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Belgium By Train

Although geographically small, Belgium is bursting with sites and activities. Visit the cosmopolitan capital of Brussels and take the train to popular cities like Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. Visit the lush green hills of the Ardennes region and be sure to try some Belgian beers and delicious chocolate along the way.

 

Train types in Belgium

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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

 

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

  • The ICE trains run 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

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

  • Reservations are compulsory.

 

Popular connections

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

 

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).

 

Reservations

NMBS/SNCB trains do not require a reservation. You can just hop on and off. A supplement of €5.30 called the Diabolo fee 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:

  • Through our Reservation Service

  • At a ticket desk at local train stations.

  • By phone through one of the railway call centers.

 

Find out more about reservations

 

Get your Pass for Belgium

Benelux Pass

 

Discover Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg by rail.

 

Standard prices from $ 108

Global Pass

 

Have the freedom to explore Belgium  and up to 30 other Eurail countries.


Standard prices from $ 191

 

Tips and tricks for Belgium

Quick facts

  • Capital: Brussels

  • Population: 11 million

  • Language: Dutch (Flemish), French, German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +32

Train stations in Belgium

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

Spelling of city names

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:

  • Antwerp = Antwerpen

  • Bruges = Brugge

  • Brussels = Brussel/Bruxelles

  • Ghent = Gent

  • Ostend = Oostende

Transport and accommodation deals

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

See all pass benefits for Belgium

 

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