Fyra High Speed TrainsFyra High Speed Trains are offered by the operations of the NS Hispeed operating service and the NMBS/SNCB, which start at the Amsterdam Central station. This high speed train is the first of its kind to offer the fastest way to get from Brussels to Amsterdam and vice versa. The name Fyra stands for pride which is derived from both the Dutch and the French word fier. This is also representative of the Swedish word for four which will represent the four most important cities that will be served by the train system being Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Albeit a brief history as this is the newest high speed train system, Fyra was first developed in 2008 and is slated to be completely stocked with 16, V250 units by the end of Autumn, 2010. This is the fastest way to travel between Amsterdam and Brussels. This train unit operates at a speedy 250 km/h or 155 mph, making your trip from Amsterdam to Brussels in a mere 1 hour and 46 minutes which saves you an approximate 1 hour and 5 minutes compared to conventional methods of travel.
More About The V250
The V250 also has the nickname of Albatross. These trains are a multi-electrical train and they are operated on the Hispeed lines. These trains are equipped with the train protection system, a standard system set forth by the standards of Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as WTCS Level 2.
Features of Fyra High Speed Trains
Since the Fyra system and its train units are still in the infancy stages of operations, the timetables in which all operations are done are based on a shortened schedule for each cities destination for example: the current travel time between Amsterdam and Rotterdam is 43 minutes in the early phases of this timetable and will be shortened later once all units have arrived and are operational. Under the current timetable, each unit leaves Amsterdam once every hour.
All current stops for the Fyra High Speed Trains include:
By sometime in December of this year, there will be two trains running every hour from Amsterdam to Breda with a stop in Rotterdam and another in Schiphol making the average travel time 55 minutes which in the past has been slated at an hour and a half by conventional travel methods. This can make a huge difference for a lot of people who have to travel this route every day, twice per day making this a lot more convenient and comfortable for those of us who would rather spend time doing the things we need to do or want to do instead of travelling to do those things.
Other amenities offered by the Fyra include:
• Reserved Seating:
If you book your fare using the Super Discount Fare, reserved seating is included in the price of your ticket. Fyra has gone above and beyond to also make sure that finding your reserved seating is easy as can be. Each train is fixed with a certain number of carriages and each carriage has a certain number of reserved seating which is marked by definite signs on the platform. Currently, the reserved seating are found solely on carriages number 21 and number 22. Each carriage is numbered on the outside of the train and the seat numbers are marked by stickers above each window seat. With this type of seating arrangement, it would be virtually impossible to get lost or confused.
If you book your ticket on-line, not only can you print out your ticket when it is convenient for you, you will also save some money because there is no fee for booking if you choose this method of purchase.
To make things more convenient and comfortable, Fyra offers the option of on-board catering with the choices of cold or hot beverages, snacks, sandwiches and other foods are offered. This definitely will save you some time if you are in a hurry or you just did not have time to have a meal before your trip and every food or beverage offered by the on-board catering service is of high-quality and giving you the nutritional choices you may have not had otherwise.
Every passenger choosing to take Fyra is allowed to take 2 large sized suit cases and one handbag which can be stored either under your seat or in the above luggage compartments. Larger suitcases, fully folding bicycles or a child’s stroller or pushchair can be stored at the entryway between each compartment. If you do not have a folding bicycle, you are not allowed to take the bicycle on the train but because a folding bicycle can be put in a bag, it can be considered a piece of luggage and can be brought and stored free of charge. This is especially nice for those who plan to take a bike trip at their destination without having to pay an astronomical fee just to do something that should be free in the first place and if you plan on trying to take a sight-seeing bike trip, this is something you will want to consider and plan for in advance.
Other sites to put on your agenda should include the Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The Van Gogh Museum consists of over 700 pieces of Van Gogh’s artwork including his paintings and drawings along with several personal belongings of Van Gogh and other famous artists such as Monet and Gauguin. There are certainly more colourful attractions so doing your research before you make your trip will be well worth the time.
There are so many things to do in Rotterdam that planning a visit does take some preparation and of course not everything will fit every pallet, but there is something for everyone’s pallet. Some of the more notable hot spots in Rotterdam include the Euro mast which is where you want to go to get a view of the entire city. This automatic lift takes you up into the air 185 metres in a matter of minutes to give you the most gorgeous view of Rotterdam. The Meritime Museum has a massive collection of large ships and navigational instruments marking all of Holland’s extremely rich naval traditions.
The Spido is a really interesting way for the entire family to experience all of the incredible aquatic sites of Rotterdam. You literally get to experience all of the life within the waters of this incredible city. Rotterdam is also home the Zoo Blidjorp. As you can imagine, this zoo’s wildlife setting makes this a prime are for all occasions like birthdays, receptions, meetings and family gatherings. As previously stated, Rotterdam has something for every one of all ages and pallets.
As far as railways go, Fyre seems to have figured out the best way to offer services that standard railway services do not offer at a fair and reasonable fare not to mention the lengths at which they have gone to be accommodating to passengers that have not been able to travel due to personal physical limitations.
There is no doubt that you will be pleased with all of the services they offer and it also helps put your mind at ease because we all know that travelling can not only sometimes be exhausting but stressful as well. So the next time you plan on going to any number of these destinations, save yourself the headache and just plan on including Fyra as your one stop travel service.