A one-way trip costs €66, half the price of the most common fare of the It's an adventure, not a regular train ride.
And it's become even more unpredictable since December 2012, when the train service between Jeumont (the French border town) and Erquelinnes (the Belgian border town) was suspended.
The , covered the 545 km long route in about eight hours.  During the subsequent decades, the rolling stock was modernised, the capacity of the line was extended with extra trains, and the length of the journey was gradually reduced.
Five years ago I promised my readers I would not fly anymore.
Hopping on a plane would be a hypocritical thing to do when you run a publication called .
The final link between Barcelona and the French border was inaugurated December 15, 2013. The section between Paris and Amsterdam is a busy trajectory with a long history.
The first direct train between Paris and Amsterdam was established in 1927.
At that time, the route was also covered by a night train which took eight hours.
The itinerary of these services is indicated by the red line in the illustration on the right. It takes another, somewhat longer route via Lille, which is depicted by the blue line on the illustration.By 2011, when the whole section was equipped with new high speed track, the travel time of the was a fixed amount calculated according to a rate per kilometre.Converted to the current kilometre charges of the Belgian, French and Dutch railways, a single ticket Paris-Amsterdam over the same route (the blue line) would now cost 66 euro, regardless of whether you buy it two months in advance or right before you leave.However, this is not the time to get lyrical about the pleasures of long-distance train travel.Every year, it becomes harder to keep my promise, and the advance of the high speed train is to blame.Europe has the most amazing railway network in the world.