We have two weeks. We thought we would start with Amsterdam for 4-5 days, then take a train to Brussels. We need to be in Heusden-Zolder for 5 days, then we planned on taking a train from Brussels to Paris for the remaining trip, flying out of Paris. When we arrive In Brussels, we had hoped to rent a car for our time there since we will have a large bike case and we need to get to Heusden-Zolder, where we'll be staying for 4-5 days. We would then return the car in Brussels and take a train to Paris. We will have a bike case with us (the size of a golf bag). My questions are: is it easy to get a train from Amsterdam to Brussels, and again from Brussels to Paris? Once in those locations, is it easy to transfer around on the train so that we don't have to get a car in each location?
Hi Dolly, the train from Paris to Brussels is quite easy and quick! Once in Paris there are suburban trains and the metro to get you everywhere you need. I do recommend to book your bicycle in advance on the train. You are permitted to carry them however usually need to register them in advance as oversize baggage. You can find more information on the TGV, Tally, or SNCF websites depending on which train service you end up taking. Hope that helps!
As everyone already said, it's easy! You can either go with local trains from Amsterdam to Brussels, or with Thalys which is faster. Be sure to book well in advance when you want to travel by Thalys (local trains don't need reservation), because the later you book, the more expensive it gets! In Amsterdam it's very easy to get around by just walking or by bike. The center is beautiful and small and especially if you have 4-5 days, that will be enough if you choose to walk around the city. All Dutchies use bikes, but be careful you don't ride into the tramrails! Once in Brussels you can either rent a car, which is more expensive, or travel easily by public transportation as well. There are several trains that go from Brussels to Paris and you definately don't need a car in Paris. Because you'll better use the metro. It's easy, fast and everywhere. This is the best way I think to explore all these cities, you really get the feeling that way.
Have a great time in Europe!
You can easily get a train from Amsterdam to Brussels, and then on to Paris-the Thalys trains do that route-about 4 hours Amsterdam to Paris direct. You can get a train from central Brussels to Heusden-Zolder I think you might change at Hasselt, but it takes about 2 hours, or you can go by bus to Mol and then train to Heusden-Zolder. Unless you really need a hire car, I think it would be an expensive option and more trouble than convenience. Both Brussels and Paris are easy to navigate. Paris especially is quite walkable.
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From Amsterdam to Brussels it is easy to take an international train to Brussel. The costs are around €30/40. As well, 'NS' and 'Thalys' are companies where you can travel with. In Amsterdam it is easy to transfer around, especially if you bring a bike. I don't know about Brussel, etc. But I think in every city it's easy to travel around! My advice is to don't rent a car, like in Paris it will be a mess to travel with a car! The metro etc. is a better option
Hi there, I live in Amsterdam so I can help you with your transportation question. There is a train company called Thalys, they offer good transportation between Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris. I went twice to Paris and took the Thalys, it's about 50 euro's per person. not that expensive. For Amsterdam i really don't recommend to rent a car. Driving in Amsterdam is something you have to avoid. It's too chaotic, busy, not much parking space, expensive and it takes too much time which you can better use to see the city. Best way is to rent a bike, walk of travel by tram.
Hope this is useful for you.
It's real easy actually. You can go by local train from Amsterdam to Brussels and it'll take you three hours, or go on the thalys and get there a lot quicker. www.hispeed.com can help you get a ticket from Amsterdam to Brussels or go to thalys.com to get a ticket from Amsterdam to Brussel and from brussels to Paris.