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Trains: Amsterdam-Bruges 1 night-then to London

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Trains: Amsterdam-Bruges 1 night-then to London

We are planning to leave Amsterdam via train on April 2 and spend one night in Bruges. April 3 we want to head to London via Eurostar. We can arrive later in London on April 3. Two people traveling. Looking for advice on how to plan the trains. Also any charming boutique hotel recommendations in Bruges? 2 people, budget €200.

Thank you for your time.

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1. Re: Trains: Amsterdam-Bruges 1 night-then to London

Amsterdam to Brugge (local Dutch-language name for Bruges): www.nsinternational.nl/en

You have a choice of fast Thalys train to Brussel-Zuid and connecting InterCity train to Brugge, or InterCity train to Antwerpen-Centraal the InterCity train to Brugge. Don;t get hung up on tight connection times,as you don;t get a reservation on InterCity trains so if you miss one, you just hop on the next one.

Brugge-London via Brussel-Zuid: www.eurostar.com

Take an InterCity train from Brugge to Brussel-Zuid, then Eurostar to London (St Pancras International). Note that you need to arrive in Brussels at least 30 minutes before departure of your Eurostar so you can be processed for UK Immigration and undergo a security check - I would recommend allowing an hour. If you book a through ticket from Brugge it will be valid on any InterCity train between Brugge and Brussels that day.

Book as soon as you can because that is a very busy travel period (you did realise it is Easter?)

Edited: 18 January 2018, 09:42
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2. Re: Trains: Amsterdam-Bruges 1 night-then to London

"You have a choice of fast Thalys train to Brussel-Zuid and connecting InterCity train to Brugge, or InterCity train to Antwerpen-Centraal then InterCity train to Brugge"

Actually you can also select Thalys+IC via Antwerpen-Centraal, which is cheaper than via Brussels, but as far as the international IC train is concerned, note that until 8 April 2018, there is work taking place on the IC line (not the Thalys line, which runs parallel to it) in the Netherlands. This means that at your date, there are no direct IC trains between Amsterdam and Antwerp, you would have to change at Rotterdam and/or Roosendaal. See https://www.b-europe.com/EN/Disruptions (in any case the necessary changes will be reflected in the times given by either nsinternational - Dutch Railways - or b-europe - Belgian Railways).

Thalys trains remain direct (work on that line was completed LAST year) and as already noted above, you are not bound to the IC trains suggested by the booking system for the connection between Antwerpen-Centraal and Brugge which (because it is faster), is likely to involve another change at Gent St. Pieters. After getting off the Thalys from Amsterdam or IC from Rotterdam/Roosendaal at Antwerpen-Centraal, you can wait for the DIRECT hourly train to Brugge, and this will also give you some time to enjoy Centraal Station, which is worth a look. As Easter Monday (2 April) is a public holiday in Belgium, trains will be running according to the Sunday schedule, with direct trains from Antwerpen-Centraal to Brugge at 6 mins past each hour e.g. dep. 11:06, arr Brugge 12:35.

Edited: 18 January 2018, 18:53
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3. Re: Trains: Amsterdam-Bruges 1 night-then to London

Thank you so much for the detailed replies.

Yes we are aware of the long weekend after just booking Amsterdam for 4 days prior- busy and $$!

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