Fast trip on fast trains? London-Brussels-The Hague-Amsterdam-Delft-Utrecht-Paris-London

We have to be in The Hague on Oct 2, 3, and 4 for a meeting. We wanted to leave the week before on a Thursday, fly to London, sightsee for a day, take the Eurostar to Brussels, and then end up in the Netherlands for the meeting by Monday. I can visit around cities while my husband is in meetings then we plan to go to Paris on the Friday after the meetings, back to London on Monday to fly home Tuesday. Which train pass would be best?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 02, 2012 16:11
    Hi Debbie,

    There is no single rail pass that combines the United Kingdom (in regards to your travel to London) with any other countries on the mainland continent of Europe.

    For the requested travel, I would just recommend purchasing point-to-point tickets instead of a rail pass. You can purchase tickets and check schedules under 'Check Fares and Schedules' or 'Find Fares & Schedules' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Trains in Belgium, the Netherlands and France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. In contrast, the Eurostar between London and Paris/Brussels is generally able to be booked up to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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  • Thanks for the info. I was looking at prices and now I'm wondering if the Benelux pass might help us save money. We will travel from Brussels to The Hague on the Thalys, probably go to Amsterdam, and possibly have side trips to Delft or Utrecht. Also, having a pass would save some on the Eurostar fare. I am not sure if the savings would add up or if I should still do point to point as you suggest. What do you think if we add these side trips in the Netherlands? Still point to point?
    Thank you.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 03, 2012 14:39
    Hi Debbie,

    That is true that a rail pass would save some on the Eurostar. If you purchase a pass, however, you should purchase the Eurail Benelux-France Pass instead of the Eurail Benelux Pass, since you will be going to France as well.

    You can check costs for the Eurail Benelux-France Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    Trains between the Benelux countries and Paris are the Thalys trains, which will require reservations.

    A connection involving the Thalys between Brussels and The Hague would have a train change in Rotterdam en route, with the segment between Brussels and Rotterdam being on the Thalys. Thus, you would book a reservation for that portion. The trains between Rotterdam and The Hague don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    From Brussels up to Amsterdam, there are direct Thalys trains and direct regular (Inter City) trains. The Inter City trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board, whereas reservations would be required on the Thalys.

    Trains between Amseterdam and Delft or Utrecht are regular Inter City trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board in these cases.

    For the Thalys trains, you would purchase your reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. This is also where you would book your tickets on the Eurostar at the Passholder rate.

    For planning purposes, you can check schedules for the non-reservable trains under 'Check Fares and Schedules' or 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 15:42
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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