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New bus and train lines to increase travel through Brussels

BlaBlaBus opened a line connecting Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris as part of a plan to add more lines by year's end. Credit: BlaBlaBus

Belgium will have more options for international transport than before after BlaBlaCar, the car sharing service, launched BlaBlaBus on Monday, and FlixTrain submitted plans for a new rail line between Brussels and Paris.

BlaBlaBus, a long-distance low-cost bus service, officially opened its first line connecting Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris on Monday, according to a press release.

BlaBlaCar purchased the French bus company Ouibus in 2018, and by the end of this year, Ouibus will transition fully to BlaBlaBus.

The service will operate 16 routes this summer through the Benelux region. In Belgium, BlaBlaBus has routes to Amsterdam, Paris, Rotterdam, and The Hague, among others.

The BlaBlaBus buses come equipped with wifi and power outlets, and ticket prices start at 10 euro for a trip from Amsterdam to Paris.

The German train company FlixTrain sent plans to Arafer, the French train regulator, for several lines in France, one of which would go from Paris-Nord to Brussels-North. The line would open sometime around the end of next year, according to Bruzz.

Sam Nelson
The Brussels Times