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High costs for trip from Amsterdam to Luxembourg with Benelux Pass?

If you are traveling in the area that your pass is for, I would assume you should just be able to order the "reservation" as your pass was purchased to cover train cost. Maybe I am doing something wrong on this site but I don't see that as an option. I tried to find the cost of a trip from Amsterdam to Luxembourg. With a Benelux pass I was told the trip would be $121 and without the pass $180...doesn't seem right...gotta be another way...it there?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 29, 2015 21:31
    Hi Chris.

    A connection from Amsterdam to Luxembourg would involve changing trains at least once in Brussels along the way. Reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, and the 'Thalys' trains from Amsterdam to Brussels do require reservations. However, there are also 'InterCity' trains from Amsterdam to Brussels. 'InterCity' trains in the Benelux region don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Benelux Pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you can avoid paying reservation costs altogether by taking one of the 'InterCity' trains from Amsterdam to Brussels. All of the direct trains from Brussels to Luxembourg happen to be 'InterCity' trains.

    Since the direct trains from Brussels to Luxembourg are non-reservable, it is likely that our website is quoting you the regular ticket costs when you click that you'll be traveling with a rail pass while doing your search.

    If you search for the segment from Amsterdam to Brussels by itself, you would be quoted the passholder reservations for this leg. You would then not even do a similar search for the segment from Brussels to Luxembourg, because these trains don't even accept reservations.

    If you wish to take a high-speed 'Thalys' train for the segment from Amsterdam to Brussels, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Benelux Pass').

    Otherwise, you can just check schedules for the non-reservable 'InterCity' trains from Amsterdam to Brussels and Brussels to Luxembourg by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Amsterdam to Brussels and then another search for trains from Brussels to Luxembourg. Since your purpose in this case would just be to view schedules and you would not be purchasing any actual reservations for such trains, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass when doing this search.

    When you pull up the results of your search from Amsterdam to Brussels, you can distinguish the 'InterCity' trains from the 'Thalys' trains by how they are labeled. The 'Thalys' train will be labeled as 'Thalys' trains with the 'Thalys' logo, and the 'InterCity' trains will only have a train number with no train name or logo attached.
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