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First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

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First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

We are first-time travelers to Brussels, planning to come in mid-April, and would like to plan a day-trip to see the flowers at Keukenhof, Lisse. Would anyone be able to suggest transportation, please? We will not have a car. Very confused on getting around. I will probably have more questions as we are planning this all out. Thank you for any information you can provide! Coming from USA.

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1. Re: First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

From http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/route/ you can see where buses run from to Keukenhof (Schiphol, the Hague, Leiden..). If you have any queries about that, the place to ask would be in the forum for the Netherlands.

Of those, only Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) is still a stop on the Brussels-Amsterdam train, so you would start by taking high-speed Thalys or Fyra from Bruxelles-Midi. These take 1h32/1h48 respectively to Schiphol, e.g. on weekdays, dep. 07:52 arr. 09:24 (THA) or dep. 08:16 arr. 10:04 (FYR). You can check train times and prices on http://www.b-europe.com/Travel

Fyra costs €24/€39/€52 one way (no-flex, semi-flex, full-flex), and they claim that each of these prices should be available even if you leave it till April to buy tickets; while Thalys costs €29/€45/€55/€69/€79 one way depending on when you book (cheapest tickets can sell out shortly after they go on sale 3 months before departure) and for which departure (time), as some are more popular/in demand than others. Return price is obviously the sum of outgoing plus return price, as you can select different types of train in each direction.

Edited: 09 December 2012, 14:50
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2. Re: First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

As noted, Keukenhof is usually a daytrip for people in Amsterdam, or Leiden or Haarlem. If you had a car, you could also consider the morning flower auction at Aalsmeer-it's indoors, but outstanding. Both those events have bus/train outings from Amsterdam. I don't mean to discourage you, but it's just not ideal to do from Brussels. Although we loved Keukenhof in 2012, have you considered some public gardens in Belgium?

When you go over to the Netherlands forum, you'll find much speculation and calculation about week, weather and maximum blooms. I'd simply say don't go the first week or the last week, but no one can predict the weather three to six months in advance!

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3. Re: First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

Thank you! Maybe you are right, too much to try to do in 1 day from Brussels..... Thanks for your input!!!

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4. Re: First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

I lived in Maastricht, Netherlands which is about as south as Brussels is (where I now live) and found it hard to make that into a day trip. It's better to do that on a weekend or turn it into an over-nighter.

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5. Re: First-Timers, Day Trip to Keukenhof

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