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Question about Escapade ticket

Kristianstad, Sweden
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Question about Escapade ticket

I am looking into taking a day trip to Dinant using the Escapade offer. Does anyone know if this ticket has to be time-specific? I would prefer if I can return whenever I want, much depending on weather etc. When looking at online booking it wants it to be time specific, is it also that if you buy it at the station?

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Champlon, Belgium
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1. Re: Question about Escapade ticket

The ticket has to be date specific both ways with the return date up to 1 month after the outward, but not train specific. The problem seems to be that the CFL international on-line ticketing system is set up to be train specific, which is understandable as it is probably mainly used for TGV tickets. You can buy an Escapade ticket at the international ticket window at Luxembourg gare.

Kristianstad, Sweden
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2. Re: Question about Escapade ticket

Thank you, all good then. I changed my itinerary to this

Day 1: land in Luxembourg, half day in the city. 3 nights at hotel

Day 2: full day in the city

Day 3: day trip to Belgium (Dinant) in the morning. Lots of train traveling but I am used to it!

Day 4: train to Metz, spend the day and night there

Day 5: train from Metz back to Luxembourg and fly home

Originally I was going to visit Belgium in May but I ended up not going due to a number of reasons, and this trip is my last in this part of Europe for quite some time so I would like to see a bit of Belgium and France also.

Edited: 11 June 2018, 05:57
Kristianstad, Sweden
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3. Re: Question about Escapade ticket

By the way, is there a special reason why regular (i.e not special offer) cross-border train tickets are extra expensive in the Benelux region and France? Up here in the north of Europe a train is never more expensive because it cross a border, all part of the same network to suit "gränspendlare" (people who live in one country but works in the neighboring country).

Edited: 11 June 2018, 19:03
Champlon, Belgium
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4. Re: Question about Escapade ticket

There are special fare arrangements available to the tens of thousands of "frontaliers" who travel between Belgium, France and Germany and the Grand Duchy every working day.

As for ordinary tickets, they are more expensive where a border is crossed because the operating costs are higher.

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