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Cost of intercity train tickets from Brussels to Amsterdam?

Old May 31st, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Cost of intercity train tickets from Brussels to Amsterdam?

I may be retarded today, but I can't seem to find prices for these either on the Netherlands or Belgium train sites. I can find schedules but no prices. Does anyone know where I can find this info or know about how much the tickets will cost each way?
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Old May 31st, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Go to http://www.thalys.com/be/en/ for time and fare. Normal one-way 2nd class fare is 46.50 euro on Thalys. There are also cheaper intercity trains on this route, and the fare is around 35 euro. You can get a cheaper Thalys fare by booking last minute online and sacrificing flexibility. It can be up to 50% cheaper.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 04:45 PM
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Thanks, I can easily find the Thalys information but I want the cheaper IC train that I don't have to make reservations for, as I'd like to keep our schedule a bit flexible. 35 euro sounds doable, only slightly more than the Thalys smily (sp?) fares.
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There is an online sales option on the b-rail.be web site, but it can be REALLY slow.
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You can find the information for the non-Thalys trains at the website noted above -- I just did it. I think it said Corail instead of Thalys. I just rode from Amsterdam to Brussels on the Corail, but I chose first class. I'm sure second class is fine, just more people. I wanted to be able to stretch out with two seats, that I got. The price is about 35 euros for second class (at least for the date I typed in). The Thalys was about 45 euros for the same date in second class.

I bought my ticket at the Amsterdam train station the night prior to the trip. You can buy online if you can catch a sale; otherwise, buy your ticket there. Do a search on MorganB and you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to buy online and print out your own ticket.
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Full fare one way is €34.4 on the ICs with no reservations.

Found this on b-rail.be.
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Old Jun 1st, 2007, 12:05 AM
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Between Amsterdam and Brussels the Thalys uses the same old track and takes the same time as the International Express. The International stops at all three Brussels stations and does not require a reservation, while Thalys only stops at Midi/Zuid. When buying a Thalys ticket for this route make sure the quoted price includes the cost of the required reservation.
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The Thalys price always include reservations. And it's 17 minutes faster, mainly because it doesn't go into the dead-end Antwerp Central.

The seats are also more comfortable.
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Old Jun 1st, 2007, 07:05 AM
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The Intercity trains are cheaper and more frequent, but take slightly longer (three hours against two hours 40 minutes). You just buy a ticket at the station and get on the next train. I can't understand why anyone would want to take a Thalys train for this journey.
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