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Yes, you can travel with regional trains. It takes a little over 4 hours plus the connection times, and there are no good connections, so count on 5 to 6 hours for the journey. The bus takes 4–5 hours and is cheaper than regional trains. It isn't easy to find the train times or prices because online planners tend to go for the fastest journey only. There's ...


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Compared to an average US city, I expect you to find Belgium a very expensive country. Taxi's are extremely expensive, expect to pay >25Euro's for innercity trips. Having said that, public transport like trains and busses are really really cheap. The Belgian Railways have a card called Go Pass (<26) or Rail Pass which makes traveling through Belgium ...


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With one connection in Paris, the cheapest I found on french voyages-sncf.com was a ticket for two passengers at about 170 EUR (210 CHF). But I agree that usual fares are more in the 400 CHF range. It would be worth to spend some time with a SBB-CFF employee or in a travel agency to find the cheapest train at the dates you plan to travel. Alternatively, ...


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The fastest route is the Thalys train that takes 1:22 hours and is a non stop train. If you compare that to the car, you need more than 3 hours according to Google. Consequently, buses can't be any faster than cars. Another option would be flying, but a flight takes around 1 hours, without including the time for getting to the airport, security check, ...


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If you're willing to sacrifice speed and comfort to travel cheaper, then car pooling or an advance booking on a Eurolines bus is likely to come out cheaper than the train. From Zürich to Brussels, you have to go through either France or Germany. It's quite possible that careful shopping between SBB, SNCF, DB and SNCB will yield a cheaper price than booking ...


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I quote from my Lonely Planet book: Those staying in hostels, doing a museum, filling up with fast fodder like frites (chips or fries) and baguettes and downing a good beer or two can expect to spend from €40 per day. Those opting for hotels with full amenities and midrange restaurants will pay from €120. B&Bs offer excellent value, as do ...


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As Roflcoptr says, your Thalys is booked to leave from Platform 5. Your best bet for platform 5 is to exit the Eurostar platform on the exit about half way along the train - not the one at the very front of the train. This'll drop you down by the Thalys lounge, and pretty much by a set of stairs up to platform 5. There's also a lift there too, handy with ...


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It is getting to be celebrated more and more. This is a direct effect of the appreciation of Hollywood movies and the creative usage of that appreciation by shops. So yes you would see more and more advertisement trying to convince people to celebrate Halloween, since it means top dollar in terms of turnover. You might be invited to Halloween parties and ...


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Your train leaves from track 5. The Belgian RailTime website can give you this information.


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms ...


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You might also try to go by car pooling, e.g mitfahrgelenheit.de or mitfahrzentrale.de. It costs around 6 cents per kilometre usually, or 70 CHF for a one-way trip. You have to get lucky, though, to find a ticket. Also, it might be worthwile to ask the DB (German rail company) for cheap tickets from Zürich into Germany and from Germany to Brussels or for a ...


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In 2010, I hitchhiked from Brussels to Paris, first from a gas station on the periphery of the city to a rest stop on the highway towards Paris, then in a fast Mercedes all the way to Paris, in fact much faster than legal. That day I continued to Bordeaux. Of course, hitchhiking is not reliably the fastest, but it can certainly be very fast and it is ...


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Cheap flights from Brussels that actually consist of a flight from Amsterdam, Paris or London with a transfer from Brussels are common. There seems to be competition to drive Belgian passengers to these other airports. It does end up with ridiculous situations where it's cheaper to buy such a “flight” from Brussels plus a train ticket from ...


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If such exists, they are a well kept secret. You'll likely have to do this in stages. The most attractive option I could find (excluding flights) would be to take trains as far as Istanbul and then there is a bus from Istanbul to Tbilisi. The train segment is about 50 hours (including three nights where you could opt for comfortable sleeping compartments ...


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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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If you are taking any other trains in Central/Northern Europe during your trip, a Eurail pass may be worthwhile. You could opt for a 3-country pass (Switzerland, Benelux and France or Germany, depending on your route). Or, you could buy a Switzerland/Germany regional pass and pay for a single ticket to take you to Brussels from the border. However, check ...


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As long as you remain in the transit area of the airport, you do not need a visa as an Indian citizen in Belgium (or any Schengen country except France, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic), even if you need to disembark and catch a connecting flight. This should also apply to any unexpected need to leave the airplanes in your case. If you would need an ...


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I can only quote another travellers review from Qype, but I think the most imporant information is there: The Thalys lounge is open to 1st class passengers and to Cybelis members as well as to members of the German bahn.comfort program. If you have such a bahn.comfort card, you can bring a collegue, that neither needs a train ticket himself or be a ...


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Hitchhiking is fairly easy in Belgium. Any spot will probably get you in the right direction, Liège seems best but first going towards Ottignies to catch the highway there seem fine as well. (Still good to check the Leuven article on Hitchwiki though if you don't have a lot of experience hitching.) Hitchhiking is not easy in Luxembourg, for returning it's ...


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This question is hard to answer. The first issue is the definition of "quiet" The area inbetween Amsterdam and Brussels is quite densely populated. Yet there are really nice and quite areas even in the cities them self. As @annoyed already mentions, parking is rarely free. In Dutch there is an expression that says that only the sun rises for free, meaning ...


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The Belgian Eurostar website suggests that there are in fact only two prices and one class (compare that with tickets to London, where the price quoted is only a minimum “à partir de”). Note that the Brussels/Lille link has been contentious, with commuters and local politicians in Belgium and France wanting easy access and Eurostar and the UK authorities ...


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TL;DR - These appear to only be bookable on the website, and must be booked more than 1.5 days before departure, but are a fixed amount as shown in the screenshot . These tickets are a little bit special, in many ways, and seem to be rather difficult to actually book. The prices are given on the Eurostar Belgian website (but not most of the other Eurostar ...


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Other answers have detailed what is going on with these tickets, let me explain why. These tickets are strange because of the so-called "Lille Loophole". Passengers from Brussels to Lille are making an cross-border intra-Schengen journey and therefore do not have to show their passport to travel. This means that people who are not entitled to travel to the ...


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I pass through the Brussels-Midi station quite regularly. I cannot say for sure, but it is a large station, including the Eurostar terminal, and so I imagine that it is possible to get hold of cart if you ask someone when you get to the station (if you can speak French this would help). I would advise checking exactly how much time you have at ...



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