Train from Bruges to Ghent

Announcement Board at the Bruges Railway Station

Announcement Board at the Bruges Railway Station

Since this trip was a bit rushed, I didn’t get to plan our route very well, I gave even less thought to where we would be staying. I just booked all our days in Belgium in a hotel in Brussels. I realized our mistake when we had to go out of town to see the rest of the historic sites. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I realized that we should have booked a night each in the cities which we will be going to. Thankfully, Belgium has one of the densest railway networks in the Europe and it is very well connected, such that it probably won’t take more than a couple of hours to travel from one end to another. In our case, Brussels to Bruges took less than two hours.

Train Station at Bruges

Train Station at Bruges

Two hours while not a trivial amount of time, is still bearable when going on tour. Thus, we were going retracing our step as we make our way back to Brussels. We took the high speed train to go to our next destination. We happened to visit Belgium at a time of industrial action. There was supposed to be a train strike in the time we would be there and I was afraid we would not be able to take public transportation. Fortunately, the trains still seemed to be running and there were a lot of them going around the country. Whenever it would happen, I just hope that commuters won’t be adversely affected. The train we got was decent and comfortable. Add the fact that the train wasn’t even full and it really makes for a very comfortable trip. I like traveling by train, since it is not normally as packed and it is fast. In Europe, trains seem to be the norm especially within countries.

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