One thing I love about traveling in Europe is that public transportation options are usually plentiful and inexpensive. It’s quite the opposite from my options here in Texas!
For my Europe trip next summer, I need to get from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Hamburg, Germany. I looked at Rome2Rio to see my options.
Eurowings and KLM both offer nonstop flights between Amsterdam and Hamburg for as low as $65 a person. Baggage and seat reservations are extra (or Eurowings). The flight is just over one hour.
This flight is bookable with United miles. However, the taxes required are more than the fare itself!
The downside to flying between these two cities is that Amsterdam Schiphol airport is overcrowded, and I hope to avoid it as much as possible.
There is no non-stop train between Amsterdam and Hamburg. However, with just one connection, the journey is only 5 hours and 15 minutes. The cost for me and my daughter combined with reserved seats is about 62 Euros (around $65 USD).
The downside to the train trip is having to change trains in an unfamiliar city. But, I’ve done it before, and it’s usually not too bad.
FlixBus has a non-stop bus between Amsterdam and Hamburg. A friend of mine rode on FlixBus in Europe this past summer and had a good experience. The bus journey is around 7 hours long (unless you take the overnight bus, which is closer to 5 hours). The cost for the two of us including seat reservations is $68.
The downside to the bus is that it takes longer than the train by ~2 hours. But, we wouldn’t have to disrupt our journey by changing busses–it’s a non-stop route.
Renting a car for a one-way journey is not something I would do. But, Europe has a car-sharing service called BlaBlaCar that enables you to hitch a ride with someone who is driving their own personal car. The cost is around 72 Euros for the two of us, and the journey takes a little less than 5 hours.
The major downside to this is that you can only book 2-3 days in advance.
I like having so many options to get from Amsterdam to Hamburg. I’m leaning towards taking the train, as trains are usually reliable and we can avoid airport traffic and highway traffic.
What is your favorite option for traveling around Europe?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.