How do you book Amsterdam to Prague, then to Germany, and then Paris to London?

Hello, I will be traveling to Germany with three colleagues. During this time we plan to drive to Amsterdam, then two of us would like to take a train from Amsterdam to Prague, stay a few days, then take a train back to Germany, then take a train from Paris to London and back.

I cannot figure out what to do or what type of ticket to book, does anyone have any recommendations?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 19, 2014 16:43
    Thank you for your question.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    However, with regard to a trip from Amsterdam to Prague, a daytime connection would involve taking a bus part of the way from either Nuremburg to Prague or from Mannheim to Prague, and tickets for these buses are currently not able to be booked on our website. Instead, to purchase tickets for a bus from Nuremburg or Mannheim to Prague and inquire about their schedules, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    In the meantime, you can check schedules and ticket costs for the first part of the connection from Amsterdam to Nuremburg or Amsterdam to Mannheim under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage. In its entirety, the daytime connection via Nuremburg would take about 11 to 12 hours in duration and involves 2 changes en route; once in either Dusseldorf or Hannover and then once in Nuremburg, with the segment from Nuremburg to Prague being the bus. The daytime connection via Mannheim takes about 11 hours in duration and would involve changing just once in Mannheim, as there is a direct train from Amsterdam to Mannheim. The direct train from Amsterdam to Mannheim is a high-speed 'InterCity Express' train, as are the trains from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf to Nuremburg, and Hannover to Nuremburg.

    An overnight connection from Amsterdam to Prague would involve changing trains once in Oberhausen along the way. For this option, you would refer to 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and break up your search once in Oberhausen. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Amsterdam to Oberhausen and another search to access the overnight train from Oberhausen to Prague. The train from Amsterdam to Oberhausen is the high-speed 'InterCity Express' and the night train from Oberhausen to Prague is called the 'City Night Line'.

    To view the type of sleeping compartments offered for a particular overnight train, you would click the 'View' button with the fares that are shown when you pull up the results of your search. If you don't see an option for a sleeping compartment that would accommodate your party, you would call us to verify availability.

    The trains from Paris to London are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains.

    When doing your searches on our site, you would also want to choose the specific hour for each set of departures you wish to view (i.e. '10 am' for trains that depart during the 10 o'clock hour) in order to view the most possible options. Ideally, you would be able to click the 'Later Trains' button that appears at the bottom of the list of schedules that display; however, there is currently an error on our site that would prevent all trains from displaying when you do this and limiting the options you'll be able to see.

    Depending on how much other traveling you do, you might want to consider purchasing the Eurail Select Pass instead of regular point-to-point tickets. The Eurail Select Pass is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. Therefore, for the general itinerary you mentioned, you would end up purchasing a Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, Germany, the Czech Republic, and France. The Netherlands is included as part of the Benelux. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them all as one country for the purpose of rail passes.

    With the rail pass, you would still have to purchase reservations for any train that requires them. Of the specific route you mentioned, reservations would be highly recommended on the 'InterCity Express' trains, required on the buses from Nuremburg to Prague or Mannheim to Prague, and required on the City Night Line train from Oberhausen to Prague. For travel with a pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules') and indicate the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with, when prompted. However, it would still be the case that you would have to call us in regards to the buses from Nuremburg or Mannheim to Prague.

    The Eurostar (the train from Paris to London) is not covered by any rail pass, however, a rail pass would enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on this train. You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, just as you would to purchase reservations for your other trains.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2018 14:34
      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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