The Kusttram which runs the full 68 km of the Belgian coast is reckoned to be the longest tram line in the world. This starts at De Panne railway station (at Adinkerke) with its northern terminus at Knokke, on the Dutch border.
During the summer the trams run in both directions with a peak frequency of every ten minutes, and in winter every 20 minutes. A single ticket, for any length of journey, costs 2 Euros (from ticket office or machine - 3 Euros from the driver) and there are various return, day tickets and period tickets available.
De Panne itself has several tram stops and line runs through the centre of the town.
Unfortunately on this section the "Coast Tram" doesn't actually run alongside the beaches (see pic #2) but it is, nevertheless, a very practical, and inexpensive, means of getting around.
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Arriving (and departing) by Train
De Panne is the terminus of the mainline from Brussels with an hourly service in both directions. This is a local stopping service with a total journey time of just over 2 hours. The trains pass through Ghent where connections can be made to the rest of the eastern Belgian Railways network for places such as Brugge and Antwerp.
Although the station is called "De Panne" it is in fact in Adinkerke with central De Panne being about two kilometres further up the coast. The station however is adjacent to the Kusttram terminus which runs every 10 minutes in summer and 20 minutes in winter.
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You can make a touristic roundtrip by small train.
The train leaves from beach road, near the mini steam carrousel (at 14.30, 15.30, 16.30 and 17.30) Check departing times at the departure place.
The price is 3.00 Euro, so that is not too expensive.
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big fun for kids
Of course this big fun for the kids, there is a part of beach road that specially preserved for these youngsters (younger the 12 years).
There are different models of go-carts.
And while the parents enjoy a delicious Belgian beer, kids can drive around.
We, lets say the locals, call it a Billekarre, that is kind of difficult (read impossible) to translate, others call it a Kwis-tax.
Any way, it is kind of a go-cart. There are several shops where you can rent such a vehicle; you can rent for one hour to one day.
There are all kind of vehicles, from one person to the big ones for about 10 persons.
The drive is the muscle power of the participant, so it is just like riding a bike, difference only the person in the left front seat has the possibility of steering.
It is great to do with a big group of friends.
Only just be careful, as you drive among the sometimes busy traffic; you have no special privileges with this vehicle.
PS a good tip: best places are in the rear, then you can stop peddling for a while the others do (good for lazy persons), and they want notice it . . .
The best middle to go to La Panne
La Panne is situated in the West of the Belgian coast at the border with France. You can take the train from every city of Belgium. Then, arrived at destination, take the tram to move to the centre of La Panne or in the whole Belgian shore. It’s fast and safe! In addition, it’s the best way to meet people.
Motorised vehicles for the younger ones
There are even motorised vehicles for the younger ones, as they do not have the power to ride a go-cart.
These special vehicles have an electric engine, and do not worry these cars go slowly.
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