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1. Posted by damon75 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

firstly are there any highstreet travel shops i can purchase one from in the UK?

and supplements on trains. im not going to ask how much they are soo dont get mad ;) just wondering can these be paid in boarding the train or do you have to pay at a desk within the station.

also any ideas on what train companies require supplements?

thanks for any help :)

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

Have a look at Seat 61 it has a lot of info about train travel. It has a list of supplements and some other useful stuff.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

firstly are there any highstreet travel shops i can purchase one from in the UK?

A couple, mostly specialist ones such as Rail Europe near Piccadilly in London. Some travel agents still do, but this is changing and they are not as widespread as they used to be, and most of the old BR Europe offices at stations have now closed (possibly all of them except Liverpool Street for Boat train stuff).

You can also buy online or by phone. You can buy online or via telephone from www.bahn.de (Germany Railways) and also the company i tend to use mostly in the UK www.festtravel.co.uk who have a good customer support by phone as well. There's anotehr company in March, Cambs, who are apparently very good as well.
[NOTE: Rail Europe are the biggest and the place most agents will direct you to, but they charge a stiff commission, and personally, apart from really basic queries, i've always found the staff utterly hopeless, and none of whom have seem to have ever used a train in Europe or any tickets they sell, so their info/Advice is all second hand and often out of date. Or heavily biased towards certain things which are run by the same parent company]

just wondering can these be paid in boarding the train or do you have to pay at a desk within the station.

With only a few exceptions, you CAN pay on board, although the cost is always more than if you'd bought it beforehand, and occassionally you can end up in long discussions/arguments with conductors who take it as a personal insult that you don't have the correct supplement/reservation.
The exceptions are night trains which are entirely compulsary reservation - sometimes you can get on and buy on board withoiut problem, sometimes you can't, and occassionally if you are on board without one, you will be kicked off [normally only on fully booked trains]. If in doubt, try and get on at the same door as the conductor so you can talk to him straight away.

also any ideas on what train companies require supplements?

www.interrail.com has lists of where supplements are required, and they are generally kept up to date.

4. Posted by damon75 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

thanks guys thats alot of help :) take care

5. Posted by damon75 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

any ideas on timing from amsterdam airport to centraal? taking into consideration the airports little bitchy things like collecting baggage seeing to the passport checks ect ?
cheers

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

It should be pretty quick. Passport control for me was like, 10 minutes. I didn't have a bag (I was just transitting through Schiphol), but the train itself was 20 minutes or so. You should be in central Amsterdam in less than an hour.

Greg

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Damon

I think it is the type of train, that requires the supplement, rather than the company. The faster trains usually require a suppliment. Also, sleepers require a suppliment. I think, when u buy your ticket, u will get details, with it. And, as far as I remember, if us use your interail, in your own country, u also have to pay a suppliment.

Student travel agents usually sell interails. It think it may now be called Eurail.

U could try Trailfinders, to buy your ticket.
They have a couple of branches in London, one in Manchester, one in Glasgow, and one in Birmingham.
www.trailfinders.co.UK

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 12:37 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by damon75 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Thanks mel, you mentioned STATravel it works out there is one in my local city :)
take care! Damon

9. Posted by damon75 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

ohhhhhh ta greg missed that post ;)
take care! Damon

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting damon75

any ideas on timing from amsterdam airport to centraal? taking into consideration the airports little bitchy things like collecting baggage seeing to the passport checks ect ?
cheers

Collecting luggage etc takes as much time as any huge airport. Same as if u flew into Heathrow.
However, once u get to the train, the jouney is very fast. Only around 15 or 20 minutes, into the city. And the trains go often. And they go right into the old town.

Mel