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Alexandra from Los Angeles asked

Trains to use for Belgium>Antwerp>Brussels>Paris>London

I'm using Thalys for Belgium to Antwerp. I'm guessing a local train is the best way to take a day trip to Brussels from Antwerp. What train should I use to travel from Brussels to Paris and Paris to London? 

Thanks in advance!

Amsterdam   Brussels   Antwerp   Paris   London

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Antoine from Ħal Balzan, Malta

You're right - local trains travel from Antwerp to Brussels. There are express trains and standard ones that stop at every station between Antwerp and Brussels so I would advise the former.

For Brussels-Paris, take the Thalys.

For Brussels-London, the Eurostar is the only option.

Also, you may want to check out my guide to the Brussels South station - also know as Brussels Midi - (which is where you catch the international trains: http://www.unexpectedtraveller.com/Blog/the-unexpected-guide-to-gare-du-midi/) and to London's St Pancras station (which is were the Eurostar arrives: http://www.unexpectedtraveller.com/Blog/the-unexpected-guide-to-the-eurostar-terminals/)


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Michael from Chicago

Thalys will take you all the way from Paris to Amsterdam and stops several places in Belgium. 

Paris to London you can get on at the 'Gare du Nord Paris' in Paris and will take you to St Pancras in London via the Channel tunnel.

Eurorail.com will help you and when you get to Paris use an app you can download here. RATP (Paris Metro App) great useful help on an app that works on IOS and Droid. London Tube App is also good when in London.


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Alexandra
Thanks for your help!
 
 
 

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Damian from Rosario

Hi!
To go to London should go directly taking the Eurostar from Brussels.

From Amsterdam you take a Eurail to Brussels.

From Brussels use the Eurostar to London


If you want to go to Paris and then to London, you should take a Eurail to go to Paris and the Eurostar for London. But I do not agree because Paris is many miles south.
The Eurostar is costly, both in Paris and in Brussels, well see prices of airline tickets.

Anyway I leave a website where you can purchase tickets.

http://www.raileurope.com/us/point_to_point/ptp_results.htm?execution=e1s1&resultId=93647904&cobrand=public&saleCountry=us&resultId=93647904&cobrand=public&saleCountry=us&rows=&itemId=-1&fn=fsRequest&cobrand=public&c=USD&roundtrip=0&from1=&to1=&v=&isAtocRequest=0&georequest=1&lang=en&route-type=0&from0=Brussels,%20Belgium%20%28BRU%29&to0=London,%20Britain%20%28LON%29&deptDate0=08/07/2014&time0=8&pass-question-radio=1&p=0&nA=1&nY=0&nC=0&nS=0


Anything, ask me.
Good luck!
Damian


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Liza from Paris

Hey!

The best is to take the Thalys train from Brussels to Paris. You can book it there: https://www.thalys.com/fr/en/offers-and-fares?gclid=CPOOoq_6hsACFcsBwwod-ZcA4Q&xts=475592&xtor=SEC-3539&xtdt=23460231

And from Paris to London, you should take the Eurostar. You can book there: http://www.eurostar.com/us-en

Be careful for London, you might need a Visa, and for sure you need to be in the train station like 1 hour in advance to go through security checks.

Enjoy your trip!!

Liza


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Alexandra
so good to know! I checked and don't need a visa, phew :)
 
 
 

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Pierre from Brussels

You should use the regular SNCB train from Brussels to Antwert, it's very convinient and very close by (30 min). From Brussels to Paris there is the Thalys leaving from Gare Du Midi and from Paris to London  you should use the Eurostar train (from Gare du Nord Paris).


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Piet from Villers-Perwin, Hainaut, Belgium

Simple... use the Thalys from Brussels to Paris and use the Eurostar from brussels to London!


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Steve

Book everything at capitainetrain.com RailEurope.com and Eurail passes are terribly expensive.

Read more at Seat 61: Trains departing from Amsterdam


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Chris from London

There's a great website called Man In Seat 61 http://www.seat61.com/ Really good travel advice on trains around Europe.


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