Amsterdam to Brussels
Thalys is an international high-speed train operator originally built around the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. This track is shared with Eurostar trains that go from Paris or Brussels to London via Lille and the Channel Tunnel and also, together with French domestic TGV trains.
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If your journey includes Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France, the high-speed Thalys train is your ticket.
|Arriving in Brussels, Belgium
The Thalys is also known as: The “Red Train”.
Thalys provides direct links to 17 cities in all and you can travel from Paris to Brussels in Belgium – under ninety minutes. Today, we board the Thalys from Amsterdam – bound for Brussels.
The Thalys train makes over 50 round-trips per day, so there’s ample trains to suit travel schedules. And with speed on your side, you’ll have plenty of time to take in all of the ambiance and the attractions – not to mention those wonderful window views.
Thalys offers a wide variety of other on-board accommodations and services.
Relaxed, we stretched out comfortably in our reclining seat, we took in the view of the changing skyline…
|A sign pole showing directions, pointing towards the popular landmarks and sights in Brussels
…Before arriving in Brussels!
Coming in from Amsterdam Centraal, we arrived in the South Terminal Station of Brussels.
English: Brussels – South
French: Brussel – Zuid
Dutch: Bruxelles – Midi
The station has many names in different languages but they basically mean the same thing – Brussels South.
|The signature rainbow flag. I’m sure you know what it all means!
Brussels is the de-facto capital of the European Union.
Brussels city is quickly becoming a trendy spot for weekend getaways and holidays. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers there are many attractions like a “Peeing boy” for example, that most visitors cannot begin to imagine.
It is a center of European culture, officially nicknamed ‘the European Village’, with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants and bars.
The country is very bilingual and languages widely spoken are French & Dutch.
Brussels is the perfect city for holidays with family and friends, or even with colleagues as a team-building event. There is a lot to learn about the history of the city, the architecture, the Belgian obsession with comic strips, and not forgetting – the art of chocolate and beer.
Relationship building anyone?
Getting to Brussels is quite easy; Brussels airport and Charleroi airport both welcome cheap flights. Then, there are high-speed trains from London, Paris and Amsterdam – an intercity train network that can bring you from all over Europe; getting here by ferry is also possible!
Brussels travel is considered cheap when compared to London and Paris, with a touch of charm and elegance.
Hotel accommodation includes luxury hotels, star-rated hotels, hostels and apartments for rent. Hotels can be booked online long before you arrive, a great tip for very reasonable prices.
In the city, public transport is easy to use; another great tip is to find the nearest metro stops on a Brussels map before you book accommodation. This way, the city center and main tourist attractions were easily accessible.
Hop-on hop-off buses are also available and travel passes are included with a museum pass.
Called the Brussels Card, this handy item makes it very simple and great travel companion.
With all these in stored in mind, we then proceeded to check in to our accommodation before heading for our next destination.
Can you guess where??
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