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Train travel within Belgium and France

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Train travel within Belgium and France

Hello,

We are travelling to Belgium and France this weekend, and we are trying to work out the cost of our rail travel with the following itinerary:

Brussels Airport - Bruges,

Bruges - Lille,

Lille - Ghent,

Ghent - Brussels Airport.

It is unclear how much the journey from Bruges to Lille will cost, and we don't know if this trip would be covered under the rail pass. In addition, taking into account the airport surcharge, can you advise would it be cheaper to share the Rail Pass between the two of us for the four journeys, or should we just buy individual tickets for each journey?

thanks!

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1. Re: Train travel within Belgium and France

The Belgian Railways Rail Pass applies only to trips within Belgium, so you can't use it to or from Lille in France. Prices for these trips using individual tickets would be:

1. BRU - Brugge: €19.60 x 2 = €39.20

2. Brugge- Lille-Flandres (using cheapest trains): €18.40 x 2 = €36.80

3. Lille-Flandres - Ghent (ditto): €16.60 x 2 = €33.20,

4. Gent St. Pieters - BRU: €14.40 x 2 = €28.80

TOTAL for 4 domestic + 4 international trips = €138 (if my calculations are correct, you had better check!).

Incidentally this is assuming that you purchase Brugge-Lille tickets online, because if you buy them at a Belgian station you will pay an administrative fee of €3.50 - per purchase, not per ticket.

You can, however, use Rail Pass as far as MOUSCRON (last Belgian station before Lille), and buy (again, preferably online, for trip 2) international tickets Mouscron-Lille/Lille-Mouscron for €5.80. You don't have to get off the train, you just use fill in 1 line (each) of the Rail Pass for Brugge-Mouscron and buy the Mouscron-Lille ticket before departure, presenting the relevant document for the relevant section on the train.

Doing this, cost using a Rail Pass for the 8 domestic trips involved (BRU-Brugge, Brugge-Mouscron, Mouscron-Ghent and Ghent-BRU) would be €76 + 4 x Diabolo supplements @ €4.40 = €17.60 (= 93.60) + 4 international tickets @ €5.80 = €23.20: TOTAL doing it this way = €116.80. Or if you don't buy the Mouscron-Lille ticket online, €120.30.

So yes, it's slightly cheaper using Rail Pass than purchasing individual tickets, even with the Diabolo supplement.

For domestic prices: sefora.b-rail.be/sefora/Sefora/berekenen.do…

For International prices (and purchase): www.b-europe.com/Travel

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2. Re: Train travel within Belgium and France

< Incidentally this is assuming that you purchase Brugge-Lille tickets online, because if you buy them at a Belgian station you will pay an administrative fee of €3.50 - per purchase, not per ticket. >

€3.50 administrative fee is not charged for tickets to places just across the border: Lille, Roosendaal, Maastricht and Aachen

http://www.b-europe.com/~/media/Files/Praktisch/Dossierkosten/BookingFeeExceptionFR.ashx

(page 2: Trains classiques / Trafic transfrontalier)

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3. Re: Train travel within Belgium and France

Thanks so much for the prompt and detailed response.

That's really helpful!

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