Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels

Hi, I have 2 questions to ask. I will be travelling from Paris CDG airport to Brussels right after touch down. My flight is scheduled to arrive at 6.45am, I'm not sure how long it will takes for passport clearance and baggage claim and distance to train station. In the online purchase website, you will need to specify the date and time for the train ticket. I only have 2 days in Belgium, i don't want to waste my precious time at the airport waiting for the train. What is your advise about what time to choose for the ticket? Im thinking to catch the 8am train but it may seems to rush. Assuming i missed the train, can I use the ticket for next train?My next question is, i will take flight from Brussels to Nice, stay for few days then take train back to Paris and may be visit nearby areas such as Normandy, etc. My question is will it be cheaper to buy rail passes? I'm travelling with my wife and 2 kids aged 12 and 14. Travel at year end. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 15, 2019 15:57
    Hi Kheng,

    There are direct trains to Brussels that leave right out of a rail station right in the Paris CDG Airport. The station is located in Terminal 2 at Paris CDG.

    At the airport itself, the time it takes to get from the gate to the trains can depend on several factors. I would just recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take for you to walk through a typical major North American airport and retrieve luggage. It is also recommended that you allow an additional hour to get through customs if your flight is arriving from overseas.

    Trains from the Paris CDG Airport to Brussels are Brussels-France TGV trains. Tickets on a Brussels-France TGV include a reservation and are not able to be used for any train other than the one you booked. They would not be valid on a later train. On these trains, the most flexible tickets are only exchangeable prior to your train's departure time, which would not do you any good in the case of flight delay.

    You would purchase tickets by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For trains departing specifically out of Paris CDG, you would just have to type 'Paris Airport' in the field for the departure city.

    Whether or not you should purchase a rail pass really depends on the specifics of where you want to go while you're there and how much travel you'll be doing. If you'll just be doing one trip from Nice to Paris and then one round-trip between Paris and a destination in Normandy, then it may not be worth it for you to get a rail pass, in which case, you would just stick to purchasing regular tickets. You can check costs for the Eurail France Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911.

    If you do purchase the Eurail France Pass, your train from Nice to Paris (TGV trains) would still require reservations as a supplement to the pass, as would your train from Paris to somewhere in Normandy most likely. Therefore, you would want to account for reservation costs when determining whether or not the rail pass option is worth it for you. For travel with a rail pass, you would check passholder reservation costs by searching a route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass’).

    Even with the Eurail France Pass, you would still need regular tickets for your train from Paris CDG to Brussels, because the Eurail France Pass would not be valid on this route.

    Generally, the Paris CDG to Brussels train and trains operating within France all can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date. Trains from Paris CDG to Brussels and Nice to Paris can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that these trains be booked as soon as it becomes possible.
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  • Hi Jeff,
    Thank you so much for the information, it is very helpful for a first timer like myself. If i allow 3 hrs for passport clearance, baggage claim and custom clearance do you think it is doable? Which means i will catch the 10am train to Brussels. I saw there is a 9am train but the travel duration is longer, more than 2 hrs if I'm not wrong. Is this a different type of train?

    By the way, does your company provides other services like booking of hotel, flight ticket etc? Basically i will be arriving in Paris in the morning of 21-Dec and leaving Paris on 30-Dec. I have 9 days for the holiday. It will be a lot earlier if I'm able to get a travel company to do all the arrangements. I did that last year in Greece where local travel agent gave suggestion and arrangements for the trip and i found it a lot easier. They booked hotel, purchased flight/ ferry ticket. Pickup and drop off from/to airport/ferry terminal etc.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 16, 2019 16:16
      Hi Kheng,

      I'm sorry, we do not offer flights or hotels, and we are not a travel agency. We are sell rail tickets and rail passes for the various national rail networks and train companies in Europe.

      Also, we are not able to choose a specific departure for you. You can use the information I provided above to make a decision about which train to pick.

      All direct trains from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels are high-speed trains. Most are Brussels-France TGV trains, but there are also a couple Thalys trains. Even though they are all 'high-speed', some trips might take slightly longer than others. The ones that a little longer would just make a couple more stops on the way. The Thalys trains do not make any stops en route between Paris CDG and Brussels. Most of the Brussels-France TGV trains only stop once in Lille along the way. The Brussels-France TGV trains that take a little bit longer make 2 additional stops.

      The Brussels-France TGV and Thalys trains can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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  • I understand that Thalys trains are not departing from CDG airport. How difficult it is to go to the nearest Thalys station? I'm getting all possible info in case i need to use Thalys train. Thanks again.
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  • I have another question. Flight from Brussels to Nice by Easy Jet is in the evening which is not so suitable for my schedule. Sky scanner mention that I can also take the flight from Lilie, France to Nice which is available in the morning and it is a lot cheaper. My question is How difficult it is to go from Brussels to Lilie airport by train?
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  • Hello Jeff,
    I have booked a hotel near Grand Place in Brussels. I will be arriving at Brussels MIDI station by TGV train from CDG airport.

    1) I read in the website that I need to take another train to Brussels Central Station. I assume that the TGV train terminates at the MIDI station. Would you be able to help me out on how to go to central station?

    2) Can I use the TGV ticket to travel to Brussels central station?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 29, 2019 18:00
      Hi Kheng,

      I do believe that the Brussels Central station is the closest station to Grand Place. However, Brussels Midi is the main station in Brussels, which is where the 'Brussels-France TGV' trains arrive into from Paris CDG.

      At Midi, you can easily connect to a train to Central. Trains from Midi to Central depart every few minutes throughout the day and the ride only takes 3 or 4 minutes. Your 'Brussels-France TGV' ticket from Paris CDG to Brussels Midi is not valid on those short connecting trains to Central. Therefore, you would just pay to board locally and it would only be a small fee.
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