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Strikes usually end officially at 10 p.m., but don't count on any train after that time. There might be an odd train, but usually there is not. In reality the normal schedule resumes the next morning with a few cancelled trains still possible. Source: I take the train daily in Belgium and have seen my share of strikes. If you are referring to the upcoming ...


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By train it's 21 minutes and currently costs €7.70 (one way). You can check the time tables, and even buy tickets online on Belgian Railways web site. You can also directly choose Any Belgian Station option when buying Eurostar ticket, which seems to be €7.50 surcharge (for one way). How it works: Travelling to other Belgian stations The fares on ...


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The reason for the strike ending at 22h is so they can attempt to get all the material at the required destinations for the next day, e.g. they need x amount of trains in Gent or Oostende so they can handle the morning traffic the next day. Note that this is not a guarantee for success, I've often experienced delays the day after a strike because not all ...


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Fot his specific strike, my answer is too late, but since the Belgian railways are prone for strikes (sometimes even instant strikes) I can still answer. The bus connection google mentions is not worth a try, especially if there are strikes. You mention 3 connections, meaning in practice your travel time will be doubled due to at least one missed ...


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Using google maps directions I found this option using the bus network: Google map link. It involves four buses: 821 to Merchtem, 245 onwards to Dendermonde, 28 to Wetteren and finally number 34 to Gent. It seems that the latest option for this route starts at 18:16 making it hard to catch with a flight arriving 17:55. (If I remember correctly Brussels is ...


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Make sure you have different means of transport. It is very doubtful that you will see a train that day. I suggest you take a cab, at that hour there shouldn't be too much traffic. And it's not too hard to get one in Brussels.


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The practicalities of traveling to the city centre are covered in Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center? The only problem left (or not, considering that 3 hours is really short) is whether it's allowed at all. This will depend on your citizenship. If you are a citizen of either Rwanda or Russia, you won't be allowed ...


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If your connecting flights happen on the same ticket, you will be guaranteed to arrive at your destination. A ticket is a contract that says "we will transport you from point A to point B". In such connections, the delay is always calculated to allow you to easily change planes. If the inbound flight happens to be late, the airline will arrange the ...


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It depends. The question is if they block access to signaling control builing or not. You can not predict this beforehand, but generally they do. If signalling control building is inaccessible, no trains can pass in the area controlled by that specific building. If the signaling control buildings remain functioning, you can count on some trains, but can not ...


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Not the best way but if you want to save a couple of euros, you can. From Gare de Midi you can catch bus 27 to Parc Leopold, where you can change to bus line 21. You're supposed to get a ticket of 4 euro for this ride because of the airport bus. Even cheaper is using normal public transport all the way. Lines 359 or 659 are a possibility. Google Maps shows ...


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If you can afford it the best option is to rent a car. This is what I ended up doing. I was a bit worried that there would be no cars left due to the strike but I guess people need to get to the airport then too. Anyway I booked one in advance and found it in the midst of an ocean of other rentals.



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