Germany to Amsterdam

Two more have last minute decided to join our trip to Germany. They would like to depart from the group on Christmas Day and get to Amsterdam. (Still trying to see if last minute air fare from Houston to Frankfurt then Munich to Amsterdam to Houston was possible, but it is so expensive last minute. Travel Dates leave Dec. 18-23 and return Dec. 27 0r 28 from Amsterdam) THinking train from Munich to Amsterdam might be best bet. Advice anyone? We will be in Garmish - so figure Garmish back to Munich unless leave from Innsburck -

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1972 posts

Your question is a little unclear. If you're in Garmish, take a train to Munich and try to catch a budget airfare to Amsterdam. If in Innsbruck, take a train to Munich and fly to Amsterdam. If your friends are looking for bohemian experiences, they can certainly get their jollies in Munich without having to go to Amsterdam. It's a great place to be. I've done'em both.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1972 posts

Your question is a little unclear. If you're in Garmish, take a bus to Munich and try to catch a budget airfare to Amsterdam. If in Innsbruck, take a train to Munich and fly to Amsterdam. If your friends are looking for bohemian experiences, they can certainly get their jollies in Munich without having to go to Amsterdam. It's a great place to be. I've done'em both and love'em both.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11276 posts

Use the German Rail (Bahn) website to find connections. Right off, the "best" I see are 8-9 Hr ICE/IC with a quick change in Hannover.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17783 posts

JR, The time frame of the trip seems to be more than a bit "short". If your friends depart Dec. 23 from Houston and have to return on Dec. 27 from Amsterdam, I'm not sure the effort will be worthwhile (especially given the high costs, as you noted). Keep in mind also that they'll lose two days in flight times, leaving only two days for touring (if I'm reading your post correctly). Travel by train from Munich to Amsterdam will be at about 9 hours, which will use an entire day of their trip. Prices for pre-purchase are currently as low as €99. Budget flights MUC / AMS are a bit limited and will again be expensive. I did a brief check and that the only two airlines that appear to have direct flights were KLM and Lufthansa, with prices at about €535 PP. Cheers!

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2700 posts

Hi, You could break up the ride into 2 legs, both on the ICE... Munich-Frankfurt, and Frankfurt-Amsterdam. I'd choose that route.