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How reliable am I? Depends how much vin rouge I've had... Seriously, I do my best to keep the site updated, it's an uphill task but if I know bustitution is over I update the site. Countries with lots of visitors eg Italy, Vietnam, South Africa tend to be very up to date, obscure countries such as the Congo or Sudan tend (in all honesty) to get less ...


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You can travel the NS train either by buying a single ticket, or by using an OV-chipcard (Dutch: "OV chipkaart"). If you buy a single ticket it doesn't matter. If you travel with the OV-chipcard (as most people do), you pay for the distance you travel. The system needs to know how far you've traveled so you "check out" when you leave the platform. The ...


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Those people are scanning their 'OV chipkaart', and not their one way train tickets. Those cards are either prepaid or subscriptions and they need to check out to be billed for the actual trip they made. Failing to check out means getting charged more (because you might have made a way longer trip). With a one-way ticket there is no need to check out.


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Most people don't have tickets anymore but a pay-as-you-go RFID card like in many public transit systems (à la Oyster card). So you validate once to check in and another time to check out and determine the price of the ride. Of course, for single use tickets (paid in advance) it does not matter so much but some stations (e.g. Rotterdam) now have automatic ...


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The point in reserving a seat is so that you are guaranteed (ish) a seat to sit in. It's especially useful in larger groups that wish to sit together. It does not limit you to that particular train. The National Rail Enquiries page on reservations says: When are reservations compulsory? On some routes around Bank Holidays. Sometimes you can only ...


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Both Tours and Orléans are terminus stations, so to change platforms you'll need to walk all the way to the front of the train (as far as I can tell there is no underpass in Orléans, and anyway your girlfriend probably prefers a level walk). It's possible that the trains will be on opposite tracks of the same platform, I don't know what the track ...


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No the validity of the ticket is not affected and moreover you may sit where you want on the actual train However if it is a busy train with no available seats (and this does happen off peak) you are entitled to your reserved seat, and this will be enforced by the train guard (in theory). In practise though I usually have no wish to eject someone less able ...


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The "OV" as they call it can be used to determine your location of departure and location of arrival, so the price for your trip can be calculated automatically and can be subtracted from the "saldo" on the ov-ticket. So for example your location of departure (check-in) is Amsterdam Central. Let's say your going to Haarlem. At arrival in Haarlem you scan ...


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Since you are using the Dutch transport service this often, you may consider buying an anonymous OV-chipcard (Dutch: "OV chipkaart"). Have it in with you and check-in once you are about to take the train. As indicated in its website its [current] price is €7,50. PROS: You can load a lot of credit once - say €50. This way, you will not have to buy the ...


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When you arrive in Amsterdam you will find (if still there) one ticket machine in the area where you collect your luggage. Which is very nice if you have to wait for your luggage to arrive, but not worth waiting any longer than you need for your luggage. When you leave the secure area you follow the signs for the train and you arrive in the main arrivals ...


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Yes you can certainly buy them online on the Dutch Railways website. It's really just a train that happens to connect the airport, so you book it like any other train and print it at home before you go, make sure you carry an ID with the same name on the ticket


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I did that train ride a few years ago and remember sitting on the right side of the train. The River was on the right side for most of the time as well. We were in a compartment and we could always go outside to stand in the corridor to look out on the left side as well. I don't remember it being a very narrow valley, so I think you have some views on both ...


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This answer is a little late, but never mind. Just by looking at the design of the site I would certainly trust it. It's well laid out, not cluttered with ads, and has plenty of information. Also, my browser didn't complain about any security issues. It has all the signs of a trustworthy site. Good job, @MarkSmith!



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