We’re tentatively planning a trip to Belgium in April. I’m trying to figure out the best way to actually GET there, given that we live in a small town with spotty airline service. So far, I’m not finding any really great fares; it seems I’m stuck with long layovers (in one case, more than 8 hours!) no matter how I dice it.
I’m curious about trains. I know Europe has WAY nicer train service than the US, and I’m wondering if it would make more sense to, say, fly into/out of Paris or Amsterdam and hop a train to Brussels. For example, if I have a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam to catch a plain to Brussels, it seems like train service might be the way to go. What I’m trying to avoid is getting to Europe, feeling groggy and tired, and having to navigate across an unfamiliar, foreign city from the airport to a train station to get onto the train.
So that’s where you guys come in: where in Europe can I either catch a train directly from the airport, or very quickly and easily get from a major airport to a train station? Preferably a city where a high-speed train gets me to Brussels pretty quickly.