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TGV from Brussels to Paris - need reservations?


May 29th, 2002, 10:35 AM
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TGV from Brussels to Paris - need reservations?

I'm flying into Brussels, then taking the TGV to Paris. I have all the info about taking the train from the airport to the train station (Midi). It sounds easy.

Do I need to make an advance reservation, or just walk up and buy a ticket for the next train to Paris?
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May 29th, 2002, 10:46 AM
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It's advisable to have a reservation for the TGV.
Besides, you can easily make it on-line at sncf.fr.
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May 29th, 2002, 10:53 AM
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I am under the impression that one does not ride a TGV train without a seat reservation.
Actually, those trains are Thalys trains, and on the French rail web site, all of the notations I have seen say "Reservation required."
I think it is like an US airliner, you don't get on without a seat assignment.
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May 29th, 2002, 10:54 AM
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Are you taking the Thalys or the TGV? Either way, yes, you need a reservation. You can get a reservation and ticket at the Service Internationale ticket section (the other is service interieur, which is where you buy tickets for destinations in Belgium) in the Gare du Midi.
If it's possible to buy your tickets in advance, do so. If you are arriving on a holiday week-end, the trains could be sold out. Also, the more in advance you buy your tickets, the more likely you are to get a better rate.
I usually take the Thalys first class to Paris and it's very comfortable. There is nothing wrong with second class, but I like the extra room and service and less crowded feel of first class.
P.S. If you arrive in Brussels Airport's new Terminal A, be prepared for a "wow" experience. It is SO much nicer than any terminal I have encountered in Europe!! Everything is sparkling brand new. But be prepared to walk. Although there are moving sidewalks and escalators/elevators throughout, you still feel like you're covering miles.
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May 29th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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Both the TGV and the Thalys go to Brussels to/from France.

I'd reserve in advance -- the TGV was very crowded when I went.

And I'd go first class too -- more room for your bags. Families generally go in 2nd class (families bring more baggage), business people generally go 1st class.
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