Is Saint Pancras to Brussels Midi an inbound/outbound UK trip?

  • 6 December 2022
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I have a Global rail pass and was planning to travel Manchester to Saint Pancras, then on to Brussels Midi on the 3rd Jan as an outbound trip.

Due to a UK strike on the 3rd I can only do the Manchester to St Pancras section on the 2nd. The St Pancras to Brussels is still booked for the 3rd (£280 if I want to change to the 2nd).

Can anyone advise if the St Pancras to Brussels counts as an Inbound/outbound leg or could I use one of my additional travel days for the St Pancras to Brussels trip?


Best answer by Al_G 6 December 2022, 15:01

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Just to add that you should keep an eye on your Eurostar plans too. They are not the subject of strikes by their own staff but the action against Network Rail can cause disruption to their services, more likely the possibility of reductions/delays rather than outright collapse of the service.

Thankyou. That is very helpful.

I’ve booked a hotel for the night in London and can now have a day sightseeing in London.

That would have been my preference anyway if the Inbound/Outbound restrictionss weren’t so restrictive.


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This is the official page for information for passengers on the ongoing industrial action.

Details are currently only published for earlier dates but there is no reason to assume it won’t be exactly the same ticket acceptance for future strike days.

It is quite clear that tickets for the strike days will be valid on the day/s before and after. There is no exceptions or caveats given, your interrail is just as valid as any other ticket for this rule.


Under no circumstances should you add the replacement travel day to either a mobile or paper pass if you will also need to use the pass on the strike day.


Enter the strike day on your pass and enter the equivalent of the trains you take for that day, if challenged explain that to add the correct day will mean using an additional date and you are availing of the agreement to allow tickets for strike days to be used on the day before.


I would say it is unlikely you will have any issues with this, the staff are in dispute with the Government and their employers not their passengers so it is not in their interest to harass passengers over strike day tickets.

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When there are strikes in the UK there has been information about the possibility to use the ticket for date of the Eurostar travel to travel within UK the day before/after the strike. You can search for previous post on the subject in the Community. 

You need a valid travel day to travel on the Eurostar. 

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There MAY be the tiny small chance that they give you some compensation for it-do not count on that. In fact that may look more like: use that Virgin-nownewname train to LON labelled as on 3d but use on 2nd. You have to plea with them to get that done-or not. Perhaps there are some general strike rules for tickets?

IF not (there are likely people who know far better as me how that works now that EU-rules apply no more-- Brexit) do the sums: what works out as best value-fly back to MAN from somewhere at end-or if die hard ´allonrails!!´what is lowest extra to pay in fares: to LON, or coming back (but use €* is then also impossible as you need to have global pass valid in all countries on that day.

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St. Pancras to Brussels is an outbound trip.