Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam

Is there an overnight train from Bern, Switzerland (or perhaps another city in Switzerland) to Amsterdam, Netherlands?
If so, how do I book it? Will my EuroRail Select pass cover the cost or is there an additional fee for sleeper accommodation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 03, 2018 21:11
    Hi,

    I'm sorry, there is no overnight connection from Bern to Amsterdam. Daytime connections take 8-9 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once along the way in either Frankfurt, Cologne, or Basel.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Frankfurt

    Direct trains from Bern to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Amsterdam are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. For this option, you would just need to break up your search in Frankfurt. Therefore, you would do one search from Bern to Frankfurt and another search for connecting trains from Frankfurt to Amsterdam.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Cologne

    Direct trains from Bern to Cologne are EC (EuroCity) trains and direct trains from Cologne to Amsterdam are high-speed ICE trains. On both of these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the EC train from Bern to Cologne is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. 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.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Basel

    Trains from Bern to Basel do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Trains from Bern to Basel depart every half hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 1 hour.

    The direct train from Basel to Amsterdam is a high-speed ICE train on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the direct ICE from Basel to Amsterdam is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us.
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  • Thank you for your quick response.
    Unfortunately our EuroRail Select pass does not include Germany. Our pass is for France, Switzerland and Benelux.
    We are thinking we may go through Paris and then on to Amsterdam. I'm hoping these are highspeed trains but am not certain.
    Or maybe there is a better option?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 05, 2018 20:32
      In that case, you can route yourself through Basel, Strasbourg, and Paris. The connections would take 8.5 to 9.5 hours in duration.

      Trains from Bern to Basel and Basel to Strasbourg do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

      Trains from Strasbourg to Paris are high-speed TGV or TGV Est trains, and trains from Paris to Amsterdam are high-speed Thalys trains. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 3 Countries’). For a trip from Strasbourg to Amsterdam via Paris, you would do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Strasbourg to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Amsterdam.

      When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that trains from Strasbourg to Paris arrive into the Est station in Paris, while trains from Paris to Amsterdam depart from Nord station. Conveniently, the Nord station is only about a 10 minute walk from the Est station. Otherwise, you could take M5 of the Paris Métro between these stations. The ride on the Métro from Est to Nord only takes about 2 minutes. You would pay to ride the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

      For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains from Bern to Basel and Basel to Strasbourg. Just do one search from Bern to Basel and then a separate search for connecting trains from Basel to Strasbourg.
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