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.

Visit Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges on a Belgian rail adventure. It's simply the best way to see this historic country'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
Example train route in the Benelux

Map with main train connections in Belgium

Train types in Belgium

 

The Belgian rail network is run by NMBS/SNCB, the Belgian National Railway Company. You can use the Interrail train timetable to look up train times for Belgian rail journeys.
 



Regional and intercity trains in Belgium A Belgian regional train

 

​InterRegio trains

  • Run from regional destinations to cities like Brussels and Antwerp.

  • International travel to Maastricht/Rosendaal (Netherlands) or Luxembourg City.

  • No reservation required.


InterCity trains (IC)

  • Run between larger cities like Brussels, Antwerp and Liège.

  • International travel to The Hague/Rotterdam (Netherlands), Luxembourg City and Lille Flandres (France).

  • No reservation required.


CityRail trains

  • Run in the area around Brussels.

  • No reservation required.


Brussels Airport Express trains

  • Run from Brussels Airport to cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels.

  • A supplement of €5 is required.


 

International high-speed trains in Belgium

 

EuroCity (EC)

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

  • Reservations are optional and recommended, because seats can fill up quickly.


Eurostar (ES)

  • The Eurostar runs between Brussels and London (Great Britain).

  • Eurostar isn't covered by the Interrail Pass, but a special discounted fare is available.

  • Reservations are compulsory.

 

ICE

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

  • Reservations are optional and recommended, because seats can fill up quickly.

 

Thalys (THA)

  • The Thalys runs from Brussels to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Paris (France).

  • Reservations are compulsory.

 

TGV

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

  • Reservations are compulsory.

Reservations for trains in Belgium

 

Which trains in Belgium require reservations?

 

  • No reservations: NMBS/SNCB.

  • Supplement of €5: Brussels Airport Express.

  • Optional: ICE and EuroCity.

  • Compulsory: Eurostar, TGV and Thalys.

    • TGV and Thalys trains only have limited seats for people with an Interrail Pass. You should make reservations for these trains as soon as possible.

 

How can I make reservations for trains in Belgium?
 

You can make reservations for international high-speed trains:
 

 

For more information about reservations in Belgium:

Domestic connections in Belgium

 
Map with popular domestic routes in Belgium

How long does it take to travel between major cities on the Belgian rail network? This table shows journey times for InterCity trains, which don't require reservations.
 

Route Travel time
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

 
Country Cities Which train? Travel time Reservations
France Paris to Brussels Thalys 1.5 hours Required
Great Britain London to Brussels Eurostar 3 hours Required
Luxembourg Luxembourg City to Brussels InterCity / EuroCity 3 hours None
Netherlands Rotterdam to Brussels InterCity 2 hours None

Belgium rail passes

 

An Interrail Pass for Belgium is known as the Benelux Pass. It's also valid for train travel in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Save money on individual tickets and instead get one rail pass for multiple countries!

 

Interrail Pass options for Belgium

 

Interrail Benelux Pass

  • Offers you rail travel in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 87

 

View Benelux Passes

 

Interrail Global Pass

  • Offers you extensive rail travel in 30 European countries including Belgium

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 200

 

View Global Passes

Trains in Belgium

Train stations in Belgium

 
Train station of Antwerp

Belgian main train stations

Belgium's main stations have connections to many domestic and international destinations. These stations are:

  • Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi

  • Brussel Centraal

  • Brussel Noord

  • Antwerpen Centraal

  • Gent Sint-Pieters

  • Luik Guillemins

 

Belgian train stations often have excellent and modern facilities:

  • Lockers

  • Cash machines and a foreign exchange desk

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • Elevators, escalators and access for disabled passengers

Pass benefits for Belgium

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

Save money on the Eurostar

If your Interrail Pass is valid in Belgium, you can get a discount on Eurostar train travel from Brussels to London.


See all benefits for Belgium

Spelling of cities in Belgium

 
Sign of the train station of Gent, Belgium

You'll usually find the local spelling of Belgian cities on Belgian train timetables and at train stations in Belgium. Names will be in both Dutch and French.

Good to know:

  • Antwerpen/Anvers = Antwerp

  • Brugge = Bruges

  • Brussel/Bruxelles = Brussels

  • Gent/Gand = Ghent

  • Oostende = Ostend

Example train route in the Benelux

 
Map with example route in Luxembourg

An Interrail Benelux Pass covers train travel in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

 

Route

Amsterdam > Maastricht > Brussels > Luxembourg City

 

  1. Amsterdam: Wander through the historical city center and breathe in the vibrant atmosphere.

  2. Antwerp: Well known for its trendy fashion boutiques and beautiful architecture.

  3. Brussels: Bustling with culture – be sure to take a stroll at the Grand Place square.

  4. Luxembourg City: Soaked in luxury and history. Enjoy amazing scenery at Chemin de la Corniche – ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony'.

 

Pass suggestion

 

View Interrail Benelux Passes

Related pages

 
- Countries
- Interrail passes
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