A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Amsterdam to Bratislava
- Trip duration
- 2 days
- Travel time
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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.
- Amsterdam Netherlands
- Berlin Germany
- 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 in our service.
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 it's super important to you, the best way to really know if wifi is available is to google the name of the train (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 are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:
Before you travel
- Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
- Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.
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.
- Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
- Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
- When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.
Long distance train trips
If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.