I"m a soon-to-be 1st time travelling into London and then from London to Amsterdam. I would like some advice about my options. I could:
a. fly (Easy Jet), one way before tax is about e32;
b. take the Dutch Flyer train/ferry. Night departure. Take train at 6pm, board ship at 7:45pm & arrive the next monring, 7:45 at Amsterdam; Hague; Liesen. (Not sure which port would suit me). e39 +39 + 41 (compulsory berth)/ 2 = e59.50 per person.
c. Take Eurostar -approx 4 hours e51 per person (approx).
I'm thinking either Opt B or C. Ok, here's what i plan to do in Amsterdam. I was going to stay 1-2 days in Amsterdam to sightsee and then go to Keukehof gadrens in Lisse and then Park Clingendael. If I took the Dutch Flyer I would get in early, I should book a hotel either in Lieden (?) or Amsterdam, depending on what I shoudl decide to do the first day. Being that i hear it's so chaotic during the tulip season, i shd get there 15 min BEFORE they open, which means, by the time i get off the ship and bring my stuff to the hotel, take public trans to the garden it'd be past opening and perhaps very crowded. I won't be able to go directly as I'd have luggage hauling around, right? Does it matter if I tour the city of amsterdam first and then the next morning go to the tulip garden, then do clingendael park? Then I have to leave and then head to take a train to paris. So on the 2nd night would it be strategic if i live elsewhere than backtrack back into amsterdam (vs near the airport/train station)?
The Eurostar option, would it be conveneint getting into town from where we get off the train station? If i take this option i just need to get a hotel for the nite.
Also, we need to consider the time I'll be in town. I will be in London in late April, departing for Amsterdam prob around April 26th. I read on the website that if we were not living in the Netherlands, we coudl book online our Dutch Flyer ticket while in London. Well this may be too late for me as it's "high season, spring break, easter, etc' and i want to secure my ticket. Would my only way be to call long distance to the London office to make my purchase?
Thank you and sorry if I kept rambling...