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Skipping first leg of itinerary on Bahn

Old Aug 31, 15, 6:04 pm
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Skipping first leg of itinerary on Bahn

I am unsure if my travel plans will have me coming from Eindhoven or Amsterdam on the way to Munich.

I'm almost confident it is Eindhoven, so I'd like to book Eindhoven to Munich with a connection in Utrecht.
If my plans change, I'll get to Utrecht another way and then catch the train to Munich.

If I don't take the Eindhoven-Utrecht trip, does my ticket onward get invalidated like a multi-leg airline reservation on a legacy airline?

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Old Aug 31, 15, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by nekbet View Post
I am unsure if my travel plans will have me coming from Eindhoven or Amsterdam on the way to Munich.

I'm almost confident it is Eindhoven, so I'd like to book Eindhoven to Munich with a connection in Utrecht.
If my plans change, I'll get to Utrecht another way and then catch the train to Munich.

If I don't take the Eindhoven-Utrecht trip, does my ticket onward get invalidated like a multi-leg airline reservation on a legacy airline?

thanks!
That depends on the kind of fare you have bought and how restrictive it is. The most restrictive fares are limited to specific trains. So if you were to make your own way to Utrecht and then caught the same train(s) from Utrecht onwards as your original reservation, you should be OK. If you have seat reservations, there is a chance that the conductor may remove the label indicating a seat is reserved, but considering the short journey time between Amsterdam and Utrecht, it is unlikely tnat you seat will be allocated to someone else. YMMV, of course.
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Old Sep 1, 15, 5:34 am
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Another solution is to just book Utrecht-Munchen in advance (as its cheaper if bought in advance, need reservation).

When you know more about your travels, just buy your ticket from Eindhoven or Amsterdam at the station or online (fixed price, no reservation possible, just buy and hop on - trains every 20 mins at least) and connect in Utrecht to your train to Germany.

If you are quite sure it will be Eindhoven you are departing from and can grab one of the cheap advance tickets, of course you can easily do that. Dutch trains are not tracked as part of the itinerary (you can even get an earlier domestic Dutch train if you like) and as long as you board the train to Germany as planned, all is fine.
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Old Sep 1, 15, 11:00 am
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Are you on a non-flexible ticket - Europa-Spezial Niederlande, or whatever they call it on the NS site? If so then the fare will be the same regardless of what station in the Netherlands you specify as your starting point. I would specify Eindhoven as the starting point, because....:

- you say you're more likely to start your journey there
- the fare from Amsterdam to Utrecht is less than the fare from Eindhoven to Utrecht
-.the ICE train starts in Amsterdam. If you have a ticket from Amsterdam then your reservation (if you get one) will start from Amsterdam. If you have a ticket from Eindhoven your reservation will start from Utrecht because that's where you're getting on the ICE

BTW, although saver tickets are tied to a specific train you do NOT need a reservation. It's recommended, especially in second class, but it's not compulsory.
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Old Sep 9, 15, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by TinDrum View Post
So if you were to make your own way to Utrecht and then caught the same train(s) from Utrecht onwards as your original reservation, you should be OK.
You will definitely be ok, regardless of the kind of ticket you booked, as long as you catch your originally selected train if on a restrictive ticket (or any train on a flexible ticket). Unlike air travel, nobody will be checking whether you really got onto the train at the station which is printed on your ticket, as long as your departure station is on the route that's [cryptically] printed on your ticket.

Originally Posted by TinDrum View Post
If you have seat reservations, there is a chance that the conductor may remove the label indicating a seat is reserved,...
Well, as the Utrecht-Germany route is using ICE stock, there will be automatic reservation signs that will go blank a few minutes after leaving the departure station, so there might be a certain chance of someone else sneaking your reserved seat (for example someone who will have boarded in Amsterdam and thinks your reserved seat would be the better choice, or someone who will get into the train before you at Utrecht).

However, please note that you cannot use your Amsterdam-Munich ICE ticket to depart from Eindhoven. If you choose to buy Amsterdam-Munich, you need to pay for a separate ticket Eindhoven-Utrecht while your original ticket will, als mentioned above, also cover your journey from Utrecht to Munich. There are some other routing options (via Venlo or Heerlen and Aachen) which I would strongly discourage, as you'd have to pay for a ticket Eindhoven-Düsseldorf (via Venlo) or Eindhoven-Cologne (via Heerlen and Aachen), and those routes will also involve quite a few changes of train.
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