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    Go Pass for young people under 26 years old

    by shavy Updated Sep 4, 2016

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    A Go Pass is a ticket that allows young people (under 26 years) 10 random travel within Belgium must be made within a period of 1 year. Go Pass is not valid to Brussels International Airport, a "diabolo charge" must pay on train conductor

    Before boarding you must indelible fill the day, date for example (03 Sepetmebr 2016) departure place and final destination

    The pass is not registered, so this can be used for more people or friends traveling together with age under 26 year.

    Using the card you need to show your ID together with Go Pass during ticket control. Traveling with go pass is easy, you can decide when and where to travel, no time restrictions and its allow you to travel when it suites you

    If there are more than one traveling fill the line for each passenger. Do not messes the pass, if you make a mistake just fill a new line. Mess up ticket can be invalid, the train conductor is strictly when it comes to passes.

    The Go Pass 10 card cost € 51and is valid for one year from the day of purchase. For sale at the counters and vending machines. This a good alternative and the cheapest way by traveling with trains around Belgium for young people

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    Jump passes in Brussels

    by shavy Updated Sep 4, 2016

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    Number of rides unlimited number of trips that can be made from the first depreciation until the end of the service the same day no restriction!

    You have choice between 1 day to 3 day passes: JUMP for 24 hours: € 7.50 JUMP for 48 hours: € 14 JUMP for 72 hours: € 18

    Brussels has excellent transportation around, walking is the easy way to explore the city, but if one doesn't like to explore on foot this Jump pass is ideal. For sale at the counters in Brussels stations

    One day pass cost : € 7,50. With a dag JUMP ticket you can throughout the Brussels city zone take all buses, trams, metros and even the train (2nd class) from any carrier. STIB is a Jump card valid everywhere in zone Brussels except the lines to the airport.

    The user must validate the ticket before each ride. In the above ground stations the ticket is important, each transfer in a bus or tram must be validated in the machine inside. In the underground metro and pre-metro stations, the user must be discerned at the automatic ticket gates.

    Even your ticket is already validated in the machine. It happens that a conductor came to ask your ticket. Ticket control in Brussels are often inside public transportation. Because there are many poeple doesn't want to buy tickets they called (black rider). Keep your ticket in a safe place it is very important that you can show it during control

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    For all seniors aged 65 and older € 6 roundtrip

    by shavy Updated Sep 4, 2016

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    Senior citizen has discounted ticket on public transport in Belgium especially on trains. For senior citizen from 65 years and older traveling by train in Belgium has a special tariff for second class coach.

    For € 6 round trip across Belgium and you return on the same day. This price is only valid on domestic service trains

    There are conditions with senior tariff: The seniors cannot travel before "9 am" from Monday thru Friday. Saturday and Sunday no time restrictions, you may travel anytime if not on high season

    They arrange this method because the train can be very crowded "RUSH HOUR" many people using trains going to work everyday. And RUSH HOUR started from 7 to 8.30 am, sometimes at 9 am you'll notice that the train still busy

    Therefore, they are not allowed to take the trains before 9 am. If you do so, you may pay a price of individual ticket. You can purchase your ticket at the counter or at vending machine inside the station

    During summer time traveling in the weekends is not possible start from: July 9 to August 21, 2016. High season and trains can be very crowded. Make sure that you can prove your age during ticket inspection, the inspector might ask your ID

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    Is economical way for long distance train

    by shavy Updated Sep 4, 2016

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    Traveling around by train in Belgium is not very cheap from one place to another. How longer the distance how more it cost for a ticket. Traveling in weekend is 50% cheaper

    Belgium has different rail passes that suites everyone. A 10 trips card can be use anytime anywhere you want to travel by train in Belgium, no time restrictions or time indicated on the pass. You can board anytime you want. This is exist already for a long time, but is not very known for visitors.

    I use the pass often when I'm going to bigger city where parkings are expensive. Also it is very handy for us when traveling to Brussels airport. We mostly take trains convenience way to travel no traffic and the train ride through under ground of Zaventem Brussels airport.

    Using rail pass to Zaventem Brussels airport there is a € 5,09 diablo surcharge, it can be paid separately by cash or credit card to train inspector

    Having this kind of pass each trip cost you only 7.60€ it is cheaper than buying a single ticket. The rail pass is valid for 1 year from the day you purchase, it cost 76€ . You can purchase the card the day you travel to a ticket counter. This pass is only for second class coach train. If you want more comfort, rail pass for first class train it cost 117€.

    The pass is not registered, you can travel with more persons. For example if there are 5 adults traveling fill 5 lines. The pass must be fill once you board on the train, be sure you have pen with you. For foreign visitors this will be a bit difficult as is not translated in English.

    The passes are start by: filling DAYS the day you travel, and then the DATES. Belgium always write first the dates and thereafter the months for example: "03/10/2016" (03 May 2016). Then fill the place of DEPARTURE, name of the city where you take the train. And the last one is DESTINATION.

    If your destination include a change of train in one place like you're traveling from Antwerpent to Bruges and you need to change a train in Gent " Antwerpen -Gent- Bruges, you may break your journey in Gent if you want and take a later train to Bruges

    If you don't want to break your journey, just continue to the next train

    The train conductor will come to check the ticket just give to him, he will put stamp on the card. Is possible that there were two conductor on the trains, especially in bigger city. They might check your ticket again and if they see that is already have stamped they'd give it back

    Sometimes you won't see any train conductor, possible that your card won't be check until the end of destination, but no panic! once your out the train there is no ticket control anymore. Especially when traveling on Sunday and holidays less controlled on the train

    One important thing: if you made a mistake during fill up, do not scratch or erased, fill the next line. The train conductor doesn't like to see a cross or scratch on the card or he will declared the card as invalid. Careful when filling the card for not making mistake

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    Brussels National Airport

    by traveldave Updated Dec 21, 2015

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    Located just northeast of the city center, Brussels National Airport (BRU) is one of the major international gateways for western Europe, handling flights from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

    Airlines serving Brussels National Airport: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, Air Nostrum, airBaltic, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, AndoluJet, Atlas Blue, Augsburg Airways, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Blue1, bmi British Midland, bmi Regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Croatia Air, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Estonian Air, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Flybe, FlyGeorgia, Hainan Airlines, Hop, Iberia, Icelandair, Jetairfly, Jet4you, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lithuanian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa City Line, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, NIKI, Olympic Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss European Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Syrian Arab Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom Romanian Air Transport, Transavia, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Tyrolean Airways, Ukrainian International Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling Airlines, and Wind Jet.

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    Shuttle Bus to Bruges and Ghent

    by shavy Updated Nov 4, 2015

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    The airport shuttle is inexpensive comfortable and practical and one of the best solutions if you are going to Brussels city. The shuttle bus leaves outside the arrival when you go out directly to your left and you will see those buses stood and they are easy to recognize with their color.

    Tickets are available in vending machines outside or at ticket desk. Ticket prices are cheaper if you booked online than purchasing ticket on the spot

    Recognized the bus color, for destination Ghent and Bruges is with green dotted bus and well designated infront

    If you booked your ticket online the price for Bruges is €17 euro. For Ghent is €15

    If you buy your ticket in the vending machine outside the airport this cost €20 for Bruges and €18 for Ghent.

    There are buses from Charleroi to Brussels Midi every 20-30 minutes. The ride could take an hour or more depends on the traffic

    The first bus leaves from "Brussels Midi > Brussels South Charleroi Airport" from 03:30 am is about one hour ride depends on the traffic. There were two bus runs in an hour
    From Brussels South Charleroi Airport > Brussels-Midi the first bus run at 07:50 am

    To those who's going to "Bruges or Ghent" is now easily could reach with the shuttle bus. "Bruges" has signed an agreement with Flibco.com, a company that specializes in reaching cities from major railway stations or airports by bus. "Bruges" wants to be a better connection to the "Charleroi airport". The agreement is effective from June 1, 2014

    There are nine direct buses a day between "Brussels Charleroi Airport" to "Bruges and Ghent" . The hours of the bus will be tailored to the arrival and departure of the aircraft at the airport.

    The first shuttle bus from "Bruges > Brussels South Charleroi Airport" left in the Rijselstraat Station at " 05:40 am" is more than a 2 hours journey.

    To remind you: There's only one bus running in two hour, if you miss the first one you will have to wait another two hour for the next bus. The last shuttle bus leaves from "Bruges > Brussels South Airport" at 20:00 pm

    To those will take the Shuttle bus from Brussels South Airport > Bruges the last bus leaves at "23:50 pm". And there is only one bus every two hour to Bruges.

    The first shuttle bus from "Brussels South Airport > Bruges" leaves at "5:40 am " and there after the schedule is every two hour. The price will be from 10 to €17 if you buy the ticket on the internet

    The Shuttle Bus leaves from "GENT Station Sint-Pieters, Sint-Denijslaan "> "Brussels South Charleroi Airport" the first bus is at "3:30 am" is about 1 hour and 20 min ride prices are 15 euro one way. There were only one bus in every two hour so if you miss the bus you will have to wait another two hour. The last Shuttle Bus leaves from "Gent > Brussels South Charleroi Airport" at "21:10 pm"

    From "Brussels South Charleroi Airport "> "Gent Sint - Pieters station" the last Shuttle Bus leaves at "23:35 pm" the ticket price is 15 euro and again, there were only one bus to this route every two hour

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    Taking bikes on the train

    by shavy Written Apr 11, 2015

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    In Belgium is possible to bring your bike on a trains. This requires blank card to fill in (date and route) . It costs €5 for a single trip and free for a folding bike. If you are planning to do some biking from one place to the other, you can on and off with your bike on the train whole day for €8

    On most trains you are unable to load your bike on the train but you must warn the train conductor. This will open the door of a special bicycle compartment. You must then load your bike. The conductor will ask where your destination station, so that he can put the bike in front of compartment

    It is not forbidden to carry bicycles in rush, but it is recommended to avoid this as much as possible. Some trains have no bike compartment. So you will have to put your bike on the hallway, but you must standing in front of the bike during the journey, to avoid hindrance for other passengers. It is not possible to switch on or off a bike at the station of Brussels Central, Congress or Chapelle.

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    Weekend train ticket on half price

    by shavy Written Apr 11, 2015

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    Traveling in the weekend or bank holidays in Belgium 50% off train tickets on the second class. You can travel with this ticket start from 19:00 Friday evening and Saturday until 19:00 Sunday evening. You don't need to asked it, when you buy ticket at the counter this is automatically reduced in price

    You can purchase this ticket on the vending machine or at the counter. Traveling with train in weekend especially on Sunday is a good idea, less crowded and cheap. The only problem during this days, train is less frequent especially and in some places no direct train

    But you can figure it out, by taking train to that direction. There is always a way by getting to your final destination.

    In summer time which are high seasons July and August, traveling by train on Sunday is not a problem. The frequency of trains are like on weekdays but can be overcrowded on the trains. More than half of the Belgian people, prefer to take the train than cars. In some cases you might standing on the train during your journey

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    Facility of Ypres Station

    by shavy Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Ypres station is not big but there are some facilities inside the station. Mobile access ramp is available in Ypres which made for disabled people. In car park outside the station there are two disabled parking available

    Opening counters from Monday -Friday 5:45 am - 8:00pm Saturday - Sunday from 6 am - 8.30 pm
    If the ticket counter is closed there are ticket machines inside the station which accept credit-debit card.

    If you can't purchase your ticket from the machine, you may always buy your ticket at the train conductor, bu this ticket will cost more than the regular price.

    There are taxis once you arrive in Ypres station. And the buses (de lijn) are just located outside the train station

    If you need to order a taxis in advance here are some taxis in Ypres. Their sites are only available in Flemish but they tend to speak English
    http://www.taxileo.be/
    http://www.taxi-benoot.be/

    If you need any assistance for Ypres contact the tourist office
    http://www.toerisme-ieper.be/

    "Ypres train station has also a "Automatic lockers" and free bicycle parking

    There are also free car parking outside the station located at the back. But this parking often full, many rail passengers leave their car here. So, you will be lucky if you find a space

    Traveling with your cat / dog on the train:
    Free for a small pet in a basket or cage
    Free for a guide dog or assistance dog
    Maximum € 2.30 for a larger animal on a leash with a ticket transport of pets

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    Train From Brussels midi to Ypres

    by shavy Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Going to Ypres by train from Brussels Midi is the easiest way. Which you have a direct train to Ypres. Direct trains to Ypres start early morning till noon
    - 6:41 - 8:41 - 9:41 - 11:41 - 12:41 this train run directly to Ypres without any changes and it takes 1:39 minutes time

    Train schedule in the afternoon till late in the evening run directly to Ypres without any changes
    13:41 - 14:41 - 15:41 - 15:58 - 16:41 - 17:41 - 18:41 - 19:41- 20:41 - 21:41 this train takes 1.39 minutes time of your journey

    Train to Ypres has sign "Poperinge" which is the end station of the train. The train stops in Ypres before reach the end station in Poperinge

    Is some certain hours there are trains to Ypres but not a direct one. You must change once or twice and and journey time it'll take a little bit longer

    Going back to Brussels a direct train from Ypres start early morning till noon
    4:38 - 6:06 - 6:33 - 7:22 - 7:38 - 8:38 - 9:38 - 10:38 - 11:38 train journey time takes an 1.39 minutes

    Direct train from Ypres to Brussels from noon till late in the evening
    13:38 - 15:38 - 16:38 - 17:38 - 18:33 - 19:33 - 21:38 going back to Brussels the journey time take about 1.41- 1.46 minutes
    In some certain hours there will be train to Brussels but you'll have to change in Kortrijk

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    Parking Machine

    by shavy Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    This is the parking ticket machine you will find them anywhere in town. Every town is different, but most of big cities in Belgium have similar parking ticket machine in Ypres this is the newly parking machine.

    This machine accept coins only. No credit card or bill in this machine. You can used 10,20,50 cent euro and 1 and 2 euro coin. It also accept mobile SMS there is a number on the side where you have to dial, but is always handy to have coins with you.

    In this machine you can choose the language, so it is a friendly machine to used. In some places where pay parking available you can only park up to 3 hour

    The hourly price of parking ticket is 1 euro, so, if you plan to stay more than that, you have to put more money up to maximum of three hours. If you intend to stay longer than three hours, you'll have to come back after the ticket exceed and renew another hour

    Always make sure your ticket is visible to police. It happens sometimes to me I'm in hurry put my ticket inside out, when I came back the fine is already hang in my windshield

    There is a guide in the machine of how to use step by step. Insert your coin depends of how long you stay one hour in Ypres is 1 euro and push the green button and wait till your ticket print and then put this behind your windshield. If you want to stay longer used more coins so, simple is that

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    Free long term parking

    by shavy Written Aug 14, 2014

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    Free parking is not much to find in Belgium especially in big town, many municipality were charging pay parking in recent years. It has been change a lot and getting expensive to park your car in the city especially if you leave your car for a whole day. Lately, some of the free parking were outside town which is sometimes 30 minutes walk to the center.

    This sign means: A free long term parking, but you can't find this sign very often especially in town where most visited. This parking is ideal for visitors staying in the city hotel without a car park. You can leave your car as long as you want. Is for free anyway if you prepared the long walk

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    Another sign

    by shavy Written Aug 14, 2014

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    This signs many people don't understand or miss seen. This park sign is sometimes complicated. It mentioned in some days forbidden to park. Here, it stated the blue plate and X is forbidden to park on Monday from 7 pm - 10 pm and Saturday from 12 am to 2 pm. If you park your car without seen the sign, you might not find your car when you come back. It'll towed away, you'll get the fines, plus the extra cost of the tow company. You'll have to go to the police to find your car

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    With parking discs

    by shavy Written Aug 14, 2014

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    "P + small blue disc sign: The sign it shows a Blue Zone parking.This zone plate ensures that the road should not be repeated along each street . You can park in blue zones for a maximum of two hours for free by using you discs visible in your dash board. Point the arrow leave your car at the time of arrival.

    If you like to extend after the two hour exceeded, you may turn the disc to the new time. Apparently, you can stay for a whole day in the same place for free, but you have to reset the time every two hour. If you forget to reset the time this will be a 25 euro fines, depends in which municipality you are, this the cheapest fines for Blue Zone area. In bigger town it will cost much more

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    Disabled Parking

    by shavy Written Aug 14, 2014

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    Individuals in whom impaired state of health gives rise to limited or impaired ability to travel. This parking gives you the right to park in reserved spaces, and in the blue zone. These parking spaces are often located close to major destinations such as the entrance of a building or in the city center.

    They should only be used if the person to whom the card is used the vehicle or riding along as a passenger. In the parking lot signaled for persons with disabilities each person who is in possession of the special (blue) card may be car parking. There should be unlimited parked in places where parking time is limited (blue zone). The card must be visible on the inside of the vehicle.

    In most cases, it is clear that a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities. Give the typical signs which places such persons are reserved. It is forbidden to park. These places you may only park if you are in possession of a special card which gives permission. If you ignore the parking sign, a parking ticket is a very nasty penalty.
    Parking in a handicapped spot is a violation of the second degree. Penalty between 20 and 250 euros. Please note that it must be multiplied by the surcharges.

    Look for the blue sign

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