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What is the shortest train to get from Paris to Oostende and then on to Niewport?
(the French railway website, in French) lists trains taking 2h 53min between Paris Nord and Ostend, with a change at Brussels Midi station. One-way fare varies according to departure time.
Can't help with the Ostend>Nieuwpoort segment, sorry.
From Ostend to Nieuwport you can take the Kusttram(Coasttram), it takes approx. 40 minutes to get to Nieuwpoort and it is a nice ride.
If you stay longer I advice to buy a 3 or 5daycard so that you can travel very cheap with the tram during your stay.
Have a nice time at the Belgian coast.
If Nieuwpoort is the final destination there are other options. You don't need to go via Oostende.
Cheapest option is probably:
- Take the TGV Paris - Dunkerque. There are several a day, depending on if it's a weekday or a weekend.
- In Dunkerque take the bus to De Panne in Belgium:
In De Panne you change for the coastal tramway.
For 7,50 they sell you a ticket that is also valid on the coastal tramway in Belgium, so you can reach any Coastal resort town easily. The coastal tramway runs every 10 minutes in summer...