Ypres is very easy to visit by train from elsewhere in Belgium, they only have two platform, you'll never miss which train you want to take, as there are only 1 or two trains each hour going out
The train station is about 10-15 min short walk to the center
At the train station you will also find the bus station, from here you can take the bus outside the city, it is bit complicated by taking bus
If you look at infront of the bus on the upperside that is the route number and the name of the destination
So it is very important to know which number is the route you want to take or you may ended up somewhere
Opening hour NMBS Station Ypres
Monday to Friday 5:45 am 8.30 pm
Saturday to Sunday and Holidays 6 am 8.30 pm
If you want to reach Ieper by train you can obtain all the info needed in English, German, French or Dutch on following website RAIL TIME, your fast track to rail information:
http://www.railtime.be/website/home-en or SNCB Europe for international trips http://www.b-europe.com
Type in under TRAIN SHEDULES your departure station (also outside Belgium for example France, Netherland, UK or Germany) and your destination in Belgium and you will obtain all info about the trains and their operator:
SNCB is Belgium's main rail operator. It is the country's largest operator and its trains serve every station on the network.
or better SNCB Europe for international trips http://www.b-europe.com
Thalys, the European high-speed network, connects Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
This high-speed train connects London to over 100 destinations in Europe, including Brussels and Lille.
8 HSTs depart from Brussels every day to cross France.
Every day, the InterCity Express connects Frankfurt or Köln with Brussels and Liège.
WARNING: Public transport works well in Belgium as long as there are no strikes, no mechanical incidents, stolen copper signal cables or aggressions on train controllers.
The Belgium train service is pretty good....particularly by Canadian standards...the cities and towns it seems to serve easily is quite high...
I used the train to get from Brussels to Ieper and the trip was smooth and took about an hour and a half...when I arrived in Brussels via Thalys Train service from Paris I checked in with the ticket sales person who spoke French and English as well as Dutch...just to confirm that I was going to the correct platform for the train to Ieper...
The Station in Ieper was fairly small and the agent on duty was quite helpful.I arrived the evening of Easter Sunday.....it was pretty sleepy...not me ...the station.....as I was staying outside of town a few kilometers he arranged a taxi for me...
There are storage lockers here at the Ieper train station as well as an automated ticket machine for train tickets....
They rent bicycles here also...
My Thalys ticket was good for ANY Belgium station and cost me next to nothing for the extra...to travel from Ieper to Brugge the cost was an even 11 Euro....as was the fare to travel from Brugge to the National Airport in Brussels...
The traincompany offers a lot of different combined train tickets.
If you plan to do something extra, please ask for info and prices about B-DAY TRIPS.
When John and Sarah (Macdoggie) visited in June, we bought us a B-day trip to Ypres which included the trainticket to and from and a the bicycle rental for a whole day (till 8 pm) for the current price of 18 Euro's in total (that was the most expensive as we were 4 distance zones apart from Ypres, so it might be less if you start from another station).
For that same trip we would have paid close to 30 Euro... only for the train!
They also have a combined ticket train and a visit to the War museum.
If you don't want to visit anything at all, and you are traveling with a small group, check if you get reduction for a groupsticket.
Ok... so we got ourselves a really comfortable bike with 7 or 8 gears on it. You will need those, some parts of Ypres Salient are a little hilly.
We cycled the Peace route and the plan for that route, you can buy at the tourist information centre. Recently they have translated the back with all the interesting info into an English version! Great! Finally !
It is great to cycle around here!
On the picture Sarah & John on the rental bike
Be ecological if you can and leave your car at home! Take the train instead. For those visiting Belgium, Ypres is easily reached within reasonable time from major cities by train.
The train station is only few minutes walk from the little city centre.
For those who wants to get more out of their day/train trip I recomend highly to search for a B-DAY TRIP.
Those trips are combined with extra's at reduced prices.
You can go both to Calais and Zeebrugge and easily drive from there apart from Brussels.
If you rely on public transport, there are a decent amount of direct daily trains from for instance Brussels although they tend to be slower than the InterCity ones to Bruges/Oostend/Knokke. From some Belgian cities you might have to change at Kortrijk. Interesting is also that you can get to Kortrijk (Courtrai in French) from the French city of Lille in a short time so this might be worth exploring if you go by for instance Eurostar from London (the Eurostar and national stations in Lille are different but close to each other).
Ieper can also be reached by train as it is connected to the Belgian railwaysystem. More information about times, scheduels and so on, you can find on their website.