and Lelystad? I notice the itineraries only give us about 5 minutes. Are the trains generally on schedule? Is it hard to figure out where to go, and is it easy to get from platform to platform?
Thanks for any help and details you can provide!