Should I purchase a pass or individual tickets for Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-Luxembourg, and Luxembourg-Berlin?

My wife and I are going to be in Europe next week. We will be traveling from Amsterdam, to Brussels, to Luxembourg to Berlin. We haven't purchased a pass yet. Is that our best option or should be buy individual tickets? And with the pass can we get easy access to our various trips, especially the Lux to Berlin leg?
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  • Hi James,

    The most economical option would really depend on the rates you're able to get for regular tickets on the requested routes.

    You would check regular ticket costs (and purchase tickets) by entering a route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    Amsterdam to Brussels

    To get from Amsterdam to Brussels, you would take a Thalys high-speed train or a regular IC (InterCity) train. On a Thalys, the ride from Amsterdam to Brussels takes just under 2 hours in duration. On an IC train, the ride takes over 3 hours.

    Generally, the Thalys trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the IC trains on this route can only be booked within 60 days of a departure.

    Brussels to Luxembourg

    To get from Brussels to Luxembourg, you would take an IC train. The ride takes just under 3.5 hours.

    Generally, trains from Brussels to Luxembourg can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure.

    Luxembourg to Berlin

    The most feasible connections from Luxembourg to Berlin take just over 8.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Trier and then once in Cologne. Trains from Luxembourg to Trier and Trier to Cologne are regional trains, while trains from Cologne to Berlin are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    When checking ticket costs/purchasing tickets for a trip such as this, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Luxembourg to Trier, another search for connecting trains from Trier to Cologne, and then another search for connecting trains from Cologne to Berlin.

    Generally, all the trains comprising of this connection can be booked up to 180 days in advance of a departure.
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