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Cambridge to Brussels by train

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Cambridge to Brussels by train

I need to go from Cambridge to Brussels, then Brussels back to my hotel in London, Paddington one weekend in July. Can you assist on train booking. What's the best approach for this travel?

Thanks!

Dallas, Texas
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1. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

In one day?

trains from London to Brussels (and back) are via Eurostar from London St. Pancras. It seems you can get a direct train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross. So, the change should be pretty convenient,

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2. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

Use the Eurostar website. You can book through from Cambridge to Bruxelles, using a train from Cambridge to Kings Cross (which is literally just across the road from St.Pancras International where the Eurostar starts).

Booking through protects you if the train from Cambridge is so late that you miss the Eurostar you are booked on. Don't forget that you have to check in 45 minutes before departure for the Eurostar as security and immigration controls take place at the start of the journey in each direction, and that the UK and Belgium are in different time zones (so the journey appears to take 2 hours longer going than coming back).

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3. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

Use www.nationalrail.co.uk to buy a ticket from Cambridge to London Kings Cross station. Cross the road (literally) to St Pancras International. Use www.eurostar.com to buy a return ticket to Brussels - the price rises closer to the day of travel, so book as early as you can. On Arriving back at St Pancras the advice would be most accurate to know which hotel you are going to, but basically take the Tube.

Edited to note - I forgot you can book right through!

If you happen to be going to Paddington to go onto to Heathrow the next day. It will be easier to stay in one of the many hotels in the St Pancras/kings cross area and simply take the Tube direct to Heathrow (and much cheaper!)

Edited: 6:14 pm, July 01, 2017
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4. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

Thank you all. What's the best way to get from Paddington (hilton paddignton) to St.Pancras/KingsCross?

It's a business trip, so taxi/uber is an option. And thanks for the advice on EuroStar booking

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5. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

The cheapest way from St Pancras is the Hammersmith and City line, which runs direct between the two stations. There are loads of taxis on the rank outside St Pancras, but the traffic in that area is always clogged so this is not guaranteed to be any quicker.

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6. Re: Cambridge to Brussels by train

Tickets for Eurostar go on sale 6 months in advance and the cheaper tickets can sell out quickly, especially for travelling at the weekend. Leaving it this late you will pay a lot more.

Edited: 1:40 pm, July 04, 2017
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