Trains in Belgium

Belgian regional train leaving train station

Explore Belgium by train and travel from capital city Brussels to cities soaked in culture and history like Antwerp and Ghent. Visit the lush green hills of the Ardennes region and be sure to try some Belgian beers and delicious chocolate along the way.
 
Visit Belgium’s most famed cities Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges by regional or high-speed train and discover all impressive sites this country has to offer.

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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

 

There are a number of train types in Belgium ready to transport you. The Belgium network is operated by NMBS/SNCB. Use the Eurail train timetable to check times for trains in Belgium.

 

Regional and intercity trains in Belgium A Belgian regional train

The main rail network in Belgium is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • InterRegio trains connect regional destinations with cities like Antwerp and Brussels. You can also travel to Maastricht/Roosendaal (the Netherlands) or Luxembourg  city.

  • InterCity trains link 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 operate in the area surrounding Brussels. 

  • Brussels Airport Express trains run between cities like Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Brussels Airport.

 

On the Eurail timetable InterCity trains appear as "IC". InterRegio and CityRail trains appear in the timetable without an abbreviation. Reservations are not required for InterCity, InterRegio and CityRail trains. A supplement is required for the Brussels Airport Express.

High-speed trains in Belgium

International high-speed trains in Belgium

These high-speed trains operate to and from Belgium:

  • EuroCity trains link Brussels with Luxembourg,  Strassbourg (France) and Basel (Switzerland).

  • Eurostar trains operate between Brussels and London (Great Britain).

  • ICE trains connect Brussels with German cities Cologne and Frankfurt.

  • Thalys trains connect Brussels with Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Paris (France).

  • TGV trains link Brussels with Paris and Marseille (France).

 

EuroCity trains appear on the Eurail 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 to ensure yourself a seat. Reservations are compulsory for Eurostar, Thalys and TGV trains.

Reservations for trains in Belgium

 

NMBS/SNCB trains do not 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 Eurail 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 centers.

 

Find out more about reservations

 

Domestic connections in Belgium

 
Map with popular domestic routes in Belgium

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

From To InterCity trains
Brussels Antwerp 47 min

Brussels

Bruges 56 min

Brussels

Gent 31 min

Brussels

Liège 58 min
Gent Antwerp 55 min

 

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 Eurail passes. Eurail 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. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) are considered as one country within the Eurail passes. Eurail 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

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 536 – have the freedom to explore Belgium  and up to 23 other Eurail countries.

  • Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 380 – this is a 4 country pass that combines Benelux with bordering countries.

  • Regional Pass – focus on visiting Benelux plus 1 other country. Here are your options:
    Eurail Benelux – France Pass starting from USD$ 333 – Travel around famed French cities like Paris, Lyon and Nice.
    Eurail Benelux – Germany Pass starting from USD$ 301 – explore popular German cities like Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt.

  • Eurail Benelux Pass starting from USD$ 174 – 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 a Eurail pass. You can follow the suggested route below using a Eurail Benelux Pass3 days within 1 month, starting fromUSD$ 174.

 

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.

 

 

For more route ideas for your Eurail trip, check out our European highlights itinerary.

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 Eurail 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 Eurail 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 = Antwerp

  • Brugge = Bruges

  • Brussel/Bruxelles = Brussels

  • Gent = Ghent

  • Oostende = Ostend

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