How do I get from Zurich to Oberwesel via train? As a tourist travelling with a family do I need to book in advance or should I juts buy my train tickets at the Zurich station, last minute?
Also, we plan to take a train to Amsterdam from Oberwesel. Are there any direct trains or would I need to change a number of times?
Thanks gwened, will check it out.
Would you know if GOEURO is reliable? I've found the below schedule but there are 2-3 stops involved and I'm not sure if it's cutting it too close...
09:00 Deutsche Bahn | IC 764
10:13 Deutsche Bahn | ICE 370
12:39 Deutsche Bahn | IC 2312
13:51 Deutsche Bahn | RE 4258
The train can get you there as well. If you book far enough in advance online through the German Rail website, you can get tickets for as low as EUR 39 per person. If you take the 11AM EuroCity out of Zurich, you can change in Mainz for a local train to Oberwesel.
Amsterdam is about 5 hours by train from Oberwesel. There are no direct trains, but you can get there with only one change in Cologne. The same website can also get you fares as low as EUR 39 per person.
You can figure on this trip taking about five and a half hours, and you will have to change trains at least once along the way.
Your last train will be a regional express (RE) or regional train (RB) from Mainz to Oberwesel. No reservations are possible (or necessary) for these trains.
For your train or trains from Zürich to Basel it would be a good idea to reserve seats in advance, especially if you want to sit together and particularly if you are travelling on a Friday or Sunday.
For Oberwesel to Amsterdam you will also have to change trains at least once. Part of your journey will be on the ICE (InterCityExpress) and it would be a good idea to reserve seats for that part.
The German Railway website notes "please reserve" for some trains that they think will be especially crowded.
Not sure when your going, but take a look at the DB web site, you can change the dates to suit your travel needs this will give you an indication of all trains and changes along the way. If you are looking to go from Zurich direct to Oberwesel there is a train with only one change. If your looking to book go to the we site selected by other poster.
Actually I meant to write "from Zürich to Mainz". In my experience, the trains are most crowded between Basel and Mannheim, so it would be good to reserve for that part at least.
There is no must to book in advance. But you can get these trips for a lot less if you do.
Start: Zürich HB
Destination: Amsterdam Centraal