Travelling by train in Belgium

Map of Belgium with capital city Brussels

Although geographically small, Belgium is bursting with sites and activities. Visit the cosmopolitan capital of Brussels. Ride the rails to other popular cities like Bruges and Antwerp. Enjoy the natural splendor of the Ardennes region.

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Quick facts
Trains in Belgium
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Belgium
Pass benefits in Belgium
 

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Canal in Bruges

Canal in Bruges

Old town of Ghent

Old town of Ghent

Grande Place, Brussels

Grande Place, Brussels

Train station of Antwerp

Train station of Antwerp

Mountain biking in the Belgian Ardennes

Mountain biking in the Belgian Ardennes

Belgium quick facts

 
  • Capital: Brussels

  • Population: 11 million

  • Language: Flemish, French, German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +32

Trains in Belgium

 
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Belgium has one of the most extensive and reliable train networks in all of Europe.

The country is also an important hub for international rail travel, and an exciting detour in your exploration of western Europe.

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Places to visit

 
Train station of Antwerp
Train station of Antwerp

Hip and happening Antwerp

Belgium’s second-largest city, Antwerp (Antwerpen), is a busy, buzzing metropolis with plenty to see and do. From unsurpassed cuisine to cutting-edge fashion to architecture and history, Antwerp is a traveler’s playground. The Cogels-Osylei, one of the most fascinating streets in Belgium (and some believe, in all of Europe), is teeming with magnificent 19th century architecture.

 

The Cogels-Osylei is just outside the Antwerpen-Berchem train station.

Waterloo
Waterloo

Outdoor fun throughout Belgium

Mild temperatures and varied landscapes make Belgium a great outdoor destination. The Ardennes are a nature-lover’s paradise: lush hills, flowing rivers, cycling, kayaking, skiing – the works. In Rochefort, rent bikes and cycle along unused train tracks to Houyet. And the Waterloo Battlefield, looking as it did during the famous battle back in 1815, is near Brussels. In June, there are costumed battle re-enactments.

 

To get to the site of the Waterloo Battlefield, it's possible to take a bus (W or 365) from Brussels or Waterloo. Take a bus from Jemelle train station to get to Rochefort, as Rochefort is not connected to the railway system.

Ancient houses in Bruges
Ancient houses in Bruges

An enchanting experience

One of Flanders’ more historic cities, Bruges’ (Brugge) presence was felt in medieval times, and it was western Europe’s most important trade city by the 15th century.  A walk through Bruges today is like walking back into times long passed, since even modern renovations are done to preserve the medieval look and feel.

Intercity trains will get you from Ghent to Bruges in about 25 minutes.

Grand Place, Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels

Beauty and bonbons in Brussels

One of the most vibrant squares in Europe, the Grand-Place is a 13th century market in the city center of Brussels. It blends age-old architecture with modern shops, markets and cafes. Home to the famous Atomium and Manneken Pis, the Grand-Place is steeped in history. The Chocolate Museum (Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat) must be seen to be believed. The country produces well over 150,000 tons of the sweet stuff each year. 

Grand-Place is less than a 5-minute walk from Brussels Central Station (Bruxelles-Central).

Old town of Ghent
Old town of Ghent

Get social in Ghent

Although it lies quietly in the shadow of Antwerp, Ghent (Gent) is a perfect stop between modern Antwerp and ancient Bruges – and a place where food, beer and fun have risen to an art form. Wander the 13th century streets and it won’t be long before you find the perfect environment for your taste, and friendly people with whom to share it.

Intercity trains will get you from Antwerp to Ghent (station Gent-Sint Pieters) in about 45 minutes.

The Wallon Life Museum, Liege
The Wallon Life Museum, Liege

Oozing artistic charm

Art and history reign supreme in Liège (Luik). No visit would be complete without a trip to the Musée d’Art Réligieux et d’Art Mosan. For a peek inside the lives of Wallonia’s most famous artists (including René Magritte and Paul Delvaux), try the Musée de l’Art Wallon.

From station Liège Palais, you are within walking distance of the Musée de l'Art Wallon.

Events

 
Carnival in Binche
Carnival in Binche

Carnival

March 2 - March 4, 2014

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

Binch can be reached by train.

Grande Place, Brussels
Grande Place, Brussels

Brussels beer weekend

September 5 - September 7, 2014

Not to be outdone by its eastern neighbor, 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 central station.

Eurail passes for Belgium

 

Most popular passes with Belgium

Eurail Global Pass from USD$536

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Benelux Pass from USD$174

The Eurail Benelux Pass is your key to exploring Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg by rail. Visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, sample some of Belgium's best beer in Brussels and do a spot of shopping in Luxembourg City. 

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Eurail Select Pass 4 countries from USD$380

Discover 4 bordering countries with the Eurail Select Pass – 4 countries. Plan the route of your choice between and within each country, and spend as much time as you like at each stop.

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All Eurail passes with Belgium

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

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 380
USD$ 536
USD$ 174
Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 301
USD$ 333

Pass benefits in Belgium

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Belgium, including a discount at HUSA-Hotels in Brussels and Liège.


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