German rail firm telling passengers from Brussels to go via London

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The rail trip from Brussels to the Dutch port of Hook of Holland is simple.

A high speed Thalys train takes just over a hour from Midi station in the Belgian capital to Rotterdam Centraal. A five-minute metro train to Schiedam Centraal interfaces with Metro Line B, which gets you to Hook of Holland in less than 30 minutes.

Voyagers can complete the whole journey inside two hours. Be that as it may, Europe’s largest rail association, Deutsche Bahn, suggests rather a 14-hour long distance version that includes going via London.

The historic line from Rotterdam to Hook of Holland has been changed over to a metro line on the Dutch city’s Metro framework.

As a result the bahn.de website run by the German rail venture doesn’t recognise it as the proper way to arrive at Hook of Holland from Brussels.

Rather, explorers looking for the quickest route are encouraged to take the 6.17pm TGV rapid train from Midi station to Lille Europe, at that point change to Eurostar to London St Pancras.

No guidance is given for how to head across London to London Liverpool Street station, where Britain’s last boat train to Harwich in Essex is standing by.

After two hours, the voyager at last begins heading for the Netherlands port on board a Stena Line ship, which takes eight hours and arrives at 8am the next morning.

The total cost for a “on the day ticket purchase” is around £200, not including the expense of a berth on the ferry.

Verses, a ticket purchased on the day costs around €71 (£63).