De Koning van Spanje

Korte Nieuwstraat 12, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
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Train or airplane to milan?

by Bashir-1

I might go from Antwerp to milan. I saw Brussels airlines will take only 1:15.

I tried to see the train connection, but I saw only long duration of about 13 hours .... ooops Is there fast train connection, probably I could not find?

Re: Train or airplane to milan?

by 1W1V

flights with snba depart from Brussels/Zaventem Airport.
So you need a train from Antwerp to the airport where you can then catch up a flight to Milan.

try : www.b-rail.be


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Re: Train or airplane to milan?

by K_V_B

13 hours is about the fastest. Don't forget that Milan isn't exactly near Antwerp...

Re: Train or airplane to milan?

by qaminari

It's 432.86 miles/696.61 km from Brussels to Milan. The fastest train connection I can find from Brussels - to which you would have to add at least 45 minutes for Antwerp - is 11h32, but this is with changes in Tournai, Lille-Flandre, Paris (arriving at Paris-Nord, departing Paris-Est) and Zurich!
The fastest trains from Paris-Lyon to Milan take nearly 7 hours (e.g. dep. 08:04, arr. 14:50), you can also go from Paris-Est to Zurich (4h34, e.g. dep. 08:24 arr. 12:58) and change there for Milan (3h31, e.g. dep. 13:09 arr. 16:42), taking a total of 8h18. However it may actually be more convenient to take a slightly longer train overnight, taking 9 hours from Paris-Bercy (dep. 20:28, arr. 05:38).
Brussels to Paris only takes 1h22 on Thalys, to Gare du Nord. Gare de l'Est is close by but if you were leaving from Gare de Lyon or Bercy you would have to cross the city. Of course if you wanted to include Paris in your trip, it could be convenient to stay there on the way.
Otherwise, it is definitely easier to fly, and from Brussels Airport, which runs a shuttle bus to Antwerp. You can also fly Ryanair from Charleroi Airport to Bergamo (Orio al Serio), but then of course you would have to take into account transfer times at both ends: the coach from Bruxelles-Midi to Charleroi Airport takes about 45 minutes and the one from Orio al Serio to Milano Centrale about 1 hour.

Re: Train or airplane to milan?

by Bashir-1

It is obvious now that airplane is much better. The best route is to drive from Antwerp to Brussels airport, then get a direct flight to Bergamo either by Alitalia OR Brussels airline. My destination is Bergamo itself, so I will not need to drive to Milan.

The flight takes 1 hour & 45 minutes. Isn't it much better?

Thanks Lyn for the details.

Travel Tips for Antwerp

You are pretty likely to...

by JonAdam

You are pretty likely to arrive in Antwerp by train. If you do, first have a look at the beautiful Central Station before stepping outside. You will get right out to Koningin Astrid Plein (a pretty square with the entrance to the zoo). If you leave the station to the right you get into a street called de Keyserlei. This street brings you right down to the major shopping street (called Meir). By following Meir you will eventually reach Grand Bazar Shopping Center and on the other side of this building you'll find a big square called Groen plaats. From there it's close to the impressive cathedral (Onze Lieve Vrouwe Katedraal), Grote Markt (the old square with the beautiful city hall) and also the river Schelde. Don't miss the old town with the narrow streets around Hendrik Conscience square. The baroque church Carlous Borromeus kerk and the library building on the square are both very impressive buildings.

A LITTLE PLAN AND THE ADDRESS.....

by eden_teuling

to easily find the QUINTEN MATSIJS.

There are so many marvellous pubs, inns and restaurants in Antwerp, also in sweetly hidden places and narrow streets where steps lead down to the cellars with their vaults and where candles are the only source of atmospheric light....

Antwerp being only a 1 hour's drive from my place I often visit that nice city.

It is easier to reach for me than our own Capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, which BTW now is the most important City of Diamonds....sorry Antwerp! But never forget that I love you!

Along the Schelde

by Imaniac

When you're in Antwerp you almost have to take a walk along the Schelde. It's the major river that runs through Antwerp. Besides the river banks you'll also find some nice buildings here like The Steen Castle. If you're in Antwerp by night this will make a lovely picture.

.. the result...

by Norali

After renovation and some changes in functionality (sometimes), this can be the result... This is located in the summer fair area, edged by the impressive Zuidpershuis. Of course, the fair wouldn't be a landmark in summer. :)

It was, amongst others, while seeing those coloured renovated townhouses that I fell in love with the city. Dunno why.. found them nice and clean.

But once again, I guess the prices soared so much that the persons who used to live there (when the buildings were old ad ugly) can't afford either the price of the partments in there either the monthly rate. That's the problem with renovated urban areas of nowadays. Renovations just push the poor inhabitants to older and uglier areas whilst yuppies are replacing the renovated houses, paying the high rates. That, in return, contributes in the housing skyrocketing in those areas.

At Meir 85, almost the...

by irisbe

At Meir 85, almost the opposite side of the Wapper you can see the beautiful front of the Osterrieth House On working days, the door is open and you can have a glance in the nice hall and the attached rooms (bank).
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