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London, Paris, Bruges, and Amsterdam / 4 cities, one pass?

Hi, I'm Jessica. I plan to visit London, Paris, Bruges, and Amsterdam. My trip has to begin and end in London, but other than that, I am open. Is there a specific order I should visit these cities in to be the most efficient? Also, does a rail pass make more sense than purchasing individual tickets?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 29, 2018 17:21
    Hi Jessica,

    Due to a direct Eurostar train that now runs from London to Amsterdam (but not in the reverse direction), I would say it would make a little more sense to hit these cities in the reverse direction than how you have them listed. The other sequence could also work fine, I just think it would be a little easier to hit Amsterdam, due to the direct Eurostar to there from London.

    What exactly to purchase for your travels would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. If you only plan to travel between the cities you mentioned, then the best option for you would just be to purchase regular tickets.

    You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    London to Amsterdam

    As of just this year, there is now one direct Eurostar per day from London to Amsterdam. The ride takes just over 3.5 hours. Generally, the Eurostar is able to booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The Eurostar from London to Amsterdam can sell out pretty quickly, so it is recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible.

    Amsterdam to Bruges

    The most feasible connections from Amsterdam to Bruges take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in either Brussels or Antwerp along the way. The trains from Amsterdam to Brussels or Amsterdam to Antwerp are Thalys high-speed trains. Generally, these trains can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure.

    When checking schedules and purchasing tickets to Bruges on our site, you would just have to spell it as 'Brugge' for it to be recognized.

    By doing one search from 'Amsterdam to Brugge', our site would only issue you a ticket for the segment on the Thalys from either Amsterdam to Brussels or Amsterdam to Antwerp, but that ticket would also be valid to cover you on any connecting train from Brussels or Antwerp (respectively) to Bruges within 24 hours of your arrival into Brussels or Antwerp from Amsterdam. Separate physical tickets from Brussels to Bruges/Antwerp to Bruges would not actually be issued, because all you would need to show to board is your Amsterdam-Brussels or Amsterdam-Antwerp Thalys ticket.

    Bruges to Paris

    Connections from Bruges to Paris take about 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Brussels along the way. The trains from Brussels to Paris are Thalys high-speed trains. Generally, these trains can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure.

    When doing your search, remember to spell Bruges as 'Brugge' so that our website will recognize it.

    By doing one search from 'Brugge to Paris', our site would only issue you a ticket for the Thalys segment from Brussels to Paris, but that ticket would also be valid to cover you to take any train from Bruges to Brussels that connects to it, as long as it's within 24 hours of your scheduled departure from Brussels. Separate physical tickets from Bruges to Brussels would not actually be issued, because all you would need to show to board is your Brussels-Paris Thalys ticket.

    Paris to London

    The trains from Paris to London are high-speed Eurostar trains. The ride only takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Generally, the Eurostar is able to booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Trains from Paris to London can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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