• Posted:Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Planes trains and Amsterdam

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Planes trains and Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the great cities of Europe, offering something for everyone. Of course, it is probably most famous for its colourful nightlife, but there is also a whole lot more on offer for those planning a trip there.

I have some English friends in particular who enjoy spending the odd weekend there and as I understand it they usually fly out. But another cheap travel option they might not have considered is the train.

While it seems like a bit of a distance to cover by rail, Eurostar has highlighted the benefits of choosing its services when planning a break. Since the Channel Tunnel full reopened in February of this year it has recorded a 22 per cent rise in the number of passengers travelling from London to Amsterdam via Brussels.

So for Brits - and indeed the French, Belgians and others - who are planning stays at hostels in Amsterdam, it could be worth considering.

Director of communications at Eurostar Simon Montague explained that there are all kinds of reasons for choosing high-speed rail when embarking on a relatively long journey - the high-speed aspect probably being crucial.

"By making one simple connection [travellers] can avoid all the hassles of flying and enjoy journeys from city centre to city centre that are just as fast overall – and a lot more convenient," he said.

Visitors to Amsterdam will have just missed the Holland Festival of opera, dance music and theatre that takes place every June, but there's still plenty to see and do when staying in hostels there.

For those who want explore other cities, however, the Eurostar makes stops in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol as well as the places already mentioned.

Sam Buckley
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