It is possible to buy tickets online. You pay them with a credit card and supply your email address through which you will get the link to print the tickets at home. You could then mail these home-printed tickets to your brother as a Xmas present. Note that online tickets are only valid for a specific day, so you will need to know what day they will be able to travel.
I really have no idea whether buying online works from outside Belgium.
Thank you very much.
Go to RailEurope.com and it is easy and safe to buy tickets. It is NOT true that you can only buy Brussels-Brugge tickets for a specific day....The dates are open, although they do expire in a few months.
If you do the home-print from the Belgian Railways' website, it IS TRUE that you can only buy tickets for a specific day. Hey, I do this all the time when I have to go to Brussels. I really know what I'm talking about!
Check the other post regarding the price of tickets at raileurope.com!! Go ahead if you want to be ripped off.
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