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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.

Map with main train connections in Belgium

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.


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).

  • 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.

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

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:

 

  • Online: through our Reservations Service.

  • At local train stations: at a ticket office.

  • By phone: through one of the railway call centres.

 

For more information about reservations in Belgium:

 

Get your Pass for Belgium

Interrail Benelux Pass

 
  • Offers you rail travel in Belgiumthe Netherlands and Luxembourg

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 105

 

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  • Offers you extensive rail travel in 33 European countries including Belgium

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 185

 

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Tips and tricks for Belgium

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

Spelling of cities in 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

Transport and accommodation deals

With an Interrail Pass valid in Belgium, you can travel by bus to neighboring countries, and get a 10% discount at the Brussels Meininger Hotel.

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