First time travel by train in Europe - Going from Amsterdam Airport to Cologne to Nuremberg to Prague to Berlin & then back to Amsterdam Central station.

Travel from Amsterdam Airport to Cologne to Nuremburg to Prague to Berlin and back to Amsterdam Central Station for 19 days in December 2017.What train pass should I buy?
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  • Hi Alan,

    For the requested itinerary, I would recommend purchasing the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    The Netherlands is included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, you would include the Benelux as one of the 'countries' on your Eurail Select Pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Amsterdam Schipol Airport to Cologne

    The fastest connections from Amsterdam Schipol Airport to Cologne take about 3 hours and involve changing trains once in Utrecht along the way.

    Trains from Amsterdam Schipol to Utrecht are IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are not accepted. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Even though these trains don't take reservations, you can still view their schedules by doing a search on our website. When searching trains out of Amsterdam Schipol, you would just type 'Amsterdam Airport' in the field for the departure city. Therefore, your search would be from 'Amsterdam Airport' to Utrecht.

    Trains from Utrecht to Cologne are ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, ICE trains from Utrecht to Cologne can be reserved up to 180 days in advance of a departure.

    Cologne to Nuremberg

    From Cologne to Nuremberg, you would take a direct ICE train. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    When purchasing reservations to Nuremberg on our site, you would have to type it spelled as 'Nuremburg' in the field for the arrival city.

    Generally, the trains from Cologne to Nuremberg can be reserved up to 180 days in advance of a departure.

    Nuremberg to Prague

    To get from Nuremberg to Prague, you would actually take a bus. This bus is covered by the rail pass but would just require reservations.

    Due to an error, however, it is currently not possible to purchase reservations for the bus from Nuremberg to Prague on our website. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations and inquire about their costs by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, the bus from Nuremberg to Prague can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date.

    Prague to Berlin

    Trains from Prague to Berlin are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Generally, trains from Prague to Berlin can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure.

    Berlin to Amsterdam

    From Berlin to Amsterdam, you would take a direct IC (InterCity) train. On the IC trains from Berlin to Amsterdam, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Generally, these trains can be reserved up to 180 days in advance of a departure.
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