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Train from Schipol to Brussels

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Train from Schipol to Brussels

We are flying into Schipol on an international flight. We need to get to Brussels from there. Can we catch a train from the airport? If not, where do we go? Also, could you please give some instructions about getting the train - ie do we need to pre-book? Is there more than one service? Do we need to change trains?

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1. Re: Train from Schipol to Brussels

yes, you can take train from airport to brussels..buy tickets at train ticket counter in arrival hall..catch the train downstairs..no need to pre-book..

most trains i checked didnt require a train change..a couple did.

you can check for yourself

station:schiphol

station: brussels centraal

http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner-v2/index.shtml

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2. Re: Train from Schipol to Brussels

There are 2 direct trains from Schiphol to Brussels. One is the Thalys which runs every 2 hours and one the (IC) InterCity which runs hourly.

The Thalys is faster than the IC taking about 1 and 1/2 hours, while the IC takes about 2 and 1/2. However, the Thalys does require reservations and should be prebooked. The reservations are only good for the date/time selected.

The IC, though slower, does not require prebooking and does not require a reservation. You buy your ticket at the airport and get on the next IC train headed to Brussels.

The only Brussels station the Thalys stops at is the terminus at Brussels Zuid (Midi), whereas the IC also stops at Brussels Centraal prior to arriving at Brussels Zuid.

Edited: 12:47 am, September 06, 2010
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3. Re: Train from Schipol to Brussels

on average you only save about 25-30 minutes by taking the thalys from schiphol...i would ride an extra 30 minutes for the convenience of taking the IC versus booking in advance online and being tied to a specific train....if you miss the intercity an hour later you can hop on another using the same ticket.

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4. Re: Train from Schipol to Brussels

It is worth checking the prices on Thalys, which are (much) more expensive last minute (www.nshispeed.nl) than the regular trains. Trainschedule for regular and Thalys trains can be found at www.ns.nl. It may also be useful to check there whether there will be any delays due to work on the tracks, which was the case quite often earlier this year.

One way tickets on the regular train cost around 35 euros for second class ticket, return tickets are valid for 2 months. Tickets for regular train to Brussels can also be bought at the ticket machines in the baggage halls (yellow machines) while you wait for your luggage and above the train tracks, which may save you standing in line at the counter.

Usually, I take the regular train 2nd class, which is cheaper and not that much slower than Thalys, does not require prebooking and stops in the centre of Brussels. It depends on your budget and the hurry you are in.

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