Along the coast
With the Kusttram you can go along the whole Belgium coast from De Panne to Knokke and back.
A day ticket is EUR 5 and you can jump up and off the train as much as you want.
Great, in August 2007 the day ticket is still just EUR 5!
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Oh how much fun is a ride on the trams when you are travelling with little people (by that I mean children - age 4 1/2 - not actual little people in any derogatory way!)
For a €5 ticket we had freedom of the entire coast of Belgium, had we wanted to we could have travelled from Knokke to De Panne and back again. As it was we took a day from our holiday and just went from one place to another. The freedom of having this kind of transport at such an affordable price made the holiday that bit better.
The tram is very popular so can get crowded (picture this on a hot day with lots of sweaty people, it could loose its charm.)
The coastal tram
Thanks to an extensive road system and a regular tram service, all other seaside resorts are easy to reach. All the coastal trams provide rapid transport to the various attractions, entertainments or events. Furthermore, serveral special "Thematic Trams" have been put into service.
The 'Kusttram' (coastal tram) brings you from every other coast city to "De Haan aan Zee". There's only one line along the entire coast.
De Haan is situated between Oostende and Zeebrugge.
When you step out of the tram, have a look at the tramway station. It's very pretty. It's the only station along the coast that was built in the typical style of De Haan.
The Coast Tram
The Coast Tram runs nearly the entire length of the Flanders Coast, from Knokke in the north to De Panne in the south. De Haan is halfway up from Oostende towards Knokke. The ride is smooth and comfortable on light rail tracks past the dunes and small coastal villages. The ride from Oostende takes about 18 minutes and costs only a few Euros.
Be sure to get off at De Haan aan Zee -- that's the central stop in town.
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