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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2017
Brugge, Ghent or Brussels?  (9 Answers)

We will be visiting Amsterdam Nov 25 till Dec 3. That is 8 nights. I think 4 nights in Amsterdam will do and thinking of doing the other 4 in Belgium since it's easy to get to by train. Am interested in Brugge. But perhaps just 2 nights there? Any other place in Belgium? Ghent or Brussels?

Would they all be too similar (canals and more canals)? Really need your input..

Tq, Mel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2016
What is interesting about Ukraine?  (6 Answers)

We would like to travel with friends in Kiev. Who knows a good guide, please write in comments. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2016
Doubts Regarding Visa and Return Flight  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone! I'm planning to go to Belgium as a volunteer for six months with a long-stay visa. After finishing my job I would like to travel in Eastern Europe for two months. My question is whether I'm allowed to get a Schengen Travel Visa after my work visa expires, or if I have to leave the zone immediately? I've read on other sites that it can be possible to leave the area for a few days and then enter again, so it would be possible to travel for 90 days. What is the truth?

My other doubt is regarding my return flight. Since I'm planning to stay for eight months in Europe I think that a cheap return flight could be difficult to find such in advance. Is it possible to buy the ticket once I'm there or does people entering Belgium require to have a return flight?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2016
Brussels to Namur  (16 Answers)

We will be staying at Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace. This is near Gare du Nord. We wish to travel by train to Namur. Will we be able to board train at Gare du Nord and travel to Namur without changing trains? If not, which train station should we depart from? Also, will we be able to buy tickets from a Machine? We are both over 65 and have never travelled by train in Belgium. Do we need to validate the ticket in a machine like France or write something on the back? I have spent much time looking at the NMBS/SNCB website and still confused. In other countries I have been assisted by helpful people at the station. I would like to be better prepared this time. Any tips or suggestions will be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2016
airport shuttle to and from airport or taxi?  (2 Answers)

going next year to Brussels, what would you say is the best commute to my hotel from the airport and back, my hotel is near the Mannekin Pis and there are 3 of us, so considering we have 3 luggage's, thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2016
Local prepaid phones, SIM cards, travel pass?  (2 Answers)

I will be in Belgium and the Netherlands for 2.5 weeks. All I'd like to be able to do is text travelling companions (also Canadians) in the event that we get separated. A travel pass for CAD 60 to my Bell Mobility plan would give unlimited calling and texting for a month. I found this: and am wondering if that would be the best option. I'm not sure if my Samsung Galaxy is "unlocked" ~ how can I tell?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2016
Belguim decorative mirrors  (1 Answer)

Where do find decorative mirrors on sale in Belguim. IN india they say it is importedfrom Belguim

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2016

I have been to Brugge before and will be returning later this year. This time I would love to explore the coastal towns with the Kusttram. I cannot decide if it will be better to stay in Brugge again and go on daily outings to the different coastal towns, or rather travel and stay at different places as I explore the coastline. Accomodation in Zeebrugge looks more expensive than some of the other towns. Can anyone maybe recommend B & B's in this area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2016
Trappist breweries and others - itinerry input requested  (6 Answers)

My wife and I are traveling to the Netherlands and Belgium this summer. We will rent a car to drive around, so we will not be able to sample beer during the day. I use my credit card to cover the CDW on the rental and there is a 0 tolerance clause with using it.

Our goal is to see the country, the major cities, and a good selection of Trappist and other breweries as possible. Figure 2 weeks just in Belgium, including Brussels.

Now comes the hard part. How to generate an itinerary such that we can see as many Trappist breweries, and others as possible and sample the beer.

So we need to find accommodations near these places, and limit them to possibly one per day.

Any and all input on breweries to see, and places to say nearby (that is within walking distance, say max of 2 km.) would be helpful.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
Bruges and Ghent  (15 Answers)

We have only 1 day to spare for a day trip outside Brussels. Is it possible to do both Bruges and Ghent in a period of about 5-6 hours or is it better to do just Bruges? Would appreciate your input, will be using the train .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
Senior Rail Travel Belgium  (2 Answers)

Are the Senior Ticket rates available to tourists who are over 65 ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2015
kortrijk to bruge  (11 Answers)

hi my son will stay in Kortrijk,vlaams gewest
for 5 nights he has to join us daily &back night to Kortrijk
is it possible ,how much cost by public transport to reach bruge ,is a certain formula to save
time needed

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2015
belgium airport  (52 Answers)

hi is there direct traiun from airport to bruges or Antwerp

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2015
5nights in belgium  (24 Answers)

hi I am planning to vist brugge,i have 5 nights ,any recommendations what cities other than bruge to visit ,I donot want bruxxels ,I visited it ,can I stay in bruges &move to other cities &back at night or better to move,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2015
Host family in London  (1 Answer)

Hi everybody,

I’m a belgian student and I’m 21 years old. I’m starting a master in human ressource and after that I plan to stay in London for one year. Indeed I would like improve my english. I need to find a host family located downtown. I would prefer a family with chlidren because I’m able to give a french lesson to them. If there is any opportunity around september 2018, please contact me.

Thank you in advance for reply

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2015
Where to stay  (3 Answers)

We are first time travelers to Belgium this summer and want to know the best place to stay to see the most important sights? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
Renting a trekking bike near Antwerp  (5 Answers)

Hi folks, me and my boyfriend are planning a trip to Flanders in June. We want to visit Brussels, Ghent and Bruges, but we also want to go on a bike tour for 1 or 2 weeks. Where can we rent decent trekking bikes (including bags) preferably near Antwerp?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2015
Charming Places in Belgium  (18 Answers)

Hello everyone,

My parents will be visiting me soon in Belgium and they want me to take them to cute and charming little cities/villages to visit. They've seen all the major ones like Brouge, Gent, Antwerp, Leuven, Durbuy, Brussels, etc. Quite frankly I'm running out of places to take them :-D

So I turn to my trusted VirtualTourist friends for help! I want my parents to have a memorable stay in Belgium as usual so all suggestions are welcome! We have a car and prepared to drive up to 3 hours each way if necessary.

Thanks in advance for all your recommendations.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2015
Belgium 10-journey passes  (13 Answers)

I'm intending on purchasing a 2nd class, 10-journey pass that that The husband and I can share during our 8 days in the country, and which will cover us for just about everywhere we're going (math works). A couple of questions:

One of our journeys involves a 6-minute change in Leuven (platform 8 to platform 3). Can we make it? If for some reason we can't, can we just take the next train as long as the final destination/type of train is the same? The instructions (which aren't exactly explicit) notes that if a mistake is made, don't cross it out - fill out the next lines - but we'll be out of space on the pass at that point.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2015
travel pass or buy 10 tickets for short/long trip?  (7 Answers)

I am still not sure which is worth it. I heard about the 10 trips for 76 Euro. but does it mean for example if I am going to bruge and stop by another city on the way, then I will have use 6 tickets for 2 people? for that day?

there is also short trip 10 tickets for a price I remembered. does it only include bus trips in Brussels or anywhere in Belgium?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2015
tips - ideas  (6 Answers)


We will be travelling to Belgium as part of our UK/Europe holiday in April. We will hire a car at Lille for 4 days and have booked accommodation in Yvpres. We will be arriving at Lille by Eurostar from London. (Should we book the Eurostar return ticket before we leave Australia or is it ok just to arrive at station and book). Preceding our Belgium visit we are on a cruise from Rome sailing into Anzac Cove on the morning of Anzac Day and spending two full days in the area.

When we return to London from Belgium we have five days free, we will hire a car and thought we may head to the South Coast

We have planned and organised the entire trip ourselves from internet and research and hope to fit in as much as we can but also want to enjoy everything and not just go, go, go. My husband is 69 and I am 66 and reasonably fit.

Any advice/tips/ideas of any kind would be extremely welcome.

Safe travels

Ray & Lynne

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
Traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne  (1 Answer)

We ( two college- age kids and their parents) will be driving from Amsterdam to Cologne in May and am wondering if there are any ' off the beaten path ' towns worthwhile to stop at?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
where I must stop and check out?  (26 Answers)

right now I am thinking: Antwerp, bruges, ghant, Brussels, mons and Liege
Namur and Bastogne a maybe? will I be able to stop on the way to Luxembourg?
is Mechelen a must or a maybe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2015
tulip gardens?  (3 Answers)

Are there any tulip gardens in Belgium, like Keukenhof in Hlland?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2015
Benelux Train Passes  (18 Answers)

We plan to visit Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in April for about 9-10 days. We are a family of four - 2 adults, 2 youths. We intend to buy 5 day Benelux pass that we intend to use for the following sections:
Day 1: Amsterdam-Hague-Rotterdam-Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam-Brussels
Day 3: Brussels-Bruges-Brussels
Day 4: Brussels-Luxemborg-Namur-Brussels
Day 5: Brussels-Ghent-Antwerp

Questions: 1
1) Any advice on whether this is cost effective compared to buying say 3 day Benelux pass and purchasing local tickets for some of the sectors around Brussels. The sites are really confusing with Thalys prices showing up everywhere.

2) I assume there are local train options i.e. benelux available that we can use for the itinerary above

3) As I see it, for Benelux second class pass, there is no reservations needed - Is that true?

4) Do we just grab any seats that are available? What if we reach the train station and the train is full? Does that happen often?

Thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2015
Brussels-Paris?  (3 Answers)

Is Thalys the only train to run Brussels-Paris. Are there other options for people who are prepared to travel a bit slower, but not pay so much (59 euros one way!). But please note: I don;t want to go on the bus. Thank you, Stefan

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2014
What to do in the centre of Ostend for free ??  (3 Answers)

spending a day tomorrow in Ostend from a ferry trip. any suggestions of what to do in the centre that's free (excluding browsing the shops) ??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2014
Senior rail ticket  (3 Answers)

My question is about the senior rail ticket. Do i need a rail pass or passport to buy one at a station ticket office ? Do i just walk up and purchase after 9 am., also can i buy the day before use.?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2014
Tomarrowland  (2 Answers)

How to go to Tomarrowland from Sri lanka????

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2014
Travel from Brussels to and from Bastogne and time to allow for visiting museums in Bastogne  (3 Answers)

As an airline employee with only a 54 hour layover in Brussels, I need to ask the best route to get to see the places my Father talked about so much when he was fighting with the 101st Airborne Division. I cannot determine train schedules and ask all those with information to give me your best suggestions to use the one full day I have in the best way. Also welcome any suggestions re seeing Brussels and maybe Ghent.

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