Trains in Belgium

Belgian regional train leaving train station

When you hop on trains in Belgium, you'll be sure to end up in charming cities full of culture and history. Admire the architecture and be sure to try some notorious Belgian beer and delicious Belgian cuisine at each stop!

Visit Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges by regional or high-speed train and see Belgium's most impressive sites.

Train types in Belgium
Reservations for trains in Belgium
Domestic connections in Belgium
International connections to and from Belgium
Belgium rail passes
Train stations in Belgium
Pass benefits in Belgium
Spelling of cities in Belgium

Map with main train connections in Belgium

Train types in Belgium

 

The Belgium network is run by NMBS/SNCB. You can use the Interrail train timetable to look up train times.

 

Regional and intercity trains in Belgium A Belgian regional train

  • InterRegio trains: Run from regional destinations to cities like Brussels and Antwerp. They can also take you to Maastricht/Rosendaal (the Netherlands) or Luxembourg City.

  • InterCity trains: Run between larger cities like Brussels, Antwerp and Liège. You can also travel to The Hague and Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Luxembourg City and Lille Flandres (France).

  • CityRail trains: Run in the area around Brussels.

  • Brussels Airport Express trains: Run from Brussels Airport to cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels. A supplement is required.

 

On the Interrail timetable InterCity trains appear as "IC". InterRegio and CityRail trains don't have an abbreviation. Reservations aren't required for these trains.

High-speed trains in Belgium

International high-speed trains in Belgium

  • EuroCity trains: Run from Brussels to Luxembourg, Strasbourg (France) and Basel (Switzerland).

  • Eurostar trains: Run between Brussels and London (Great Britain). Eurostar isn't covered by the Interrail Pass, but a special fare is available.

  • ICE trains: Run from Brussels to Cologne and Frankfurt in Germany.

  • Thalys trains: Run from Brussels to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Paris (France).

  • TGV trains: Run from Brussels to Paris and Marseille (France).

 

EuroCity trains appear on the Interrail timetable as "EC" , Eurostar trains are listed as "ES", ICE as "ICE", Thalys as "THA" and TGV as "TGV". For EuroCity and ICE trains an advanced reservation is not necessary but we recommend you make them as seats can fill up quickly. Reservations are compulsory for Eurostar, Thalys and TGV trains.

Reservations for trains in Belgium

 

NMBS/SNCB trains don't require a reservation. You can just hop on and off. A supplement of €4.50 is required for the Brussels Airport Express. Reservations are optional for ICE and EuroCity trains. For Eurostar, TGV and Thalys trains reservations are compulsory.

 

Please note that the number of seats available for Interrail Pass holders is limited on TGV and Thalys trains. We recommend you make reservations for these trains as soon as possible.

 

How to make reservations for trains in Belgium

You can make reservations for international high-speed trains:

  • At a ticket desk at local train stations.

  • By phone through one of the railway call centres.

 

For more information about reservations in Belgium:

Domestic connections in Belgium

 
Map with popular domestic routes in Belgium

View approximate train travel times between popular Belgian cities using InterCity trains:

Route InterCity trains
Brussels to Antwerp 47 minutes
Brussels to Bruges 56 minutes
Brussels to Gent 31 minutes
Brussels to Liège 58 minutes
Gent to Antwerp 55 minutes

International train connections to and from Belgium

 

We suggest the following routes to travel between Belgium and other European countries:

  • France – Belgium
    Arrive in Brussels on the high-speed Thalys train from Paris (1hr 36min).

  • Great Britain – Belgium
    Travel from London to Brussels with the Eurostar in less than 3 hours.

  • Luxembourg – Belgium
    Take an InterCity or EuroCity train from Luxembourg city to Brussels (3hr).

  • The Netherlands – Belgium
    Take an InterCity train from The Hague or Rotterdam to Brussels. (1hr 45min).

Belgium rail passes

 

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) are considered as one country within the Interrail passes. Interrail Benelux passes let you see all of the Benelux's top cities like Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Luxembourg city. We offer Benelux rail passes and passes that combine the Benelux with other European countries.

 

Rail pass options for Belgium

  • Interrail Global Pass starting from € 200 – have the freedom to explore Belgium  and up to 29 other Interrail countries.

  • Interrail Benelux Pass starting from € 87 – spend your whole vacation to discover Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg by rail.

 

Example train route in the Benelux

Experience the best of the Benelux on a single trip with an Interrail pass. You can follow the suggested route below using a Interrail Benelux Pass3 days within 1 month, starting from € 87.

 

1. Amsterdam

Wander through Amsterdam’s beautiful historical city center and breathe in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

 

2. Antwerp

Antwerp is well known for its trendy fashion boutiques and beautiful architecture.

 

3. Brussels

Brussels is bustling with culture – be sure to take a stroll at the Grand Place square.

 

4. Luxembourg

Luxembourg city is soaked in luxury and history. Enjoy amazing scenery at Chemin de la Corniche – ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony.

Map with example route in Belgium

Train stations in Belgium

 
Train station of Antwerp

Belgian hub stations

The main hub stations in Belgium are Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid, Brussel Centraal, Brussel Noord, Antwerpen Centraal, Gent Sint-Pieters and Luik Guillemins. At these train stations, it's possible to connect to trains to Belgium’s main cities and many international destinations.


Station facilities

Stations in Belgium usually have excellent facilities, often including:

  • Luggage lockers

  • Foreign exchange desks

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • ATM cash machines

  • Elevators and escalators

  • Access for disabled passengers

Pass benefits for Belgium

 
A man standing at a platform in front of a Eurostar train, Brussels, Belgium

Discounted travel to Great Britain

With a Interrail pass valid in Belgium, you're entitled to a discount when you travel from Brussels to London with Eurostar trains as an extra benefit.

Spelling of cities in Belgium

 
Sign of the train station of Gent, Belgium

Belgian cities on timetables

On the Interrail train timetable and at stations you'll usually find the local spelling of Belgian cities and train stations.

Here is the local spelling of some popular Belgian cities:

  • Antwerpen/Anvers = Antwerp

  • Brugge = Bruges

  • Brussel/Bruxelles = Brussels

  • Gent/Gand = Ghent

  • Oostende = Ostend

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