London to Brussels

Old Dec 27th, 2000, 11:32 AM
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London to Brussels

I am looking into my next vacation and I know that you can take the chunnel from London to Paris, but I have also heard that you can take it to Brussels. Does anyone know where the train leaves from in London and where it arrives in Belgium? I have heard two different stories, one takes you all the way to Brussels the other only takes you as far as Brugges. I would be happy with either. I checked RailEurope and the site said it goes to Brussels, and it gave many different prices. Has anyone taken this trip? What does a seond class one way ticket cost? Although cost is not a major concern, would a flight be better? Any help is appreciated! Thank you.
Old Dec 27th, 2000, 12:01 PM
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Hi Mitch!!!

I took the Eurostar from Brussels to Lille <<France>> about seven months ago. It only took 47 minutes!!! It then goes on to London.

Old Dec 27th, 2000, 12:15 PM
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Waterloo station in London for all Eurostar. You may or may not stop at Lille - depends on the schedule. About 3 hours; you arrive at the Brussels Midi/Zuid station. Prices are about the same as London<>Paris. Check the websites for prices: <-this often has fare specials, but can only be bought in Britain..... for U.S. tickets

fares vary for day of week, weekend, age, etc. Each site gives the details.
Old Dec 27th, 2000, 12:29 PM
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Thanks Elvira. I will look into Eurostar!
Old Dec 27th, 2000, 12:52 PM
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The London Brussels service on Eurostar beats the bejeezus out of flying, although the boarding area chaos at Waterloo (on busy days) would give O'Hare on Thanksgiving eve a run for its money.
Unfortunately, the wizards of pricing at Eurostar have taken a page from their airline competitors and made casual, one-way travel a fiscally punishing experience. Many people (like us) end up buying round trip excursion tickets and ditching the return portion unless you need to return to Britain for onward flights, etc. Still, I think Eurostar is a hoot, mainly for the non-event nature of the trip. Zip across Kent, dark for 20 minutes, light again except the cars are on the other side of the road. Not even enough time to wait in line for hellishly overpriced beer. Take that, Napoleon.
Second class is fine. Baggage handling on busy trips is a pain.

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