Whatever the weather – but maybe particularly in the winter months when walking along the promenade or on the beach isn’t so pleasant – a great way to explore the Belgian coast is by tram. That’s what Carol from The Eternal Traveller blog did, and here’s her interesting post:

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Belgium is famous for its beautiful cities filled with medieval architecture, chocolate shops and breweries. While all of those are wonderful experiences, a day spent riding on the Coastal Tram is a great way to leave the bustling tourist areas behind and explore the coast of Flanders.

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The tram line is in its 128th year of service and at 69 km is the longest in the world. It runs between Knokke-Heist in northern Flanders and De Panne in the south, with 70 stops along the way. A day ticket costs €5 and includes unlimited travel and stops. Many of the stops are in the centre of towns or close to beaches and walking paths, and the trams run every 15 minutes so it’s easy to get off and explore for a while before travelling further.

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Along the way there are many treasures to be discovered. The Belgium Pier in…

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19 comments on “Tootling Along

  1. I prefer to walk, even in winter.

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  2. We had such a fun day on the tram. We’d seen it on the television show “Coast” and added it to our itinerary.

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  3. Pat Gerrie

    Great experience in all weathers.

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  4. Hans De Keulenaer

    A great idea and one of the items on my list. It should be fun to explore the deserted coastal towns in Belgium, taking a coffee in one of the rare shops that are still open. Belgium is a country with very pronounced seasons.

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  5. What a fantastic way to spend a (chilly) day. And, at a good price as well. Adding it to the list when we are back. 🙂

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    • It’s particularly helpful when you walk along the beach with the wind behind you, and then turn around and let the tram fight against the wind on your return journey!

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  6. Nice of you to share this, Denzil. I missed it while I was in the Algarve. I love trams and would have been more than happy to hibernate on one when we were in Ostende 40 years ago. It was freezing! 🙂 🙂

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  7. Denzil, thank you for featuring The Eternal Traveler. I really enjoyed this post, first because I love trams and trains, and then because the photos and bits of history were all fascinating. Belgium is a country that takes advantage of its location against the North Sea and doesn’t let the weather intimidate it. Should we ever have the chance to travel, your beautiful country is on my list.

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    • Thanks Sharon. Although I have popped on and off the coastal tram over the years, I have never spent long on it. I am sure there are people who go from end to end. Apparently it takes 2 hours 20 minutes. If you then go back on it, that’s a lot of tram-sitting!

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  8. Great share Denzil. Looks like a wonderful place.

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  9. De tram langs de kust is een fantastisch middel om je te verplaatsen

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