Your travel may be affected by the current COVID19 crisis, so please check before departure. Train operators’ exchange and refunds policies are available here. Deine Reise könnte von Einschränkungen auf Grund der Coronavirus Pandemie betroffen sein – bitte prüfe dies vor der Abfahrt. Die Stornobedingungen der einzelnen Transportunternehmen findest du hier (auf Englisch). Tu viaje puede verse afectado por la crisis actual de COVID19, por favorverifica tu itinerario antes de la salida. Las políticas de cambios y reembolsos de los operadores de trenes están disponibles aquí (en inglés). Il tuo viaggio potrebbe subire cambiamenti a causa dell’attuale crisi da COVID19. Per favore,controlla il tuo itinerario prima della partenza. Le politiche di modifica e rimborso dei vari operatori ferroviari sono disponibili qui (in inglese). Votre voyage pourrait être impacté par la crise de COVID19. Veuillez vérifier avant votre départ. Les politiques d'échange et remboursement de chaque transporteur sont disponibles ici.

Train tickets in Belgium

Overview

Belgium’s radical edge, its affection for comic art and its cosmopolitan character all make this country a great place to visit by train. From the wistfully beautiful flatlands of Belgian Flanders to the hill country of the Ardennes, Belgium offers some gorgeous rural landscapes. Its cities too, including the capital Brussels and provincial cities such as Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, are all singular urbanscapes worth visiting by rail.

Visiting Brussels by train, as well as Antwerp and Liège, is easy since all three cities are on Europe’s high-speed rail network. Thalys operates high-speed trains to Paris from all three cities. Eurostar services from London run to Brussels. There are direct high-speed trains (Thalys or Deutsche Bahn ICEs) from Brussels and Liège to a dozen destinations in Germany, among them Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt-am-Main. Brussels Midi is well served by French TGV services, with fast trains running directly from the Belgian capital to Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Strasbourg and Bordeaux.

From Brussels and Antwerp there are over 24 direct trains each day to both Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the latter serving Schiphol Airport along the way. There are also direct Intercity services from Antwerp and Brussels to The Hague.

There are also direct night trains operated by Nightjet to southern Germany, the Austrian Tyrol and Vienna. Read more about these services in our blog on sleeper trains.

When travelling within Belgium by train, you will discover the Belgian national rail operator SNCB, which offers a high-frequency Intercity and local train network. This extends to all parts of the country and across Belgium’s borders to Aachen (Germany), Lille (France) and Maastricht (Netherlands). There are no seat reservations or advance booking discounts on Intercity or local trains in Belgium. It’s an easy to use hop-on-and-ride service. A favourite scenic route is the line running south from Liège through the Ardennes region to Luxembourg.

Trains in Belgium

What trains can you travel with in Belgium?

  • TGV
  • Eurostar
  • Intercity (IC)
  • Thalys
  • Nightjet
  • InterCity Express (ICE)
  • Airport train stations

    Airport train stations in Belgium

    Belgium's five main airports are Brussels Airport, Brussels South Airport, Liège, Ostend and Antwerp, all of which are easily connected by train. Getting from both Brussels airports to the city centre by train is particularly easy, as the airports have their own train stations.

    You can buy train tickets from Brussels Airport to the city centre on our website. There is a bus to the main train stations from Liège, Ostend and Antwerp airports, which can be purchased locally.

    Child and youth passengers

    The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

    Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

    Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.