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There are 6 ways to get from Paris to Ostend by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Brussels

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Ostende

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Lille
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Bruges

Train

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Courtrai
  3. Take the train from Courtrai to Ostende

Train #2

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare du Nord to Lille Europe
  2. Take the train from Courtrai to Ostende

Drive

  1. Drive from Magenta to Ostend

Fly, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Brussels (BRU)
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Ostende

Paris to Ostend by train

The train journey time between Paris and Ostend is around 3h 10m and covers a distance of around 423 km. This includes an average layover time of around 36 min. Operated by Thalys and Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), the Paris to Ostend train service departs from Paris Nord and arrives in Ostende. Typically 140 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

140 Weekly Trains
3h 10m Average Duration
€89 Cheapest Price
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Yes, entry into Belgium is currently allowed from France.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • There are no current restrictions

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ostend is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ostend is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Ostend is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, returning to France from Belgium is currently allowed.

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Ostend is to bus which costs €20 - €35 and takes 5h 20m.

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The fastest way to get from Paris to Ostend is to drive which takes 2h 52m and costs €50 - €80.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Ostend. However, there are services departing from Paris Nord and arriving at Ostende via Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 10m.

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The distance between Paris and Ostend is 265 km. The road distance is 302.9 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Ostend without a car is to train via Brussels which takes 3h 10m and costs €85 - €180.

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It takes approximately 3h 10m to get from Paris to Ostend, including transfers.

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Paris to Ostend train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Paris Nord station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Ostend is to train via Brussels which takes 3h 10m and costs €85 - €180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €20 - €35 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Paris to Ostend train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Ostende station.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Ostend.
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  • Distance: 265.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 10m

What companies run services between Paris, France and Ostend, Belgium?

You can take a train from Magenta to Ostend via Bruxelles-Midi in around 3h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Paris Bercy to Ostend via Lille, Bruges, and Bruges in around 5h 20m.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€75 - €160
Website
Thalys
Standard
€75 - €110
Comfort
€90 - €120
Premium
€110 - €160
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Bruxelles-Midi to Ostende
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€11 - €17
1st Class
€17 - €26
Train from Courtrai to Ostende
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €13
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €13
1st Class
€13 - €19
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Lille Flandres to Courtrai
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €17
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€5 - €8
Rail 1st Class
€11 - €17
Train from Paris Gare du Nord to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €60
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€28 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €60
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Lille
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lille to Bruges
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Lille
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Ostend is 303 km. It takes approximately 2h 52m to drive from Paris to Ostend.

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Brussels Airlines offers flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 317+ hotels available in Ostend. Prices start at €100 per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is to train which takes 34 min and costs €5 - €8.

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