My bro and i booked a ticket to paris thinking we were going to have a bit more time/$ then we prob will and dont want to rush our time in Belgium/AMS/Lux. Could we land in Paris and train it straight from there to Brussels? Or could we train it from the airport directly to Normandy as we would really like to tour the war sites there...
I'm confused: are you flying to Paris, or to Beauvais, which is almost 100kms from Paris?
Assuming the latter: there is a bus from the airport to Amiens. Amiens is a good base to explore the northern coast, and has a good train connection to Rouen/Le Havre and the other sites that are of interest.
From Amiens, a train goes to Lille, where you can change for Brussels. This route takes about 6 hours. Alternatively, I am sure that Ryanair has some kind of shuttle service into Paris, from where you can take a direct train. I assume this option to be more expensive, though.
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 23:49 by bentivogli ]
You can do either, so far as I know. If you land at CDG, you'll have to bus it to the train station to catch a train to Normandy (I can't remember the station offhand now--sorry!). Or you can take the train straight to Brussels. If you're touring both places, I don't see that starting at one or the other will make much of a difference.
Enjoy your trip!
Apologies, we are flying into beauvais as we went with a cheap ryanair flight before we read about how far away from everything it was.
How much does a train cost from Paris to Brussels? Or the option out of Amiens?
For people reading this thread in the future, my brother and I were able to book a bus out of Paris to Brussels the night before for about 23 euro.