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Westerlo,Belgium Train/Bus/? How do we travel from Westerlo?

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Westerlo,Belgium Train/Bus/? How do we travel from Westerlo?

How do we travel from Westerlo, Belgium to Brussels in the most efficient manner? We will have over 15 soccer teenagers with us and would like to day travel to Paris if possible, Holland, etc. It is very hard to find the information on line. Anyone local information about bus and trains would be helpful. We are wondering if it would be easier to rent a bus or two. Thank you.

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1. Re: Westerlo,Belgium Train/Bus/? How do we travel from Westerlo?

A day trip to Paris from there is going to be a bit of a marathon, unless indeed you rent a coach: Westerlo doesn't have a railway station, the nearest ones are all about 10 km away at Geel (except that this would require changing at Herentals), Herentals or Aarschot. From Herentals it takes 1hr to Bruxelles-Midi (1 train an hour, at 21 mins past the hour on weekdays), from Aarschot slightly less: and from Bxl-Midi 1h22 on Thalys to Paris.

You can get bus as well as train information from http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/ (for Westerlo-Bruxelles-Midi; for onward trip to Paris you'll need the international section or use http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en which is easier for trains only). One possibility (on a Friday) is:

Westerlo-Dorp - Aarschot: De Lijn bus 490: Dep. 06:13 Arr. 06:35

Aarschot-Bruxelles-Midi Train: Dep. 06:45, Arr. 07:21

Bxl-Midi-Paris Thalys: Dep. 07:37 Arr. 08:59

So, you can do it in about 3 hrs each way, although you'll need to check the time of the last bus, especially, on the way back. You could make all times for the trip to Paris an hour later, but it's a big city to get around so you do need a fair amount of time there - a weekend would be much better.

Edited: 5:09 pm, April 22, 2010
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2. Re: Westerlo,Belgium Train/Bus/? How do we travel from Westerlo?

Thank you very much for the information. It sounds like the group will need a rental van or two even if they want to take the trains out of Brussels to other areas. The paris trip may be too much but there are plenty of other options I guess.

Our 11 and 13 year old boys are going with their soccer coachs and other players. The coaches have been over that way before and say it is not hard to drive around. We thought the trains would be better but maybe not.

Any other information about the Westerlo area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again.

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3. Re: Westerlo,Belgium Train/Bus/? How do we travel from Westerlo?

I don't know quite what you mean by a van as we would use that to transport goods, not people, but anyway I fail to see the advantage of hiring two of those rather than one coach. Veronica Cars (note: car means coach in French!) has a 20- and a 26-seater, see veronicacars.be/htmlsite/veronicacarsnv.asp. You could also ask for a quote from: www.grouptravelquote.com/hire.aspx…

Here is the local public transport map: westerlo.be/westerlo/pub/sites/all/modules/f…

De Lijn (Flemish public transport company) bus 510 (and 512) go from Westerlo to Mechelen which is a good destination for a day out, in my opinion. The boys can work some energy off by climbing the belfry! inenuitmechelen.ba.be/en/toerisme/gids2.phtml

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