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It is easy to travel from Paris to Antwerp by train. Every day between seven and nine high-speed Thalys trains leave the French capital for Antwerp. The exact number of departures varies according to the day of the week. As both France and Belgium are party to the Schengen Agreement, you speed across the border between the two countries without passport or customs formalities.
Tickets for your journey from Paris to Antwerp normally go on sale three months prior to travel. This route carries a lot of business traffic, so it pays to book well in advance if you are keen to get a bargain fare. But even closer to your travel date, it’s often still possible to get a reasonably priced ticket if you are prepared to travel on one of the more lightly loaded off-peak services. Look out for some great bargain fares in First Class on off-peak and weekend journeys on this route.
Paris to Antwerp
The direct high-speed Thalys trains to Antwerp leave from Paris Gare du Nord. The route tracks north through Picardie into French Flanders. Just before Lille, the train swings off towards the east, crossing the Belgian border and continuing to its one and only intermediate stop at Brussels Midi. From there, it’s just another 35 minutes on to Antwerp. The entire journey takes about two hours. You’ll arrive at the underground platforms at Antwerp Central, which give little inkling of the glorious station which lies just above. Take time to look around before leaving.
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