Cost of Train to Brussels from France

Old Mar 15th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Cost of Train to Brussels from France

Hi everyone.....I am going to be taking a day trip to Brussels from Paris in May, and on the raileurope.com site a second class fare for youths (i am 23)is about $150USD....but I have heard that if you buy directly at the station as opposed to online it can be cheaper, and you can buy non-refundable tickets for less??? Does anyone know if this is true?? Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old Mar 15th, 2006, 05:12 PM
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Well, that's a ridiculous fare and I don't think you can do any worse by waiting. The problem is that some of the lowest fares require you to purchase the ticket in Europe in advance. Is there a chance you can get your hotel to help out with this so you can get Smilys fare? (See www.thalys.com and enter your dates/times to see what I mean). Others here may have better suggestions.
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You can get all this information and more from 'The Man in Seat 61' on www.seat61.com
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Check out the Thalys website (www.thalys.com). For May you can buy tickets as low as 24.50 euro one-way (Smileys tickets - check out the restrictions!). Even a regular Mezzo+ or Mezzo ticket will only cost you respectively 41 or 56 euro one-way.
You can order online and pick up your tickets in Paris. Thalys trains leave from Gare du Nord and go straight to Brussels Midi in only 1 hr 25 min.
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<b>Don't</b> buy the ticket from RailEurope or from any other agency..reserve it online if you can and an advance purchase will save or after you get there...you'll save plenty.
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aucho, just curious, but where did you get the $150??? Even on the Raileurope site a second class youth fair, one way is $48US.
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 11:45 AM
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Hi Guys,

Thanks so much for all the greay help!! The fair on raileurope.om that I was looking at was for a 2 way ticket and it quoted me 75$each way....maybe i was doing something wrong?? Anyhow....after looking into all your advice I think I am going to wait until I arrive in Paris to book the ticket!! Thanks again so much!
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you might want to wait closer until your trip, but you have to book as soon as possible in advance to get cheapest rates, as these get more easily sold out.. indeed, easiest is to book via the thalys website
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