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Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

by Louisvanniekerk Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I need to travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres on 10 June 2009. I am not keen to rent a car. What is the best mode of transport and the best route? How much time do I need?

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    Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

    by leics Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    If you don't want to rent a car, you can take the train.

    Journey takes around 6+ hours, with several changes.

    Ican't get the Dutch railway website:

    ns.nl/cs/Satellite/traveller...

    to give me details (I can't find the international journey search). Hopefully a Dutch VT-er can help.

    But if you look at the Deutsche Bahn site:

    bahn.de/international/view/e...

    you will at least see the train times and details of changes, in English. It won't give you fares though.

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    Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

    by MacedonianUK Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    You can take train from Maastricht to Liege, there are several a day from Maastricht. price €6.50
    From there TALYS to Paris. TALYS takes about 2.30h.Look for offers on www.dbahn.de
    BTW, TALYS goes Cologne-Paris
    From Paris to Riems and onwards to Charleville-Mezieres .
    Or you can go to Liege and from there local train to Chaleroi and from there to Riems via Charleville-Mezieres.
    I think that the last option is better as is less in time and only 2 changes.
    Chek Maastricht Tourist info website on www.vvv-maastricnt.eu
    Handy website for lots of Dutch travel info is www.9292.nl
    Hope this helps
    MacedonianUK

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    Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

    by leics Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    http://www.thalys.com/

    will give you Thalys train times and fares.

    www.sncf.com will give you French train times and fares.

    http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/ will give you Belgian train times and fares.

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    Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

    by Pijlmans Online Now Apr 20, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Hi,

    Might want to try this as well for international train travel: http://www.nshispeed.nl/

    Cheers,
    Dennis

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  • Re: Travel from Maastricht to Charleville-Mezieres, France

    by K_V_B Online Now Apr 21, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    Travelin all the way by train is not going to be straightforward, as there are no longer any trains northbound in to Belgium from Charlesville-Mezieres. There is a solution using a bus however. This goes as follows:

    - Take train from Maastricht to Dinant. Trains run every hour.
    For example: Maasticht dep. 10:09, arr Dinant 12:46. Change in Liége and Namur.
    - In Dinant take the bus to Givet in France. Bus line is nr 154a, runs about every hour or so. Complete schedules can be found on www.infotec.be. Click "horaires" on the start page, and then enter the line nr.
    Departure Dinant 12:55, arrival Givet 13:32.
    - In Givet take train at 13:49, arrival in Charleville at 14:58.

    Total time just under 5 hours.

    Note 1: In France trains run not according to clockface schedules like in the civlized parts of Europe, so leaving at another time will mena that connections might not be so convenient.
    Note 2: Prices for Maastricht - Dinant can be found on www.nmbs.be (Maastricht is a Belgian station for pricing purposes), and for the French trains on www.sncf.fr You're only taking domestic and regional trains here, and a cross border bus, so it will probably be a lot cheaper than the suggestes routes via Paris or Lille involving a TGV...

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