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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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It is a 20 minutes train ride to the city center. A single ticket costs 7.80 EUR and a return ticket twice that price. There are at least 3 or 4 trains per hour. Details about train travel can be found on http://www.belgianrail.be On that site you can also buy an online ticket. This will save you some precious minutes. However, you should be aware of the ...


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Train segments are handled differently to airline segments, and the implications for skipped segments are slightly different. Unlike air segments, the airline has no real way of knowing if you actually boarded the train, only that you picked up the tickets. So as long as you pickup your train tickets (not just your boarding passes!) at Schiphol then your ...


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Thalys is definitely the fastest way of getting from Brussels to Paris. You can buy tickets directly at the Thalys website. You can also buy them at the Belgian (SNCB) or French (SNCF) railway companies. The prices are in principle identical. The trip by bus takes around 5 hours, to be compared to the 1h20 of the train trip. Apart from Eurolines you can use ...


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Train Station Facilities Brussels South (Zuid / Midi) Luggage Storage According to The Man in Seat 61, there is a 24h manned luggage storage office at Brussels Midi: Brussels Midi has both luggage lockers and a staffed left luggage facility near the Eurostar check-in and Thalys reception. Both are open 24 hours a day, the staffed facility costs €4.00 ...


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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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There is no bus connection between Leuven or Brussels and Luxembourg. So you have to go by train. There is an hourly direct train from Brussels to Luxembourg. There is no direct train from Leuven. You have to make a connection in Ottignies (on the Brussels-Luxembourg line). There is at least one train per hour between Leuven and Ottignies. Alternatively, you ...


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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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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 other 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 airplane in your case. If you would ...


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


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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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There are automatic luggage lockers and a staffed left-luggage service at the Bruxelles-Midi station. They are available 24h per day. When you arrive at the station go downstairs to the main hall and follow the signs. They are near the Eurostar check-in and Thalys reception. ...


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Megabus is okay. At this time it is one of the more sensible options. You can also check Eurolines. They have similar prices and a lot of connections. Choose what suits you best. Note that Eurolines will drop you near the Brussels North railway station. Megbus stops near the Central station, a stone's throw from the Grand Place. The Central station is a bit ...


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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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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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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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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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There are a handful of high speed trains between Bruges and Brussels, but they're not very much quicker than the regular ones. So, unless you have a strong reason to take one of them (eg it's part of a longer Thalys or ICE journey), I'd suggest you skip those, and just go for the regular SNCB trains. Between Brussels and Bruges, you've basically got one ...


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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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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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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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STIB/MIVB, the Brussels public transportation company only operates in and very close to Brussels. The best thing to do Transportation from Charleroi Airport to Brussels: Brussels City Shuttle. Book it now. Price for one way is 5 euro (when bought very early), 10 euro (when not bought very early), 14 euro (when bought only a few days beforehand) or 17 euro ...


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The diabolo fee is something you have to pay on top of a regular ticket to the airport, to fund the extension of the Diabolo project. My understanding is that a regular ticket to or from the airport already includes it but it's also sold separately for people who have another ticket or a rail card and need to pay only the extra fee. The Diabolo fee ...



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