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Trains trains and more trains : Paris - Brussels (and day-trips to Bruges and Tienen) - The Hague - Amsterdam

I am wondering what is the best option for train travel. We will be traveling from Paris to Brussels then onto The Hauge and then on to Amsterdam. Now we are looking to do side trips while in Brussels to Bruges and possibly Tienen. These would just be short day trip. What would be the best rail pass? There are just so many trains
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 16, 2016 17:55
    Hi Heather,

    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 trains from Paris to Brussels 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.

    Your other trains (Brussels to The Hague, Brussels-Bruges round-trip, Brussels-Tienen round-trip, and The Hague to Amsterdam) don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Benelux Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you still check schedules on our site for the trains from The Hague to Amsterdam and Brussels to Bruges. To do so,

    In contrast, schedules for the direct trains from Brussels to The Hague and trains from Brussels and Tienen are both not able to be viewed on our website.

    For your reference:

    - The direct trains from Brussels to The Hague depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes 2.5 hours.

    - The trains between Brussels and Tienen depart about 3 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes 40 to 50 minutes in duration.
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