Getting to Knokke was easy, EUROSTAR
We decided to take the Eurostar train from London's St. Pancras station to Brussels vs Flying because quite frankly, I have found flying to be a big chore within Europe. For such a short flight time it's not worth the hassle. If you can find a deal on the Eurostar website you will not be dissapointed. Checkin was a mere 30minutes prior to departure, you slide your electronic ticket into a machine much like you do on any subway/metro system, in a couple of seconds you are checked in and can proceed through security. Security was civilized, the security agents were thorough but nice. On Eurostar you are assigned a car and seat so there is no rushing to the train to fight for a seat (Like Ryan Air) Seating in 2nd class was adequate. We left St. Pancras on schedule and it wasn't long before we reached our cruising speed of 186mph. The Chunnel segment was uneventful and only took 18minutes. In 1h50M we found ourselves in Brussels with easy connections to our train to Knokke.
The connecting train from Brussels to Knokke took us by way of Gent and Brugge, on this particular day it was only two cars long which left many of us standing all the way to Brugge. On the return it was a 7 car train with plenty of seats. Travel time from Brussels to Knokke was 2 hours.
For travel within Knokke, we did see several bus lines but the town isn't that big and is very flat so it was easy to walk. We did go down the coast on the Belgian Tram, takes a couple of hours one way to the town of De Paan.
How to get there?
Coming from the direction of Antwerp: take the N49 via Zelzate and Maldegem.
Coming from the direction of Brussels: take the E40 via Ghent. Take exit 11 "Aalter" N44 via Maldegem and via N49 towards Knokke-Heist.
- Road Trip
There are 3 train stations in Knokke-Heist. All trains are coming via Bruges -> Heist -> Duinbergen > Knokke (Terminal).
There is one train arriving/leaving Knokke-Heist every hour. For time tables, have a look at the website mentioned below.
The best way to travel along the coast.
There is one coast tramway going from Knokke-Heist to De Panne. This means, along the whole Belgian coastline. It takes about 2 hours to travel the entire way and there are several stops in every coast city.
Fun for the kids
Not only in Knokke-Heist, but in every coast town, you'll find these funny cars. You have them in all sizes and for all ages, even grown-ups enjoy riding these special cars. It's fun, try it!
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