Going from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Normandy, Normandy to Paris, & Paris to Frankfurt. Which pass to purchase? Is there a sleeper car from Frankfurt to Amsterdam?

We are arriving in Frankfurt and going to Amsterdam then Normandy France then Paris and then back to Frankfurt. over a 21 day period starting 27 Sept. 1. Is their a sleeper car available for the Frankfurt to Amdsterdam.2. Which pass should we buy and far in AdvanceJeff
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I'm sorry, there are no overnight trains from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. To get from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, you would take a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train during the day. The ride from Frankfurt to Amsterdam on an ICE takes just over 4 hours in duration.

    The pass to cover the requested itinerary is the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass for Germany, the Benelux, and France. 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.

    You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    When required, reservations would be a supplementary cost to the rail 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').

    Frankfurt to Amsterdam

    To get from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, you would take the high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train. The ICE trains on this route do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Amsterdam to Normandy

    The main rail hubs for Normandy include Rouen, Bayeux (closest station the American beaches), Caen (closest station to the Allied beaches), Le Havre, Trouville-Deauville, and Lisieux.

    A connection from Amsterdam to this region would involve changing trains once in Paris en route. To get from Amsterdam to Paris, you would take the high-speed Thalys train.

    From Paris, you would take a direct Intercité train to any of the cities in Normandy I mentioned above.

    On Thalys trains, reservations would be required in addition to the rail pass. On the Intercité trains between Paris and Normandy, reservations aren't required, but they are recommended.

    When booking reservations for a trip from Amsterdam to Normandy, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, if your destination in Normandy is Bayeux, you would do one search for trains from Amsterdam to Paris and another search for connecting trains from Paris to Bayeux.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that trains from Amsterdam to Paris arrive into the Nord station in Paris, while trains from Paris to Bayeux depart from the St Lazare station (all Intercité trains from Paris to Normandy depart from the St Lazare station).

    To commute from the Nord to St Lazare , you would take Line E of the RER. Specifically, the RER trains will depart from the Magenta wing of the Nord station, which is adjacent to the main part of the station. The ride on Line E of the RER from Magenta (Nord) to St. Lazare would only take about 5 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival from Amsterdam and your departure to Normandy. You would pay to board the RER locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.

    Passholder rates (reservations) on the Thalys trains can sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that these reservations be purchased as soon as possible.

    Normandy to Paris

    To get from Normandy back to Paris, you would just take another Intercité, on which reservations would be recommended.

    Paris to Frankfurt

    For travel from Paris to Frankfurt, you would take a France-Germany High Speed (TGV Est) train. On these trains, reservations would be required in addition to the rail pass. Passholder rates (reservations) on these trains can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that these reservations be purchased as soon as possible.
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