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Help :: Few Information about Brussels

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Help :: Few Information about Brussels

Dear All,

I'm coming for the 3 months trip in Brussels. I would like to know few information:

1) Which is the cheapest GSM service provider to call India?

2) Which is the best option for the internet (USB modem - 5 GB/month) ?

3) I have a O2 USB modem brought from Munich. Will it work in Belgium aswell, if I change the SIM alone ?

4) Please suggest me the best option (websites etc) for booking international Train/bus journey ?

5) If there is any Monthly/Weekly pass for train/tram ? How much are the rates?

Many Thanks,

Thomas

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1. Re: Help :: Few Information about Brussels

4) Trains: www.b-europe.com/Travel - there is no "best" option in terms of different websites for different prices, it is more a matter of what type of train you take: obviously high-speed trains (Eurostar, Thalys, ICE, TGV) are more expensive than non-high-speed ones, e.g. InterCity (IC), where available.

Buses: www.eurolines.be or for buses to London and Paris only (often at awkward times), google Megabus and IDbus.

5) There is no monthly/weekly ticket covering trains throughout Belgium, though there is a 10-trip "rail pass" which costs €76 (i.e. each individual trip costs €7.60, although a supplement applies for trips to/from Brussels Airport). There are also season tickets but for daily travel between the same stations, not for the entire network.

For metro, trams and buses within Brussels, there are various possibilities (http://www.stib.be/tickets.html?l=en) but for a monthly season ticket you would need a plastic photocard (http://www.stib.be/abonnement.html?l=en) and I don't know whether they accept foreign passports for this as well as resident's ID card.

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Re 1) and 2): I know very little about it but didn't think it was possible to have a contract with a local mobile phone operator if not resident in Belgium, with a Belgian ID card/"carte de séjour". As a tourist, I would have thought you would have to use a prepaid card ("Pay&Go"). While I have seen no price comparison of these - and offers seem to change all the time - a company that tends to be used a lot by Belgians who travel is Mobile Vikings (https://mobilevikings.com/en/offer/). If you want to compare all local offers, all the local companies have shops in rue des Tongres (Mérode metro station): once you have a SIM you can buy top-up payment cards in supermarkets, including the Carrefour in rue des Tongres.

For the rest, look at http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Belgium and www.timedial.net/phone-cards-price-compare/

3) I would have thought so, but you would have to download the connection software of whichever company you choose for (mobile, surely) internet connection, see for example http://support.en.belgacom.be/app/answers/detail/a_id/14896/~/update-the-vodafone-mobile-broadband-connection-software

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Hi Qaminari,

That will be very much helpful... Many thanks for your time and guidance.

5) What about STIB and MTB cards? If these card are used between fixed stations?

STIB season ticket:

This ticket offers you unlimited access to the complete STIB network for one month or one year.

Fare: 46,50€/month.

MTB season ticket:

With this "all-in" season ticket you can travel on the STIB network but also on the networks of De Lijn, TEC and SNCB in Brussels.

Fare: 52,00€/month

6) I have seen a network map www.stib.be/netplan-plan-reseau.html?l=en .

But the map looks complex. In Munich, we had a real map and a simplified map with straight lines for quick reference. If this type is available in Brussels as well?

Regards,

Thomas

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