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Reloadable Train Card for Belgium - 12 day trip

This will be my first solo trip to Belgium. I"m doing slow travel for 12 nights, flying into Brussels airport, then off to Ghent for 4 nights, Bruges for 3 nights and 5 nights in Brussels. What's the best card or passes to travel via train and buses throughout these cities? Is there a national reloadable card or do I have to buy a different card for each city? Thanks for your help.

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Belgian cities are quite small so if you can walk a bit, you won't be needing to many buses in the cities. You mostly pay a cheap rate per hour and can go wherever you want in 1 hour. 10 trip passes are also an option.

Train depends on your age. Young people (<26) or elderly people (65+) get a nice discount so this rate is almost always favorable. In weekends you can get a weekend rate if you opt for a two way ticket. Then you'll get a 50% discount. For longer distances a 10 trip ticket is an affordable option. Don't use it for a short distance as a normal ticket will be cheaper.

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as just said above. The same bus and tram system is throughout Flanders so except for Brussels you will be on De Lijn. A day ticket in Gent is also valid in Bruges.

Key - are you either a Youth or a Senior?

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Nigel, we will be in the country next spring. As seniors, can we get the senior discount with the tap mode, or do we need to purchase senior tickets? Thanks so much!

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33338 posts

you need the super spifty senior tickets - incredible fares

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I don't qualify for any of the special fares, not under 26 years old or over 65 years old. How do you buy the 10 trip pass for short distance travel? Do I have to go to the ticket counter to buy?

I read about the contactless payment, can I just use my contactless credit card, or do I need to register my credit card with the transportation website? I've never done contactless payment for transport, is it safe?