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Charleroi Airport to Bruges Via Gent

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Charleroi Airport to Bruges Via Gent

Guys

We are going to Gent for a couple of days, and fly on the Friday early morning into Charleroi, if ive read everything correctly we are looking to do the following:

Friday - Get the Voyages Lelan / shuttle to Bruxelles-Midi, then a train to Bruges, spend the day in Bruges and then later that night get the train to Gent St. Pieters. We will then spend 2 days in Gent and then on the Sunday get the train back to Brussels and then the Voyages Lelan / shuttle back to Charleroi Airport.

My Questions are:

1. How long is the journey from Charleroi to Bruges.

2. Is there a relaxed timetable on the Sunday.

3. Where can I find the timetables for the Voyages Lelan & trains I require

4. Shall I book them on-line before I travel?

5. Is the Voyages Lelan the best method to get from Charleroi Airport to Brussels

6. And the most important question, am I able to complete half the return train journey on the Friday (Bruges to Gent) and the remaining half on the Sunday (Gent to Brussels)

Any help and indeed any pricing would be great also.

Cheers

H

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1. Re: Charleroi Airport to Bruges Via Gent

1. CRL to Bruxelles-Midi takes 45-60 mins. Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge takes about 1 hr.

2. Not really, there are still 2 IC (InterCity) trains an hour from Brussels to Brugge (final destination Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge). However, there obviously aren't as many of the slower commuter trains at weekends, given that these are aimed at picking up and dropping off commuters at intermediate stations.

3. Shuttle timetable here: www.voyages-lelan.be/xml/page.html… - train timetable here: http://www.railtime.be/website/home-en or http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en (both timetables only, but easier to use than SNCB site); for purchase, http://www.belgianrail.be/en/Default.aspx

4. It's up to you. However, as far as the train is concerned, you won't be "booking" anything, merely purchasing a ticket for the DATE in question (not tied to specific departure on that date). It isn't possible to reserve seats on domestic trains, and unless you are under 26, it makes no difference whether you buy tickets online or at the station, in advance or on the day of travel (but if you DO buy tickets in advance, you are obliged to select a date of travel for each journey).

5. The alternative is local TEC bus A or 68 to Charleroi-Sud railway station and train from there to Brugge, changing in Brussels, for which you can get a combi ticket at CRL covering the entire journey to Brugge, which would cost €19.60 single (free for children, if this is a factor in your calculations). See belgianrail.be/en/travel-tickets/tickets/to-…

This compares with €11 or €13 for the shuttle (depending on whether you buy a single or return ticket) plus €13.50 for the train from Brussels to Brugge. However noting your Q6, regarding interrupting your "return" journey in Ghent, you would in this case have to pay for a single train ticket from Brugge to Ghent (€6.20), and then buy a combi ticket (at Gent St. Pieters station) from Ghent to CRL, costing €18.40.

6. No of course you can't - that's not a RETURN journey! A standard return ticket - which is what you require travelling one way on Friday (before 19:00 hrs) and the other on Sunday - is simply 2 singles. If this were a RETURN journey, you would have (1) (for date X) ticket for 1 trip A to B and (2) (for date Y) ticket for 1 trip B to A.

If you stop off at C in between B and A this is 2 trips, B-C, then C-A - not one! To cover these, you would need:

- a ticket for the journey A to B (e.g. Brussels to Brugge, €13.50), then EITHER:

- a ticket from B to C (Brugge to Ghent, €6.20) plus another from C to A (Ghent to Brussels, €8.50) (total €14.70)

OR:

- a "VIA ticket" for B to A via C (Brugge to Brussels VIA Ghent, €14.70 - same price as 2 separate tickets for these 2 journeys).

If you buy a single ticket Brugge to Brussels, there is nothing to stop you getting off in Ghent, but if you were then to take a later train to Brussels (clearly different from the one you started out on in Brugge, which will normally have been stamped by an inspector on that train), your ticket would no longer be valid, The inspector would then charge you the cost of the ticket from Ghent to Brussels plus a fine for not having a valid ticket or, at the very least, the administrative fee applicable for buying the ticket on the train when you could have bought it at the station.

Please note that these are current fares (from http://sefora.b-rail.be/sefora/Sefora/berekenen.do?action=accessTicket&langue=3), if you are travelling after 1 Feb train fares are likely to be higher, but proportions would of course be maintained.

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2. Re: Charleroi Airport to Bruges Via Gent

I am so confused (doesn't take much) about getting to bruges from the airport!

Please help, which is easiest/quickest/cheapest????

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3. Re: Charleroi Airport to Bruges Via Gent

Which airport? If you mean CRL, as already explained above, you can either take:

a) the (private) shuttle bus from CRL airport to Bruxelles-Midi station (1 hr, €13/22 - so €11 each way - single/return), then train to Brugge (1 hr, €13.50), see charleroi-airport.com/en/…index.html or

b) TEC (local public transport company) bus A or 68 from CRL airport to Charleroi-Sud station (30 mins), then train to Bruxelles-Midi where you would change for Brugge : using combi ticket purchased from machines at CRL, this currently (train fares go up on 1 Feb) costs €19.60 and it takes roughly 2 hrs not counting waiting time at Charleroi-Sud. See charleroi-airport.com/en/…index.html

As you can see, this information is all set out on CRL Airport's website. The first option is slightly faster and possibly (with 1 less change) easier, but more expensive, and it requires 2 separate tickets; the second is slower but cheaper and you can do it on one ticket, if you buy the combi ticket at the airport (although I don't think it costs much more if you buy the bus ticket on the bus and the train ticket at the station).

It's entirely up to you to decide which you prefer, as "easiest" is a subjective issue: and "quickest" and "cheapest" are never the same.

For timetables, see links already provided.

Edited: 2:01 pm, January 22, 2013
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