Does Benelux rail pass cover Amsterdam-The Hague-Utrecht-Brussels-Luxembourg-Bruges-Ghent-Antwerp?

I've had great experiences using the rail pass across Europe but am booking a trip to the Benelux and am feeling confused about what is covered if I purchased a pass. I'll be doing a number of day trips but because the Benelux is so small compared to the other countries I've visited, I don't know if the trains are covered by the pass. My plans are marked up below. Could you advise if the Benelux rail pass would cover all those segments or would the day trips be under a different rail category?

My itinerary includes:
Amsterdam to Hague/Delft (day trip)
Amsterdam to Utrecht (day trip)
Amsterdam to Brussels
Brussels to Luxembourg (day trip)
Luxembourg to Bruge
Bruge to Ghent (day trip)
Bruge to Antwerp
Antwerp to Amsterdam

Thank you so much for your help!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 25, 2015 17:55
    Hi Kate. Thank you for your question.

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the 'Eurail Benelux Pass'. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-benelux-pass/index.html.

    Any rail pass that includes the Benelux would cover trains on all of the requested routes. Most of these cities are connected by InterCity (IC) trains. InterCity trains in the Benelux countries do not accept reservations. Therefore, the 'Eurail Benelux Pass' is all you would need to board.

    With that said, trains from Amsterdam to Brussels and some of the trains from Antwerp to Amsterdam are high-speed Thalys trains that will require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route ('Amsterdam' to 'Brussels'), and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'Eurail Benelux Pass'). Generally, Thalys trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. They can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as it's possible.

    For planning, you can check schedules for non-reservable trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and entering a route. Since your objective would just be to view schedules, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you do these searches.

    Trains between Amsterdam and The Hague are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.

    Trains between The Hague and Delft are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.Schedules for trains between The Hague and Delft are not able to be viewed on our website. However, the trains between The Hague and Delft depart 6 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes 6 or 7 minutes.

    Trains between Amsterdam and Utrecht are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.

    Trains from Brussels to Luxembourg are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.

    A connection from Luxembourg to Bruges involves changing trains once in Brussels en route. The trains from Luxembourg to Brussels and from Brussels to Bruges are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.

    Trains from Bruges to Antwerp are InterCity trains that don't accept reservations.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    Thank you so much for the detailed reply...I know it was a bit of a loaded question! This sounds ideal for my trip so I just ordered the 8 day Benelux pass and feel so much better about the planning process for trains. This information will also be extremely helpful to refer back to when I'm on my travels.

    Thank you again!!
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