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Rail Pass

My wife and I are traveling to England, Belgium and departing from Amsterdam in September. While in England we will be based in London but would like to visit relatives in York. In Belgium we plan to visit Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp and finish our holiday in Amsterdam. Since we plan to do all of our travels by rail Is there a rail pass that would cover all of the above travel plans? Thank you.

Claude Laneville

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Definitely no! The Eurostar isn't covered by a railpass. Tickets available at a discount months in advance. For Belgium & Netherlands, just buy at the station. As Emily states, seat61 website gives wonderful European train info.

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If you are doing a lot of rail travel in Belgium it would be worth getting the so-called Belgian Rail Pass, which is actually a ticket entitling you to ten one-way rail journeys in Belgium for 76 euros. You can share it with your wife but that means each of you counts as one separate journey of the ten. It does not cover Eurostar or trips across the border into the Netherlands.

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  • No, there isn't a rail pass that covers all your plans. BritRail passes (for three days or more) are separate from those for the continent and the Eurostar train in between doesn't accept rail passes.
  • If your only train travel in Britain is London-York roundtrip, then booking ahead can get you roundtrip and/or advance purchase discounts.
  • Book now for the best rates on Eurostar; the same ticket can cover you from Brussels to Any Belgian City within 24 hours, so look for the feature when booking, if Brussels is not your destination.
  • In Belgium, seniors (65 and older) can hop any train for just €6 round-trip, provided it's not a high-speed express (or Thalys) train, and provided it's not a weekday before 9 a.m.