Taking the train from Paris to beautiful Antwerp is fabulously straightforward thanks to the service of direct high speed trains.
Final Destination: Amsterdam
Anvers is the French name for Antwerpen/Antwerp, so look out for Anvers on the departure screens at the Gare Du Nord
All trains also call at: Bruxelles-Midi
For a stress-free journey it's a good idea to be at the Gare Du Nord at least 20 minutes before departure as all passengers taking the Thalys trains have to pass through security checks.
So being at the back of the queue wondering if you'll be able to board in time is a scenario best avoided.
Mon - Thurs = 11 x trains per day
Friday = 13 x trains
Saturday = 7 x trains
Sunday = 9 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: up to 4 months ahead of the travel date
This booking period tends to be shorter when looking up journeys between mid August and mid October.
Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Rail Pass Users:
If you want to travel DIRECT from Paris to Antwerpen/Anvers there's no alternative to paying the fairly expensive reservation fees, which are payable on these Thalys trains.
If you want to avoid the reservation fees completely you will need to follow this routing:
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €29|
|Save A Train||from €29|
|Happy rail||from €29|
This is a journey of two contrasting parts.
Around seven minutes after departure the train will move on to the high speed line and it will then travel at more than 270 km/h for around 80 minutes until it reaches the suburbs of Bruxelles; this is the fastest part of the trip.
On departure from Bruxelles-Midi the train will cross the city centre in a tunnel and the use a conventional railway until Antwerpen; this section of the route isn't at high speed, but it takes up less than 30 minutes of the journey time.
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