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PeerLew

Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by PeerLew »

We're hoping to get to Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges but I've been told that parking in Brussels is difficult (and expensive). Wondering if we should get a car anywya, or if there's a better way to do those cities? Thank you

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mquartz

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by mquartz »

Trains, without a doubt. Go to www.belgianrail.be/en/

Brussels has three train stations, Midi (means "south" in French), Central (the closest to the historic center with the Grand'Place and the Manneken Pis etc), and Noord (North). They themselves are linked by trains. You'll soon get the hang of which gets you where - look at a map of Belgium and it becomes obvious.

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billiv

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by billiv »

It depends on what you actually want to do on your excursions out of the city.

If you just want to go from one city to the other and don't care about visiting anything between the cities, absolutely use the excellent train system.

If, on the other hand, you want to see sights along the way (either planned or serendipitous), then a car works better.

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PeerLew

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by PeerLew »

We had been thinking of just seeing the cities but is there much to see in the small towns along the way billiv? We're now thinking train, unless that would mean we're missing out.

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mquartz

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by mquartz »

I think you're asking the question the wrong way around.

First research what you want to see and where those targets are. Then worry about how to get there.

Case in point: A few years ago we lucked out by being in Belgium on the day of "patrimoine" - heritage day when all of Belgium opens its doors, even if only on that one day, and lets the public look in. Our host (we stayed with private, through a hospitality exchange organization where we have long belonged) drove us to a lot of small towns and distant castle ruins and such destinations (including a snail farm, the culinary kind of snail...) that we would not have been able to reach by train or bus, even if (and that's a big IF) we had known about them.

In hindsight, had we known about all those and had we been on our own, we would no doubt have rented a car. 

So dig deep into what's there to see, outside of the obvious towns that are easily reached by train, and if there is a list of targets that seem worthwhile, then figure out if there is a bus or if renting a car is the smart way of doing it.

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CambriaPat

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by CambriaPat »

I and my 18 year-old niece will be traveling Amsterdam to Antwerp then to Bruges, Bruges to Ghent and then on to Brussels and last to the airport in Brussels. We would also use it for a day trip out to Ieper. I suspect I will have to purchase the Amsterdam to Antwerp there but what about a rail pass for the rest of the trips? I see a Rail Pass in Belgium for 77€ that covers 10 trips in second class. Would it be less if I just bought the individual tickets there or purchase the pass to save time? I know I will have to pay a surcharge to the airport but it appears both of us can travel all the legs of our trip using the pass.  

 

Thanks for the suggestions

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mquartz

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by mquartz »

Hi there. Two things:

First: For your rail pass question, bring up the individual trips you had in mind and see how much they cost, then compare with the price for the pass. Also see if the wizard who runs www.seat61.com says something on his site about that. (He may even jump in here and give you his personal answer if he sees your question, but for reasons stated below he may not see it.)

Second thing: You are piggybacking on someone else's old thread that has nothing to do with your rail question and has a title about needing a car, not trains. For future reference, you'll be better off starting a new "discussion" with your own title so your header will be visible to all.

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CambriaPat

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by CambriaPat »

Thanks for the tips. Sorry about the mis-post, I just went in because it was Belgium. I will check out the guy in seat61. I have looked at the individual rates and seems it is about the same so looking at convenience.  Thanks again

 

In Response to Re: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?:[QUOTE]

Hi there. Two things:

First: For your rail pass question, bring up the individual trips you had in mind and see how much they cost, then compare with the price for the pass. Also see if the wizard who runs www.seat61.com says something on his site about that. (He may even jump in here and give you his personal answer if he sees your question, but for reasons stated below he may not see it.)

Second thing: You are piggybacking on someone else's old thread that has nothing to do with your rail question and has a title about needing a car, not trains. For future reference, you'll be better off starting a new "discussion" with your own title so your header will be visible to all.


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mquartz

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by mquartz »

No worries. Good luck and bon voyage.

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ekaloci3

RE: Making Brussels the hub of a trip. Do we need a car?

by ekaloci3 »

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