Paris to Bruges, Bruges to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Tienen, Tienen to Amsterdam. What is the best way to accomplish this?

Ok so here is what I would like to do...
Travel from Paris to Burges...Day 1
Burges to Amsterdam...Day 2
Amsterdam to Tienen then back to Amsterdam in the same day. Day3
I hope that makes sense. I want to know the best way to accomplish this trip at the cheapest cost.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2016 16:58
    Hi Heather,

    A connection from Paris to Bruges takes just under 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Brussels en route. From Paris to Brussels, you would be on a high-speed Thalys train.

    The shortest connections from Bruges to Amsterdam take just over 2.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Ghent and then once in Antwerp. From Antwerp to Amsterdam, you would be on a high-speed Thalys train.

    Tienen is just outside of Brussels, so it would make more sense to travel there from Brussels, instead of when you're in Amsterdam. A train ride from Brussels to Tienen only takes 40 to 50 minutes in duration. The shortest connections from Amsterdam to Tienen take just over 2.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes en route; once in Antwerp and then once in Leuven. From Amsterdam to Antwerp, you would be on a high-speed Thalys train.

    For your travels, you can purchase a 'Eurail Benelux Pass'. When purchasing a pass, you would generally have to account for all of the countries being traveled through; however, the 'Eurail Benelux Pass' (the pass that covers travel in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) also happens to be valid on the trains from Paris to Brussels (high-speed Thalys trains). Considering this, the pass you would want to purchase for your itinerary is the 'Eurail Benelux Pass' and you would not even have to include France.

    You would purchase the 'Eurail Benelux Pass' here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-benelux-pass/index.html.

    The Thalys trains (i.e. Paris to Brussels and Antwerp to Amsterdam) would just require reservations in addition to the pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Benelux Pass'). Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The other trains are trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass would be all you'd need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still check schedules on our site for the trains from Brussels to Bruges, Bruges to Ghent, and Ghent to Antwerp. When you pull up the results of a search from Ghent to Antwerp, our site will display 'Berchem' as the station of arrival in Antwerp; however, you would actually have to switch to the Thalys train (to Amsterdam) at the Antwerp Central station. Rest assured, all of the direct trains from Ghent to Antwerp stop at the Antwerp Central station just 6 minutes after they are shown to be arriving into the Berchem station on our site. Therefore, you would just stay on the train and get off at the Central station when it stops there.

    Schedules for trains between Brussels and Tienen are not able to be viewed on our site. For your reference, these trains depart about 3 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes 40 to 50 minutes in duration.

    Trains that comprise of the connection from Antwerp to Tienen (as part of a connection from Amsterdam to Tienen) are also not able to be viewed on our site. For your reference, the trains from Antwerp to Leuven depart 2 to 3 times every hour, and the ride only takes about an hour in duration. Trains from Leuven to Tienen depart 3 to 6 times every hour, and the ride is only about 10 to 15 minutes.
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