Abberdeen Hotel

Rue du Colombier 4, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
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EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by WHTabone

I will be visiting Amsterdam, Brussels, and London with my wife, daughter and her husband. We arrive in Amsterdam August 22nd, travel by train to Brussels August 25th, travel to London (via ferry to Dover) on August 29th, we Depart from London September 4th.

I understand that the British Rail system is not be included on the Rail Pass... Can anyone offer suggestions on what pass would be the best for us. If I understand the pass, we would need a 2 country pass (Netherlands/Belgium and France). It looks like the ferry to dover departs from Calais...if France is included we may be able to make a daytrip to Paris.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by GrumpyDiver

Based on the very limited travel you are planning to do, I suggest that individual point-to-point tickets will be a far better option than any pass. Eurail passes only make sense if you are doing a lot of long-distance travel pretty well every couple of days. What you should look at is a one-way fare from Amsterdam to Brussels and then take the Eurostar train from Brussels to London.

You should look at the cost of the pass and then price out the individual tickets to see what comes out less expensive. Under the itinerary you list, I can't see a pass making sense.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by K_V_B

Don't buy a railpass.

Buy a ticket Amsterdam - Brussel once you're in Amsterdam. Buy Brussel - London on the Eurostar, and buy the tickets well beforehand via their website. That's all you need.
If you want to do a daytrip to Paris from Brussel just buy a day return from the operator's (Thalys) website, or buy it at the train station.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by Maryimelda

I agree entirely with both of these answers. You may even be able to pick up a good special from Amsterdam to Brussels if you book early enough directly from the Dutch rail site. Just keep an eye on it from day to day and see what bobs up. Sometims by opting to go at a different time you may be able to get a cheaper ticket. I've done it, it's just a matter of good luck and an eagle eye.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by northeast80

I'd suggest buying the Brussels - Paris ticket well in advance. I turned up on the day and it cost 90 Euro single!!

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by WHTabone

thanks for the input... any ideas if a rail pass with-in Belgium is needed?
i expect to be traveling to Bruges and Gent by rail from Brussels.

my plan is to buy the 3 day subway pass in Amsterdam,
and something similar for Brussels & London for local transportation.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by K_V_B

A rail pass is not needed within anywhere in Europe. Always check the prices for individual tickets first. Anyway, Belgium is a small country, just go to a station buy a ticket and hop on a train.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by Mikebb

We took the Eurostar train from London to Brussels in Sept'08, a fantastic way to travel, approx 2.5 hours and we were there in comfort.

Re: EuRail Pass question, Netherlands Belgium France and UK

by Mikebb

Hi We took a day trip to Bruges, you can buy a companion fare at the train station, a little cheaper. In fact I think they accepted my Australian Seniors Card.

Travel Tips for Brussels

See the Grand Place. WOW! The...

by Ramonq

See the Grand Place. WOW! The Royal Palace is here surrounded by some fancy old Flemish buildings. Having bouillabaise meal in one of the restaurants at the Grand Place and watch the world go by. The buildings surrounding the square are so ornate and stately and all of them are gilded with gold. I just stared at the old buildings all day and admired it.


by LysDor



Maybe it does not have the romanticism of Paris or Venice, but it has its charm and a lot to offer for the body and mind: art, museums, food, beers, sights, outdoors...

Keep all your senses alert and the city will enchant you in a surprising way!

I will open-up my heart and present you some of my favourite and -dear- places I still like to go to.


by benzerga

(Congreskolom / Colonne du Congrés)

The Congress Column is the national monument of Belgium. It was erected in 1859 as a symbol of the Belgian independence. The 'Congress' was the first parliament of the new state. On top is the statue of king Leopold I of Saxonia-Cobourg-Gotha, who became the first king on July the 21st 1831. This day is still the national holiday of Belgium. At the foot of the column four allegoric statues can be seen which represent the four freedoms of Belgium: freedom of press, religion, school and association. At the foot of the monument burns the eternal flame on the grave of the unknown soldier of both world wars.

Basilica, Leopold Park

by bugulma

In front of Basilica if you go from the center you can see the park. I am not sure although but it seems it has a name Leopold Park. There are a lot of places where you can get nice shots with Basilica as well as you can relax in the calm paths in the park.

One quarter of Brussels...

by Nice_Girl

One quarter of Brussels residents are not Belgian People , it means that diversity is the order of the day.

The presence of so many foreigners has changed the character of Brussels from a sleepy provincial town in the 1950s to a frenetic business and conference centre today. You can find any number of Irish pubs, Spanish tapas bars, British bookshops, Moroccan butchers, Japanese restaurants, Scandinavian design boutiques or American bars scattered throughout the city... La Kasbah is a moroccan restaurant, rue Antoine Dansaert, I recommand it !

Rue de Brabant : a turkisk/moroccan street near the north station, open on sunday (really great time).


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