Travelling by train in Belgium

Discover one of Europe’s most diverse countries by rail. Known for its variety of beers, taste a different beer in every Belgium city - with your Interrail pass. Seize the opportunity to visit the cosmopolitan capital of Brussels and other vibrant cities like Bruges and Antwerp. In Belgium, when the train stops in every city, a new adventure begins.

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Trains in Belgium
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Interrail passes for Belgium
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Canal in Bruges

Canal in Bruges

Old town of Ghent

Old town of Ghent

Grande Place in Brussels

Grande Place in Brussels

Mountain biking in the Belgian Ardennes

Mountain biking in the Belgian Ardennes

Train station of Antwerp, Belgium

Train station of Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium quick facts

 
  • Population: 11 million

  • Language: Flemish, French, German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +32

Trains in Belgium

 
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Places to visit

 
Belgian Ardennes
Belgian Ardennes

Ardenne adventure

For those in need of outdoor activity, the Ardennes is a place that has everything you need to ignite your adrenaline reserves. Get hiking or biking around the Ardennes woods, or kayak, white-water raft or fish within the fast-flowing rivers that have carved this area. Journey around this flora- and fauna-rich corner of Belgium and stop off at some of the pretty little villages along the way, including La Roche-en-Ardenne. The town of Dinant is also a good base from which to enjoy fun outdoor pursuits, such as abseiling, paintballing and climbing.

To reach La Roche-en-Ardenne take a train to Namur or Liége and from there take a bus. The centre of Dinant is a 5-minute walk from the train station.

Grand place, Brussels
Grand place, Brussels

Brussels: The EU’s centre

As the nucleus of the European Union and home to the NATO headquarters, you would be right to expect Brussels (Bruxelle, Brussel) to have a multi-cultured and vibrant air. The central hangout and meet-up spot of the city is the Grand Place square. At one of the relaxed café terraces you can enjoy fine flavours by day or night. Or why not soaking up the astounding architecture of the eighteenth-century guild houses and the impressive spired town hall? Brussels has plenty on offer to keep you busy for a few days.

Grand Place is a 5-minute walk from the city’s main train station.

Lieve Canal, Ghent
Lieve Canal, Ghent

Fall head over heels with Bruges and Ghent

One of Belgium’s most-loved places is Bruges (Brugge), often referred to as the 'Venice of the North'. The small city has legions of fans thanks to its immaculate Medieval complexion and quaint charms. Revere in the city’s romantic canals and authentic architecture. Close by is another little stunner – the city of Ghent (Gent). Spend some time at the part-moated Gravensteen castle, built during the Middle Ages. But Ghent is best enjoyed by aimlessly wandering along its endless cobbled streets or blissfully breezing through the canals by boat.

It’s a 15-minute walk to the centre of Bruges from the main train station. To reach Gravensteen castle take a tram from Ghent’s main train station to Langesteenstraat and from there it is a 5-minute walk.

Restaurants in Antwerp, Belgium
Restaurants in Antwerp, Belgium

Hip Antwerp

Visit Belgium’s second-largest city, Antwerp. It’s become increasingly popular for its effortlessly cool and hip vibe. As well as being a draw for fashionistas seeking out the latest designs, it also pulls in party revellers ready to rock on until the sun shows its head. Begin the evening’s assault stumbling upon authentic drinking holes and tasting Belgian’s beer selection – a good choice is Pater’s Vaetje pub. Once well-watered head to the regenerated docklands for partying into the early hours at one of the popular clubs.

Pater’s Vaetje is a 20-minute walk from Antwerp’s main train station and the Docklands are a 10-minute taxi ride from the centre of Antwerp.

Ice cream stand at Belgian coast
Ice cream stand at Belgian coast

Picturesque coastline

Belgium has 65 kilometres of well-groomed coastline to brag about. Located in West Flanders are the white sands of Ostend (Oostende) – unsurprisingly a tourist hotspot during the summer months. The most popular beach is Grootstrand, where you’ll find a multitude of Belgian and Dutch tourists lazing beneath the sun. The city also has quite a lot going on at night, so once you’ve worn yourself out at the beach, enjoy some chilled beers at a cosy Belgian pub and enjoy!

Ostend’s beach is a 10-minute walk from the train station.

Events

 
Binche Carnival, Belgium
Binche Carnival, Belgium

Carnival

February 26 - February 28, 2017

This celebration before Lent is all about colourful costumes, rich folklore, food, music, parades and performances. The most popular and famous event is held in Binch. You haven’t seen anything like the wax-masked Gilles clowns throwing oranges at passersby.

Binch can be reached by train.

Festival crowd at Rock Werchter
Festival crowd at Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter

June 29 - July 2, 2017

This 4-day music festival is one of Europe’s biggest, and offers a strong line-up with many international music artists as well as some local bands.

The festival can be reached by train and bus shuttles, which are free with your festival ticket.

Dour festival
Dour festival

Dour festival

July 12 - July 16, 2017

Founded in 1989, the Dour festival hosts a range of musical talents, from international headliners to more underground artists.

From Wednesday to Monday, a shuttle runs between St Ghislain and the festival for festival goers.

Pukkelpop campsite
Pukkelpop campsite

Pukkelpop

August 16 - August 19, 2017

Belgium’s second largest festival attracts a decent line-up of rock and pop acts. Camping is possible.

Festival tickets entitle you to order a free train ticket to travel to the festival.

grande place Brussels
grande place Brussels

Belgian Beer Weekend

September 1 - September 3, 2017

Not to be outdone by its eastern neighbour, Brussels also hosts a weekend for celebrating the frothy brews that make Belgium famous. The Grote Markt bubbles over with more than 400 types, tastes and sorts of beer, and a lively crowd to go with it.

The Grote Markt is within walking distance of Brussels' main train station.

Interrail passes for Belgium

 

Most popular passes with Belgium

Interrail Global Pass from € 170

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Interrail Benelux Pass from € 74

The Interrail Benelux Pass is the best way to explore Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Visit cities like Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Rotterdam and Bruges by train.

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All Interrail passes with Belgium

Here's a list of all Interrail passes for your travels through this country:

Interrail passes Prices from
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€ 170

Pass benefits in Belgium

 

Get a discounted fare on the Eurostar, as well as other useful benefits.

All extra pass benefits in Belgium

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