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Train from BRU Airport to Brugge - Must I change trains?

Train from BRU Airport to Brugge - Must I change trains?

Feb 18th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Train from BRU Airport to Brugge - Must I change trains?


Arriving in BRU 25 May and going straight to Brugge, it appears from the schedule I downloaded from the Belgian Rail site that we must change trains in Brussels Nord (or another Brussels station).

Example (all seem to be like this):

Dep 8.36 Airport IR 3730 Arr 8.51 Bruxelles-Nord [B]
(change trains at Bruxelles-Nord)
Dep 8.56 IC 530 Arr Brugge 10.02

However, I am getting vibes on some other message boards that you can go direct without a change. I don't see it.

Can someone give me the definitive answer?

ssander is offline  
Feb 18th, 2010, 06:30 PM
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There is no direct line from Brussels Airport to Brugge, you must change trains at one of three stations in Brussels.

I'll never forget the response I got from the ticket agent at the airport after asking which Brussels station we should utilize for the transfer - in perfect, and drippingly sarcastic English - "whichever one you like best."
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Feb 18th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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yk is offline  
Mar 11th, 2010, 06:07 PM
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How about the other way, ie to Louvain/Liege from airport? Also only via Gare Central/Midi or Nord? Anybody know?
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Mar 11th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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Yes, someone knows. The train company and they make it really clear on the website.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 09:34 PM
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Out of personal preference, I'd change at Midi/Zuid.
Central is an underground station and feels quite cramped. Nord is okay. But if you need to kill an half hour wait, I find Midi/Zuid the best because of the many cafes or (mostly fast food) eateries in the station.

Louvain/Leuven is with direct trains from the airport.
Liège is in Eastern Belgium, so you change at Bruxelles-NORD.

What you should keep in mind is that trains run very frequently in Belgium. Most lines have 2 trains per hour. So there is no need to obsess about making certain connections. Just take the next train that is available.
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Mar 12th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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LSky, you're a great help, thanks for nothin'.
Cowboy you have the right approach, a real answer. Thanks a lot. Sincerely. Friends told me about getting on train at airport, transferring to Gare du Nord, passing airport AGAIN on their way east. Why must one go west to go east ... oh, yes it is Belgium.
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Mar 13th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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You can take a train from the airport directly to Gent, change there to Brugge. We just did this in Jan. Gent is much less hectic then the stations in Brussels.
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