A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Amsterdam to Bratislava
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Traveling from Amsterdam to Bratislava by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Berlin on the way.
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- Amsterdam Netherlands
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- Berlin Germany
- Bratislava Slovakia
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Good to know when traveling from Amsterdam to Bratislava
First and second class
Wouldn’t it be great if there were only a few, standardized, alternatives when choosing class? We agree. However, the train operators themselves choose what they call their different class options, which means they tend to be called things like "Sparpreis", "Super Flex Premium" and sometimes just "Seat". This is not ideal and we are working actively to standardize how ticket options are listed on All Aboard.
Which option you choose to travel with is entirely up to you. The more expensive options usually mean better comfort. If you feel unsure about what applies to each class option, you can check it out on the train operators' websites, or in their terms and conditions.
Is there wifi on the train?
There are few things as nice as watching a movie, listening to a good podcast or getting some work done on the train. And fortunately most long-distance trains in Europe today offer free wifi onboard.
Eurostar, Renfe, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn let you get access to wifi on the majority of their trains. If having wifi is very important to you, the best way to really know if wifi is available is to google the train number (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.
For EU residents
Should the wifi connection let you down, as an EU resident, you still have the luxury to take advantage of free roaming in all EU countries, just remember to turn on roaming in your phone's settings. If you are an EU resident traveling through a non-EU country such as Switzerland, the UK, or Norway, it could be a good idea to bring a 4G dongle in your bag, and switch off roaming to avoid hefty bills.
What happens if I miss my connecting train?
Missed trains connections can happen, but no need to panic. If we plan our trips well, a potential delay is not that big of a problem. Here are a few things to think about:
Before you travel
- Plan trips that can handle a bit of delay. If you're switching trains, perhaps to jump on a night train, you should always have extra time so that you don't miss your connection if you're running late.
- Consider getting additional travel insurance. If a train is canceled or you miss a connection, you might need to get new tickets if you're unlucky. Travel insurances can cover this extra cost.
If you've missed your train
International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.
- Always save your tickets. You might need them later.
- Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
- When arriving at the next station, ask the station staff what to do next.
- If you need to buy new tickets, save all receipts so that you can later show them to your travel insurer when making a claim.