Antwerp to London by Rail

Jan 2nd, 2004, 04:58 AM
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Antwerp to London by Rail

My child will be in Antwerp in May 2004 attending a class at the University of Antwerp. She wants to visit London and will go by rail (one way) during a weekday. She will stay in London for a week and depart for the US from London.
What is the best fare that she could purchase and what train station will she arrive at in London? Thanks to all for your help.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 05:24 AM
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Train to Brussels, Eurostar to Waterloo International will be the fastest. For fares you should go to site and choose Belgium as place of residence. You may find it cheaper to book a r/t and not use the return half.
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Jan 6th, 2004, 04:35 AM
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Why going by rail? Ryan Air has great ( and super cheap ) flights to London. Check at Good luck
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Jan 6th, 2004, 04:48 AM
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Would there be any problems with luggage restrictions if she flew rather than traveled by rail?
Jan 6th, 2004, 04:50 AM
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Lots of reasons to go by rail:
1. going from center of one city to center of another.
2. ease of buying a one-way ticket (you can throw away half of a discount R/T Eurostar fare with no repercussions...airlines definitely frown on that procedure).
3. ease of getting from Antwerp to Brussels Midi/Zuid where the Eurostar train leaves from. For Ryanair, she has catch a bus to Charleroi then go through check-in, hope the flight isn't delayed, pick up her luggage (and hope it isn't mishandled), then get into London. How is that easier than taking the train?
4. Less stressful--the ride on Eurostar is pretty relaxing, certainly more relaxing and less palaver than flying these days.

A Belgian newsmag has tested how long it would take to get from point A in Belgium to point B in London via various modes of transport (ferry, train, Ryanair, other airline). In the end, Ryanair took about the same time from point a to point b as taking Eurostar.
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Jan 6th, 2004, 08:15 AM
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Thanks to all for your comments. She will be traveling light. We chose rail, because my wife and I will be meeting her in London at the train station which is close to where we will be staying.
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