Amsterdam to Brussels

Old Jan 27th, 2003, 11:04 AM
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Amsterdam to Brussels

Traveling from Amsterdam to Brussels, what is the best way to do this? (1st time traveling abroad)
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Old Jan 27th, 2003, 11:16 AM
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Thalys - a high speed train. No need to purchase tickets ahead. They run about every hour. If you need to check the schedule, look here:<BR>www.thalys.com<BR>Takes about 2.5 hours and costs about $40.00 each way.<BR>Have a great trip!
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Old Jan 27th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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Take the faster Thalys www.thalys.com or check the Dutch railroad website (English language option) at www.ns.nl for times, prices and other info. In Brussels, make sure you get out at Brussel-Centraal (Flemish) which is Bruxelles-Midi (French). Do NOT get out at Brussel Noord! In Amsterdam, everyone speaks English if you are nervous about getting tickets at the train station. There are many departures to Brussels from Amsterdam everyday and the trip is very scenic, particularly between Amsterdam and the Hague and then after Rotterdam into Belgium.
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Old Jan 27th, 2003, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for help and the website.
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Old Jan 27th, 2003, 02:16 PM
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pip,<BR><BR>do not get confused by EyeSpy's posting: Brussel Centraal is NOT the same station as Bruxelles Midi.<BR><BR>The railway line through Brussels central area runs from north to south. There are three main stations: North (Brussel Noord / Bruxelles Nord), Central (Brussel Centraal / Bruxelles Central) and South (Brussel Zuid / Bruxelles Midi).<BR>As far as I know the Thalys trains stop at the South station only.<BR><BR>You can also take a direct Intercity trains from Amsterdam to Brussels. This is also an hourly service, it is cheaper and the trains halt at Brussels North, Central and South stations.<BR>These trains use the same tracks between Amsterdam and Brussels; they are about as fast as the Thalys.<BR><BR>The Thalys can be a very fast train, but not so between Amsterdam and Brussels. This is due to the fact that the high speed tracks for the Thalys Amsterdam-Brussels are still under construction.
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Old Jan 27th, 2003, 02:30 PM
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I concur with taking the Intercity train - it's a few euro less, and only 10-15 minutes longer. There are no transfers to be made, and you can get off at Midi or Central (Central is closer to Grand Place).<BR>We traveled in October - bought our tickets at Schiphol upon arrival for the trip 2 days later, no problem, no seat reservations needed.
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Old Jan 28th, 2003, 06:59 AM
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The Intercity train it is then. Thanks. Is Brussel Noord really that bad?
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Old Jan 28th, 2003, 07:06 AM
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What is the name of the Intercity Train and do they have a website to look at?
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The intercity trains are run by the Belgian and Dutch railways (www.b-rail.be and www.ns.nl). The trains run every hour, and you just buy a ticket and get on whichever train you want - there are no seat reservations.
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Old Jan 28th, 2003, 02:37 PM
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Is figuring out which train to take fairly easy (not just from Amsterdam to Brussels but around both cities)?
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Old Jan 28th, 2003, 04:50 PM
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I apologize for the error! Gosh, that was not good of me. Brussel-Centraal is underground and the exit is not far from the Royal Palace. Brussel-Noord is a working class neighborhood pretty much -- you can see some of the prostitutes from their windows. You don't need to be in the north part of Brussels. You'll want to get out at Brussel-Centraal. Sorry for the confusion. Bruxelles Midi is above ground in an equally uninspiring location.
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Watch out for the trains in the Netherlands! <BR>Sorry I have to say this, Aad, but you'll have to admit... the trains are (almost) never on time!<BR>In Belgium they are.<BR><BR><BR><BR>
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Old Jan 28th, 2003, 11:22 PM
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Pip, you can check the trains at<BR>www.ns.nl (Dutch National Railways)<BR>and choose English.<BR>You can print out a complete schedule, including times, stations, amenities on the train, etc. By choosing a specific date you'll get the trains that run on a specific day (schedules are different on the weekends, for instance). In Amsterdam, just look at the huge blue board in the main hall of the station and you'll see the departure time, the destination, the track, and the type of train (i.e. Intercity). It's easy; don't worry! If you're travelling during rush hour you might want to get a first-class ticket.
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Old Jan 30th, 2003, 01:21 AM
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pip,<BR><BR>as you can read from martinewezel's remarks,<BR>your departure from Amsterdam might be delayed, but you will certainly arrive in Brussels exactly on schedule!
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I would like to go to Brugge from Amsterdam so at which station do I need to change in Brussels?
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Travelling from Brugge to Amsterdam you will need to change at Antwerpen-Berchem. There is also a route where you have to change twice (Gent-St. Pieters AND Antwerpen-Berchem) so be careful! You can leave Brugge at 15:05, change at A-Berchem for the 16:31, and arrive in Amsterdam at 18:39. The same timing works for any hour, e.g. 10:05, 11:05, etc.
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Old Jan 30th, 2003, 04:34 AM
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Thanks for all of the great info. Starting to feel a little better about getting around. Printed a schedule and now I am ready. Thanks!!!
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