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Taking luggage on train

by heystack Online Now Jan 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Please don't laugh - I've never ridden a train before! After arriving at Schiphol, I'll be taking the train to Den Bosch. Where do you stow your luggage on the train? Is there room to keep it near your seat? Does it cost extra to take luggage?

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    Re: Taking luggage on train

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jan 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I hope you'll get a better answer later, but in France when we've used the train, you stow luggage in two huge bins, one at the door and one in the center of the car. Use the nearest bin and keep a casual eye on it. We've had no trouble. There is probably room for small things above the seats. We travel pretty light so I'm not sure about that one.

    Enjoy your trip . . . and you will love the train. You can get up and walk around and you can see the countryside out the windows.

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  • Re: Taking luggage on train

    by K_V_B Online Now Jan 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    In the Netherlands the train system functions as a nationwide mass transit system. You look after your own luggage, and you don't have to pay extra for it. Make sure not to have more luggage on you than you can carry though.

    There is a train every 15 minutes, some are direct, others require a change in Utrecht. Just look times up on www.ns.nl
    You will most likely encounter double deck trains on this trip, and those trains don't have a lot of dedicated luggage space. The overhead bins are to small for a suitcase. Look for two rows of seats that are back to back and put your luggage between them. Best not to have to big a suitcase.
    (@beausoleil: domestic trains in the Netherlands are more like a RER than a Corail...)

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    Re: Taking luggage on train

    by pieter_jan_v Online Now Jan 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    There are overhead bins for carry on luggage.

    If you bring a suitcase, better travel first class, where there is more room to stow cases between chair/benches or next to you.

    Here's a so-called Intercity train interior 2nd class:
    cache.virtualtourist.com/6/4...

    This is the interior of a Sprinter type train, a slow train with many stops (be sure you do not take this one): cache.virtualtourist.com/6/5...

    More at my Schiphol transportation tips at:
    Schiphol Transportation Tips by pieter_jan_v


    PJ

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    Re: Taking luggage on train

    by Pijlmans Online Now Jan 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Hi,

    When you're not traveling during rush hour, I don't think you need to buy a more expensive 1st class ticket..

    Info on trains: www.ns.nl
    Door-to-door route planner: http://www.9292.nl/en/

    Cheers,
    Dennis

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  • Re: Taking luggage on train

    by heystack Online Now Jan 6, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Thanks, everyone for your help.

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    Re: Taking luggage on train

    by pieter_jan_v Online Now Jan 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I added new pictures:

    Intercity train type with high shelf-like luggage space:
    cache.virtualtourist.com/4/6...

    Double Decker train type with limted luggage space between the seats:
    cache.virtualtourist.com/4/6...

    Sprinter train type (slow train with many stops) with no luggage space:
    cache.virtualtourist.com/4/5...



    PJ

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