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« on: June 13, 2013, 08:07:42 am »

Hi…This is first of all I’d like to say to know how excellence this site.
And this is our first post in this forum
We are planning to go to Europe on middle of august.
We are family with 2 adults and 3 Children 13, 10 & 6 yrs of age.
Itinerary was made and air ticket was bought as well.
We plan to arrive at Munich on 14 August, spending 3 days there and continue to Amsterdam.
We also will stay for three days in Amsterdam before depart to Paris.
So many website we've go through in internet but they only gave our head more spinning instead of get clear direction.
The things that we want to ask is following:

1.    What is best train ticket options would suit to our itinerary ?
Munich – Amsterdam – Paris
2.    Is Eurorail Pass recommended ?
3.    What station will be arrived in each city since we need to arrange hotel to the nearest ?

We are not planning to stop in between of city.
This is our first family trip to Europe, we plan and make sure that we understand fully our ins and outs of European trains.
My family would like to thanks everyone…
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 03:01:58 pm »

1.What is best train ticket options would suit to our itinerary ? Munich – Amsterdam – Paris
Well, between Munich and Amsterdam there is only one direct train - it is overnight CNL (CityNightLine) dep. 22:50 and arr. to Amsterdam 9:49. However at the same time it is also possible to travel quite easily during the day using high-speed ICE and InterCity trains, in this case at least one change will be required (although in Germany train changes are relatively easy and almost risk free, so nothing to worry about).
With Amsterdam to Paris it's even easier, since high-speed Thalys trains depart every two hours (or every hour during morning/evening peak times), so just slightly more than 3 hour journey and you are in Paris
2.Is Eurorail Pass recommended?
In cases like yours, and especially if you prefer rather fixed travel plans, we usually do not recommend buying Eurail pass, simply because it turns our to be more expensive. Let's just take a look at some number to see what we mean here -->
Great thing about many European rail companies is that they have a variety of tickets prices, as result passengers purchasing their tickets in advance (for instance right now for mid August) can enjoy discounted tariffs and pay much less compared to the normal standard fares. For instance, if you purchase your train tickets now then overnight journey from Munich to Amsterdam with mentioned above CNL train can cost your whole family as low as 168 euro (reclining seats), 218 euro (6 berth couchette compartment) or 383 euro (one three bed sleeper + another two bed sleeper). With daytime ICE+IC trains ticket as well can cost less than 200 euro for all 5
Similar discounted tickets available for Amsterdam to Paris with high-speed Thalys trains and can be as low as 135 euro for all 5 (35 euro per adults passengers and older child and 15 euro each for two younger children).
So at the end the whole itinerary Munich-Amsterdam-Paris can cost you like 300 euro for all 5 (or a bit more if you decide to use overnight train and couchette/sleepers accommodation), thus really doubt any pass (and especially Eurail) can beat this price. However you also need to remember that discounted tickets have some limitations - usually they are valid only for the specific date & train, plus can't be exchanged or refunded, it's a sort of price you pay for the discounted fares, so they might not suit travelers with possibility of plans change or spontaneity.

3.What station will be arrived in each city since we need to arrange hotel to the nearest ?
In Munich it will be main train station - München Hbf (Munich Hbf), in Amstedam - Amsterdam Centraal (=Central station) and in Paris - Gare du Nord (Paris-Nord station)

p.s. You can check timetable and purchase tickets for Munich to Amsterdam journey via official page of German Railways -, same things for Amsterdam to Paris can be done via Thalys website (or French Railways website)
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