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xxx Dec 28th, 2002 09:46 PM

How do I get the cheap fare on Thalys Paris-Brussels?
 
This may be repetitious (buried in the replies of another post) but I am trying to find the cheapest fare for a one-way ticket from Paris to Brussels in February. <BR>I am getting quoted 63.50 EUR and have been told that the ticket should actually only be about 23.50-31.50 EUR (non-refundable/non-exchangeable). This is supposedly found by using the &quot;fare wizard&quot; as posted by one of the people on this forum. I don't see any of this and keep getting the same #s. I don't want to get ripped off, so please let me know if I am missing something here. I am accessing the site at www.thalys.com<BR>Thanks!

Ira Dec 29th, 2002 09:45 AM

Hi<BR> I tried at www.sncf.com (The French railroad site) and the price for the Thalys train 2nd cl is 63.50 E. (1 1/2 hr ride)<BR> The fare from Paris to Lille Flandres on the TGV is 31.00 E. (1 hr) You then have to take a local train into Brussels at a fare of 20.30 E. (2 hr ride)

Tom Dec 29th, 2002 09:50 AM

The fare shown on www.railsaver.com is 46 euro, so it does make you wonder if there are discounts available for tickets bought ahead of time, non-refundable etc.<BR>

Ira Dec 29th, 2002 10:11 AM

Tom wrote<BR>&gt;The fare shown on www.railsaver.com is 46 euro, ...&lt;<BR> I fear that this is not the Thalys train. It is the TGV to Lille with changes to Brussels.<BR> It is cheaper than the SNCF price, but you have to pay handling charges.<BR><BR>

BTilke Dec 29th, 2002 11:12 AM

I haven't come across one way tickets for 23.50 and I've taken the Thalys dozens of times. The cheapest ticket I know of is the &quot;mini&quot; 2nd class ticket. in the $50 range. It's actually a round trip price, but the Thalys people don't care if you don't make the return trip (they may care in theory, but the reality is it doesn't make any difference). <BR>If your budget is really tight, take the bus--Eurolines is considerably cheaper than the Thalys (but not as comfortable and the trip takes longer).


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