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It is an easy journey by train from London to The Hague (Den Haag) in the Netherlands. The journey starts with a high-speed run on Eurostar from London to Brussels Midi, where you change onto an Intercity train for the onward journey over the Dutch border to The Hague. Your ticket for the Intercity service from Brussels to The Hague is not tied to any particular train, so if you wish you can break your journey in Brussels for a few hours.
While Eurostar tickets go on sale six months in advance, tickets for the cross-border Intercity journey from Brussels to The Hague do not go on sale until much closer to the date of travel – sometimes only a couple of months in advance, and only then is it possible to buy a through ticket from London to The Hague. In some cases it makes sense to buy two separate tickets.
London to Brussels
Board a Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels. Little more than an hour after leaving London you’ll already be in northern France, speeding through Flanders fields towards Lille Europe, where almost all Brussels-bound Eurostar trains make an intermediate stop. Some trains make up to three additional stops – at Ebbsfleet, Ashford and Calais.
From Lille, it is just 35 minutes to Brussels, where Eurostar trains terminate at Brussels Midi station. Trains run every five minutes from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central (for the city centre). Your Eurostar ticket is valid for this short onward hop within Brussels.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Brussels to The Hague
The Intercity service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Brussels Midi hourly and makes nine intermediate stops on its journey to The Hague (Den Haag). These include a very useful alternative Brussels pickup point at Brussels Central, very close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city. The train also stops at Brussels National Airport, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
The journey from Brussels to The Hague takes 2 hrs 30 mins and is full of interest as the train tracks north through densely populated country to the Dutch border and beyond. In The Hague you’ll alight at a station called Den Haag HS.
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