I'm going to Europe on June 26, 2008 and I've had no problems booking flights with Ryanair and Easyjet to and fro, but when it comes to travelling from Hamburg to the Netherlands, I found no flights available.
Does anyone know what's the cheapest way to get from either Hamburg or Bremen to Rotterdam (I have to go to Delft, and Rotterdam is the nearest big city, it seems) on August 3 (no buses on eurolines... they don't go there on sundays).
I also thought about booking a eurail pass for 3 countries (5 days in 2 months), but I'm 29 y/o and it seems really expensive (over 300 euros). I would use it throughout Benelux and France, though, but it doesn't make sense, as I'm arriving in the Netherlands on August 4 and Have to head back to Argentina on August 11.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
PS. I've also thought about buying a bicycle... but I immediately discarded the idea when I realized I'm no shape to cover that distance. I also can't drive, as mad as that seems, anyone who has visited Buenos Aires probably knows why :D.
If you can book in advance, train.
There is currently a Euro Special ticket which will get you from Hamburg or Bremen (or most other German stations) to Rotterdam or Den Haag (Den Haag is closer to Delft than Rotterdam, but neither is far away) for 39euros.
For example, putting in Hamburg to Rotterdam on Aug 3rd to Die Bahn (German railways) brings up availability on 4 departures, depending when you want to leave. Tickets are either posted top you, or self print. You can put in through journeys to Delft which will give you the time, but the special fares are NOT available, so you will have to buy an onward tickets from Rotterdam/Den Haag to Delft
Note that the tickets are for specific trains only (although, in the Netherlands, this is normally waived if you are on the following train). Most journeys are about 5hrs 45, and you change in Osnabruck and Amersfoort. the Amersfoort train is only a 2minute connection, but this is normal and the train will be on the opposite platform, meaning it is an easy connection to make.
Hope that helps. Any problems, let me know
Thanks for your kind response!
I was wondering where do you get info on those special tickets for 39 euros, all I find are fares for 85+
Just put in the dates and places, your age, and do NOT use Delft.
Then, on certain connections - not all - to the right of the normal fare (which is, as you say, 85.40) is a box saying savings fare from 39euros, check availability.
If you can't find it with your initial search (which brings up 3 services only), hit either the "later" or "earlier" arrows in the time column, and it will bring in another 3 services, of which one will have a savings fare. Think the longest gap is 4 connections, so with any 6 on screen, one with savings fares should be shown. ((if no 39euro one available when you go through check availability, try a different time on the same day. Numbers are limited, and they do sell out))
Thanks very much, Gelli! I've found them and it's very convenient.
When I was in Germany i travel short distance by bus as it was half price train tickets. There was a line that departs mainly from Berlin, but also from Hamburg to severl main cities north Europe http://www.berlinlinienbus.de/
Wish you luck and enjoy your travel!
Thanks very much Carola, I've already bought my ticket at Die Bahn, as Gelli suggested, for 39 euros + tax.
I love this site! Thanks everybody!
No problem. Have a good trip