Hi fellow VT's:
I will be in London for business and thinking about adding few days of side trip. Traveling by myself, plan on a budget trip yet Fun.
I am thinking London --> Brussels (2D 1N) --> Bruges (1D 1N)--> Amsterdam (2D 1N)--> London.
1) Does this order make sense or should I start in Amsterdam?
2) What will be a better/cheaper route?
3) I am thinking of Amsterdam --> London (or vice versa) on the overnight ferry? Is there a cheaper and better way to do this?
4) Any suggestions on hotels/lodging?
Any other tips/insights
Thanks in advance.
1. Doesn't make much difference one way or the other.
2. You can either take the Eurostar under-Channel train direct from London St Pancras or fly. Which is cheaper depends on a number of factors.
www.eurostar.com is the official site for the train. Cheapest fares are booked well in advance and limited in availability. The booking 'window' is open 120 days before departure; you should try to book as near to that date as possible to be sure of cheapest fares. Train is especially convenient because it goes from city centre to city centre.
Your onward trip to Brugge from Brussels will be covered by your Eurostar ticket.
Flights can be cheaper than the Eurostar if you don't get cheapest fares. But you have to factor in time and cost of getting to and from airports, time for check-in and security (be there at least 2 hours before departure) and time for baggage reclaim.
www.skyscanner.net will give you all carriers and (usually) fares for your route and dates. Book on the airline's own website.
I'd definitely use the Eurostar London>Brussels/Bruges and Amsterdam >London, if I could get cheapest fares.
3. Ferries from the Netherlands do not go from Amsterdam or to London. They go from the Hook of Holland to Harwich. If the overnight ferry suits then you could take it, but would need transport to and from the ports (train into london from Harwich).
This will quite possibly not be the cheapest option, once you have factored in the cost of transport. A budget flight or cheapest Eurostar fare will be cheaper.
4. Without knowing your budget it's impossible to suggest accommodation. www.booking.com and www.venere.com are both reliable sites used by many VT-ers...I suggest you look at those for options.
I stayed at the Singel hotel in Amsterdam, very near the railway station and very pleasant indeed:
"Excellent location, friendly staff" - Hotel Singel Tip by leics
and in Brugge I stayed at the Hotel T'Putje, also easy walking distance from the station and very pleasant:
"Rambling but friendly" - Putje Hotel Brugge Tip by leics
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As for 'tips and insights' you'll find loads of both if you put the name of the place into the searchbox top right of this page, all written by VT locals and visitors.
I have pages on Brugge and Amsterdam (and London, obviously).
I do think you should visit the Anne Frank House when you are in Amsterdam. Get there as early as you can: queues can be very long indeed. I was there b 0840 on a freezing February morning (temperatures well below zero) and was not first in the queue. By 10am the queue was around 300m long. You could buy your ticket online in advance to avoid queueing:
But it is a much better and more moving experience if you can visit when there are fewer people, so getting there early really is worthwhile imo.
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