Trains in Belgium
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
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.
- Route Map
- DOMESTIC TRAINS
- INTERNATIONAL TRAINS
Regional and intercity trains in Belgium
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.
Run in the area around Brussels.
No reservation required.
Brussels Airport supplement trains
Run from Brussels Airport to cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels.
A supplement required, see here for more information.
International high-speed trains in Belgium
- High speed trains to Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Germany on the routes:
- Brussels – Lille – London
- Brussels – Paris
- Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussels – Paris
- Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Brussels – Disneyland Paris
- Dortmund – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Liège – Brussels – Paris
- Reservations are compulsory for these trains, which can get fully booked. We recommend making your reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
- Services to Amsterdam, Dortmund and (Disneyland) Paris are operated by red-coloured former Thalys trains.
ICE trains run from Brussels to Cologne and Frankfurt in Germany.
Reservations are optional and recommended, because seats can fill up quickly.
- TGV trains run from Brussels to multiple French destinations:
- Lille, Marne la Vallée Chessy (Disneyland), Strasbourg, Rennes, Nantes, Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier.
- Reservations are compulsory.
Other international trains in Belgium
- Brussels – Nürnberg – Linz - Vienna
- Reservations are compulsory
- Brussels – Namur – Luxembourg
- Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam
- Antwerp – Gent – Kortrijk – Lille
- Liège – Luxembourg
- No reservation
- Brussels – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam – Berlin
- Runs three times a week
- Reservations are compulsory
Popular connections in Belgium
- Domestic routes
- International Routes
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.
|Brussels to Antwerp||47m|
|Brussels to Bruges||56m|
|Brussels to Ghent||31m|
|Brussels to Liège||58m|
|Ghent to Antwerp||55m|
|Route||Which train?||Travel time||Reservations|
|Brussels to London (Great Britain)||Eurostar||3h||Required|
|Brussels to Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)||InterCity||3h||None|
|Brussels to Paris (France)||Eurostar||1h 30m||Required|
|Brussels to Amsterdam (Netherlands)||InterCity||3h||None|
|Brussels to Marseille (France)||TGV||5h 30m||Required|
|Brussels to Vienna (Austria)||ÖBB Nightjet||14h 30m (overnight)||Required|
|Brussels to Berlin (Germany)||European Sleeper||11h 30m (overnight)||Required|
Interrail reservation self-service system
- Eurostar, TGV, ICE, RailJet, Nightjet
Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service
- € 2,- p.p.per train
- Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)
With railway carriers
- SNCB (b-europe): International trains to Netherlands, France and UK
- Eurostar & TGV's (CDG & Disney only)
- DB (German railways): International trains
- ÖBB (Austrian railways): International trains
- ČD (Czech railways): International trains
- European Sleeper: Only European Sleeper trains, international
An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations
Locally at the train station in Belgium
Eurostar trains are popular and therefore, usually sell out quickly. Make sure to get your seat reservation in time. Alternatively, find trains without seat reservations in our timetable by toggling on the ‘no reservation needed’ button.
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Tips and tricks for Belgium
Belgian main train stations
Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi
Belgian train stations often have excellent and modern facilities:
Cash machines and a foreign exchange desk
Restaurants and cafés
Tourist information offices
Elevators, escalators and access for disabled passengers
Spelling of cities in Belgium
Good to know:
Antwerpen/Anvers = Antwerp
Brugge = Bruges
Brussel/Bruxelles = Brussels
Gent/Gand = Ghent
Oostende = Ostend
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