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Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

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Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

Hi,

Travelling to Amsterdam from Antwerp on Aug 2nd week. I don't want to travel on Thalys. But preferring Bus (Flixbus) or Train (Direct Intercity).

Want to know of we need to book early for IC train? Is there any price advantage if we book early? Or we can buy tickets and hop on the train?

Also, how reliable is flixbus? I have seen reviews that bus delayed by 2 hrs or cancelled. Can we take flixbus like just buy tickets and get on to bus?

Thanks,

Maltesh

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1. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

Hi there,

IC train ticket can be bought on the day. For return NL-BE-NL there are discounts if you buy 1 week or more ahead, don't know whether it works other way around too. No seat reservations, the ticket is for a whole date.

Sorry can't help with Flixbus but for us train is a nobrainer, faster and more comfortable.

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

Hi,

If you want to go with flixbus you need to buy a ticket at their website. It is the same if you want to go with Ouibus.

There can be a delay with the bus depending on how much traffic there is on the road.

I have travelled with Flixbus a couple of times and once there was a delay because of an accident on the road.

Soon I will travel with Ouibus to Antwerp and back with Flixbus.

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3. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

Hi Erik,

.Thanks for your reply.

Its not round trip but just one way trip. From AMS i will be heading back to India.

So, I can just purchase the ticket in the morning and board the train? There is no reservations on IC train? And where can i find the timings of IC train?

Thanks,

Maltesh

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4. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

Yes absolutely IC has no reservations (which also means no seat guarantee but at long distances this is hardly ever a problem). www.b-europe.be and www.nsinternational.nl have the times, roughly 1 x per hour.

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5. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

There is now an "early bird" discount on the InterCity service if you buy the ticket online more than seven days ahead.

The tickets are date-specific and non-refundable, but are open-timed.

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6. Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam advanced booking needed?

We had taken a flixbus from brussels to amsterdam. Reliable but we got delayed since the driver took a halt of half an hour (Unplanned). Yes! Please book your tickets online and well in advance.

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