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Our cruise out of Southampton will leave on a Sunday. We will arrive at LHR on the Wednesday morning before and are thinking about spending the days before visiting Bruges, Belgium. We recently spent a week in London so were looking for something different than staying there and we have not been to Belgium before so it looks pretty doable.

 

We flew into LHR instead of Brussels because we got really cheap airfare from JFK->LHR for the summertime. So we need to figure out the best way to get to Bruges from LHR and then we need to figure out how to go from Bruges to Southampton to get on the cruise.

 

I imagine that the choices are buying a 1-way flight from LHR->Brussels or taking the Eurostar to Brussels. Does anyone have an opinion on which would be easier/less headache? 

 

On the way back, I'd probably feel better leaving Belgium in the late afternoon on Saturday to make sure that we are in London at least by Sunday morning to get down to Southampton.

 

Has anyone tried the overnight ferry as an option from Belgium to the area east of London? Not sure if that would be a logistical nightmare as an option?

 

Thanks for any tips or suggestions,

Cindy

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Flying LHR to Brussels seems a no-brainer since you are already there. Brugge is a 90 minute train ride from there.

 

Ferries are out of the question for the return, but there are a couple of alternatives: The train (Eurostar via Brussels and London) or a flight from Brussels to Bristol (A small regional airport and a lot nicer than LHR); taxi to Bristol Station and a train to Southampton. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Bob++ said:

Flying LHR to Brussels seems a no-brainer since you are already there. Brugge is a 90 minute train ride from there.

 

Ferries are out of the question for the return, but there are a couple of alternatives: The train (Eurostar via Brussels and London) or a flight from Brussels to Bristol (A small regional airport and a lot nicer than LHR); taxi to Bristol Station and a train to Southampton. 

 

 

 

Train to Amsterdam, fly straight to Southampton/SOU.  Much easier than trying to transition through Bristol.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, scottbee said:

 

Train to Amsterdam, fly straight to Southampton/SOU.  Much easier than trying to transition through Bristol.

That makes sense.

 

 

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