Which ticket should I buy from Paris to Brugge & Brugge to Amsterdam? Do I need 2 separate tickets or 1 ABS ticket?

Paris to Brugge on 6th July. Brugge to Amsterdam on 7th July. Which ticket should I buy? Do i need to buy two separate tickets or 1 ABS ticket would work for these two routes?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2016 21:32
    Hello,

    A connection from Paris to Bruges takes about 2.5 to 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Brussels en route. The trains from Paris to Brussels are high-speed Thalys trains.

    A connection from Bruges to Amsterdam takes just over 3 hours in duration and also involves changing trains once in Brussels en route. For the segment from Brussels to Amsterdam, you would take a high-speed Thalys train.

    For each of these routes, you can purchase your tickets as 'ABS' tickets. Therefore, an ABS ticket would apply to the connection from Paris to Bruges and a separate ABS ticket would apply to the connection from Bruges to Amsterdam.

    Procedure for booking ABS tickets for a connection from Paris to Bruges

    By doing one search for the full route from Paris to Bruges, you would be issued a special fare for the Thalys from Paris to Brussels that would also be valid for a connecting train to Bruges at no additional cost. This fare is called an 'ABS' (Any Belgian Station) fare. The only ticket we issue would be from Paris to Brussels but, by virtue of being booked as an ABS fare, you can rest assured that it would also be accepted on a connecting train from Brussels to Bruges. You can use the ticket to take any train from Brussels to Bruges within a time period of 48 hours after your arrival into Brussels.

    To verify that it is an ABS ticket you're purchasing, you would just click the 'View' button under the ticket cost that's shown. After you click 'View', a box would expand out underneath with the 'Ticket Flexibility' options. In the text displayed with each of the 'Ticket Flexibility' options, it would explain about the ABS fare.

    Procedure for booking ABS tickets for a connection from Bruges to Amsterdam

    By doing one search for the full route from Bruges to Amsterdam, you would be issued the ABS fare for the Thalys from Brussels to Amsterdam that would also be valid for you take a train from Bruges to Brussels at no additional cost. In this case, the only ticket we issue would be from Brussels to Amsterdam but, by virtue of being booked as an ABS fare, it would also be accepted on a train from Bruges to Brussels that connects to it. You can use the ticket to take any train from Bruges to Brussels as long as it falls within a time period of 48 hours before your scheduled departure from Brussels to Amsterdam.

    To verify that it is an ABS ticket you're purchasing for this route, you would just click the 'View' button under the ticket cost that's shown. After you click 'View', a box would expand out underneath with the 'Ticket Flexibility' options. In the text displayed with each of the 'Ticket Flexibility' options, it would explain about the ABS fare.
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