Travel from London - Brussesl - Antwerp - London

I'd like to travel from London to Brussels departing on 26/12/13, then on to Antwerp on 27/12/13, then return to London on 28/12/13. Can you please advise what ticket I should purchase?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 22, 2013 19:30
    Hi Sandy,

    For the requested travel, you would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website (www.raileurope.com) and entering your search.

    In fact, the Eurostar (the train that connects London and Brussels) happens to offer a special fare for passengers continuing on to other stations in Belgium, including Antwerp. This fare is called an 'ABS' (Any Belgian Station) fare, and it would also be valid in the reverse direction for a return trip from Antwerp back to London, in which case, the ticket we issue for your return train from Brussels to London would be valid to cover the train that connects to it from Antwerp (as long as your train from Antwerp arrives into Brussels within 24 hours of your departure from Brussels to London).

    If you will be departing for Antwerp within 24 hours of your arrival into Brussels from London, you would be able to purchase your tickets at such a rate. The same would apply with regard to your return from Antwerp back to London.

    To be issued the fare that is valid for you to continue on to Antwerp from Brussels, you would still have to search the full route from London to Antwerp. By doing this, you would be issued a specific ticket for the train from London to Brussels that will enable you to continue on to Antwerp at no additional cost. In this case, we will not issue an actual ticket that will display Antwerp as the final destination. The only ticket we issue will show Brussels as the destination. However, you would still only just show this ticket to board any connecting train from Brussels to Antwerp that departs within 24 hours of your arrival into Brussels.

    To verify this is the type of ticket you are purchasing, you would click 'View' listed with the fares when you pull up the results of your search. Next to the options under 'Ticket Flexibility' it would say "Ticket enables travelers while in Belgium, to travel to any Belgian station that offers connections with a Eurostar train to/from Brussels. Traveler is allowed 1 additional trip. All travel must be completed within 24 hours of your Eurostar train arrival/departure."

    Please note, the results of a schedule search for connections from London to Antwerp would show the first possible departure from Brussels to Antwerp that you would be able to make following a particular train's arrival into Brussels from London. Rest assured, that does not mean you would have to take that specific connecting from Brussels to Antwerp. As mentioned above, you can use the ticket we issue for the train from London to Brussels to take any connecting train from Brussels to Antwerp within 24 hours of your arrival into Brussels from London.

    The same would apply with regard to your return. The results of a schedule search for connections from Antwerp to London would show the last possible departure from Antwerp to Brussels that would be able to connect to a particular train's departure out of Brussels for London, but that doesn't mean you would have to take that specific train from Antwerp to Brussels. You would be able to use the ticket for the train from Brussels to London to cover you on any train from Antwerp to Brussels that connects to it within 24 hours.

    If, for your outbound, your planned departure from Brussels to Antwerp is beyond 24 hours of your arrival into Brussels from London, then you would have to purchase a separate ticket for that connecting train from Brussels to Antwerp. To do so, you would purchase these tickets separately by doing one search for trains from London to Brussels and then another search for trains from Brussels to Antwerp.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    While travelling from London to Brussels with Eurostar, which side of the train is more scenic?

    Your early reply will be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Irshas
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 15, 2014 16:35
      Hi Irshas,

      I'm sorry, however, there is no way to say which side of the train is more scenic. In any case, there is also no way to know which side of the train a specific seat number would be on.

      You would purchase tickets and check schedules for trains from London to Brussels (the 'Eurostar') by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route. The Eurostar is unique in that it generally can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The best rates on this train sell out quickly, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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