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Cheap Train Travel in Belgium

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Belgium by train

Visit the famous Belgium historic cities by train. Explore historic cities in Flandres like Bruges and Ghent. Or visit the capital of Belgium, Brussels, with its famous Market Square and Manneken Pis.  Or discover the harbour city of Antwerpen. The battle fields of Waterloo and Ieper (Flandres Fields) are also easy reachable by train.

Travel by train through Belgium. Book a rail pass for various days or a single ticket. For Belgium you can book the Interrail One Country Pass and Eurail One Country Pass. When travelling on a Interrail or Eurail Pass you can make your reservations on Happyrail.com as well. Simply fill in your departure and destination station to book the reservation. For single tickets you can click here to contact us. 

How to book train tickets to Belgium

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Eurostar fares from London to Brussels start at €36 for a single journey. Eurostar requires a compulsory reservation which is included in the price. For a supplement of about €6 you can book a trough ticket to any Belgium station (bookable through HappyRail). Eurostar sales open 6 months before travel date, book early to get the cheapest fares.

Thalys from Paris and Amsterdam to Brussels start at €29 each way. Reservation is compulsory for all Thalys-trains. International TGV-tickets from Marseille/Nice/Lyon to Brussels start at €25 each way, with reservation required. Sales for both Thalys and TGV start 4 months before travel date.

German ICE-fares start at €19 for short journeys like Aachen-Liege and €39 for longer journeys like Frankfurt-Brussels. Seat reservation is optional for €4,50 p.p. Tickets are for sale 3 months before travel date.

For the Intercity services to the Netherlands fares are priced per kilometre, tickets are valid on any train which run every hour (reservation not required). Special return fares are availalbe for same-day returns after 9am and returns within weekends and holidays.

How to travel by train to Belgium

High speed Eurostar run from London through the Channel Tunnel to Brussels about 10 times daily. For Eurostar there is a compulsory check-in in both London St Pancras and Brussels South Station.  All trains also call in Lille in the Northern of France.

Thalys is the high-speed service from Paris and Amsterdam to Brussels. Trains to Paris run every hour (every 30 minutes in peak hours), to Amsterdam about 12 times daily.  About 5 TGV's daily like Brussels with Aeroport Charles de Gaulle, Marne La Vallee (for Disneyland Paris) and cities in the southern of France like Lyon, Avignon, Marseille and Nice. 

The Intercity service to the Netherlands runs every hour from Brussels via Brussels Airport, Antwerp to Roosendaal, Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. Local trains are running from Antwerp to Roosendaal and from Liege to Maastricht every hour.

The connection from Brussels to Germany is provided by Thalys (5 services daily to Aachen and Cologne of which 3 continue to Düsseldorf, Essen and Dortmund) and ICE (3 times daily to Aachen, Cologne and Frankfurt). Local trains run every 2 hours from Liege to Aachen.

Domestic Belgian trains run every hour with connections every 30 minutes on busier routes. Reservation is not possible, you can take every train which suits you.

Travel by Belgian Intercity

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Thalys - Information

Thalys runs the high-speed service from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne/Essen to to Paris, every 30 min in the peak hours (travel time from Brussels 1h20min). Amsterdam is connected about 12 times a day (travel time 3h18min), Cologne about 5 times (travel time 3h26min) of which 3 trains run from/to Düsseldorf (3h53min) and Essen (4h25min).  

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders of Semi-Flex fares and upon-payable for No-Flex ticket holders
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

Catering
For second class passengers there is a Bistro-coach available on each Thalys-service selling drinks, warm and cold dishes and snacks. For first class passengers a cold meal including drinks is included in the ticket. 

Wifi
Wifi is available for free for holders of the Full Flex and Semi-Flex fares. Passengers with a No-Flex-ticket can use the wifi upon payment.
 

Power sockets  
Available at all seats.

Children
Children up to 3 years travel for free when they don't need an own seat. There are special discounted fares for children from 4 up to 11 years. Baby changing facilities are located in the toilets of coaches 7, 17 and 27.

Dogs
Small dogs travelling in a bag or bench are taken for free. Larger dogs pay the special "Dog"-fare. Dogs must be kept on a leash and be muzzled all times. Guidance dogs are taken for free.

Luggage
Officially there is a luggage limit of two large suitcases per passengers with the height+width+length not larger than 158 cm and not heavier then 32 kg each, but in practice this isn't enforced.  There are luggage racks for big suitcases and backpacks near the entrance doors, for smaller bags there is space in the overhead luggage racks and under your seat. You've to label your bags, labels are available at all stations. Some items (firearms, gas holders and large knives) are prohibited on Thalys-services.

Boarding 
At the train stations of Paris, Lille and Brussels there is a check-in with ticket check and x-ray of your luggage, it's advisable to be at the train station 20 minutes before departure. At all other stations there is no check-in but doors will be closed 2 minutes before departure time so be in time at the station.

Discount cards  
Discount Cards like Railplus don't give a discount on Thalys-services.

Interrail / Eurail 
Passengers with a valid Interrail or Eurail-pass can use the special Pass-fare on Thalys-services. Second class pass holders pay €25 for a single journey, first class €35. When your Pass is covers only Netherlands, Belgium or France you don't need to buy a seperate ticket for the other countries, the Pass-fare is valid for the whole journey.

Groups 
For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fares, see Group travel by train.

Business
The first class offers all the amenities needed for the business traveller to work and relax on board including special departure lounges, flexible fares and meals and wifi on board. The Thalys ThePass and TheCard-scheme offer benefits and special fares for business travellers.  See also Business travel by train.
 

At the station
Please note the check-in times at some stations (see boarding). All Thalys-stations offer waiting rooms and shops/restaurants for second class passengers. First class passengers can use the NS International-lounges at Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. Holders of Thalys ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounge in Brussels, Cologne and Paris.

Travel by TGV

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Power sockets at seats on some TGV-services
     

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale

  • TGV - More info and photo's 

Travel by Eurostar

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • Power sockets in the new E320-trains and coaches 5 and 14 in the older trains
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Standard Premier class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Business Premier Class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Fully flexible tickets
  • Acces to the Business Premier lounges with free drinks, snacks and wifi
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A warm three-course meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 10 minutes before departure

  • Eurostar - More info and photos

Travel by ICE

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Free Wifi
  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation optional (highly recommended during rush hour and on longer trips)  

1st class 

  • Free Wifi
  • Reservation included
  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All seats have power sockets 
  • At-seat service for drinks and food
  • Acces to first class lounges

  • ICE - More info and photos