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Brussels to Munich

We are planning to travel from Brussels to Munich (arrive in Munich on Sunday 9/27) but I am having a really hard time figuring out what the best way to get there is. We'd like to arrive in Munich early. I've been trying to look at train's but it seems like there are a lot of connections and as you can't see fares for that far off I'm wondering if they would be much higher anyway due to Octoberfest. Thoughts?

Additionally, we'd prefer to go to Bruges but from what I've found it's hard to get to Bruges from London and therefore I'm assuming it would be very hard to get from Bruges to Munich. No?

Thank you!!

Posted by
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there is nothing hard about getting to bruges from london. Take the eurostar from london to brussels, get off the train, change to another train and in an hour you'll be in bruges.

have a look at the Deutsche Bahn scheduling website for your journey from bruges to munich. It won't be particularly difficult, but it will take quite a long time in a bowl for a couple of changes.

For the website follow the links provided in the main information.

Posted by
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The best train schedules from Brugge to Munich take about 8 hours and 2 connections, which is not hard, but you'd probably go a day earlier than your current plan. From Brussels can be done in 7 hours with one change. How to Look Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you the DB train schedule link and tips for using it. To compare flights from Brussels, see www.skyscanner.com; if you find a good price there, you might as well book it now.

Posted by
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I'd suggest flying. Seven hours on a train is a pretty long trip even with nice scenery (which the main lines between those cities don't have particularly), and once you get above six hours or so air usually starts saving time even counting airport procedures and travel too and from airports. Just don't book any budget flights involving "Brussels South" or "Munich-Memmingen/Munich-West" airports, as those are two of the worst in the continent in terms of distance from the city they claim to serve.

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Also, London-Bruges isn't hard at all. You can book a through ticket from the Eurostar website, and it's just a platform change at Brussels Midi station. Also, there are no seat reservations or journey restrictions on Belgian domestic trains, so if you miss the scheduled train from Brussels to Bruges you can just wait for the next one. There are also direct trains from Bruges straight to Brussels airport.