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|Brussels||Louvain La Neuv O||00:57||AU$ 11|
|Brussels||De Panne||01:49||AU$ 40|
|Sint Niklaas||Brussels||01:10||AU$ 20|
|Brussels||Renaix Ronse||01:09||AU$ 25|
|Brussels||Braine Lalleud||00:13||AU$ 8|
Belgium’s national railway company is known as Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (NMBS) in Dutch and as Société nationale des chemins de fer belges (SNCB) in French. Belgium has one of Europe’s most important railway networks with a total of over 3,000 km of tracks. Major international trains serve Belgium and its main cities. The international high speed trains are Thalys, Eurostar and DB. Brussels the capital city has a direct connection with Paris thanks to the Thalys high speed train.
The capital of Belgium, Brussels, with its 17th architecture and its Art Nouveau buildings , is amazing. Antwerp is worth the detour and the charming waterways of the old cities of Bruges and Ghent are delightful. By train, reach Namur and its citadel or Mons to enjoy the gothic style.
Travelling by train is a good way to see the landscapes. From the Ardennes mountains and all the footpaths around to the Flemish’s beaches, walk, cycle and windsurf to discover the variety of activities that offers Belgium, or learn the history of the country wandering through Flanders’ battlefield.
If you would like to go shopping, bargain-hunting on the flea market place, Place du Jeu de Balle or in the Antiques shops of the pleasant area of Sablon Square in Brussels. Bring back from Belgium some chocolates in Namur Galler’s Chocolat-Thé shop for your friends and family, and you will find all type of articles in Liège or Antwerp.
Eat & Drink
If you go by train, stop in each train station of Belgium to sample the gastronomy of the country. Try Ardennes’ delicious “paté”, enjoy the waffles in Flanders, taste some beers and, of course, savour the chocolates!
Discover the surprising Atonium, built for the Universal Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. From the upper sphere, if the day is enough clear, you will be able to see as far as Antwerp’s cathedral.
Rail Pass benefits in Belgium
Passholder fares for Eurostar. For trains operating between London and Brussels.
- 5% discount. HUSA Hotels
- 10% discount. Meininger Hotels.
Free Hot Fudge Sundae odering any main course. Free gift in Rock Shop for all purchase over 25 euros. Hard Rock Cafe Brussels, Grote Markt 12A.
Board the international IC bus if you have a Eurail Global Pass. Reservation required and not included. Routes are Dusseldorf-Eindhoven-Brussels-London / Dusseldorf-Roermond-Eindhoven-Antwerpen. If your rail pass does not include the country you are visiting, you will need a ticket and a reservation.
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"SMOOTH RIDE"Neil m.
TGV IS THE WAY TO GO IN FRANCE. MINIMUM CHECK-IN TIME. COMFORTABLE SEATING. FANTASTIC VIEWS. WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. BEATS A PLANE ANY DAY!
"Perfect"Peter m. 22/06/2015
Beautiful trip in a comfortable train
"Better than flying"Peter m. 22/06/2015
Train was good and fast but need a USB port or two! Too much foot traffic in our carriage as people went to the restaurant.
"Very comfortable trip"Anne c. 22/06/2015
We travelled on the fast train, the train trip was comfortable, we travelled first class, free papers and a drink.
"Great train trip"Stephen s. 22/06/2015
Using printouts of E tickets was a first for me, but there were no problems, the rail staff at Barcelona Sants station were extremely helpful. We were in the first class section, upstairs. The seating was comfortable and once again the on board staff were friendly and helpful. The train was very smooth, the only problem was waiting for oncoming trains on the single track sections which resulted in the train being 35 minutes late. A really enjoyable train journey, I would recommend.
"Paris-Caen"Chris m. 22/06/2015
Basic, open seating,but comfortable with electrical points and table.
"Best way to travel to Paris"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was a fabulous experience and a much better way to travel from London to Paris as against flying with all the check-in issues etc. City to city centre was perfect and border passport control and security baggage checking process at St. Pancras was a breeze. Why would anyone choose to fly when this service is superior?
"Excellent way to travel"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was an amazing and smooth journey. Travelling at speeds up to 300km per hr and was so smooth. Got to Florence in good time and without all the normal hassles you would otherwise experience with the flying options. This is just so much a better way to travel and all things considered - took less time than flying! Only problem was that the power points for plugging and charging laptops etc. was not working in the carriage - which was very poor for the 'Primo' class seats!
"Excellent way to travel"Brian p. 22/06/2015
Unfortunately, the power points for laptop connections were not working in the carriage but otherwise, another smooth journey. This is the best way to travel to Venice. You arrive in Venice right onto the main island and walk straight outside to where the water taxi's are. So convenient!
"Good travel experience"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was a very good experience - with no issues getting our reserved seats. A nice train
"Nice train experience"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was a much better experience where we actually got our first class and reserved seats without any issues. Quick and smooth journey.
"Off to the Cinque Terre"Elizabeth h. 22/06/2015
Everything was great. Good idea booking the tickets from Australia - convenient and allowed good preparation on our part. Perhaps advice about the app you can load to check options if you need to change plans. Also tickets not easily changeable overseas - need to go back via Australia. Perhaps you should warn about sharks at station who offer to assist, carry bags, etc then want to charge an exorbitant fee. Regards
"Rome to Florence"Jo-anne g. 21/06/2015
The terminal was easy to negotiate, and found our platform, carriage and seats with ease. We found the luggage storage was not sufficient for the number of travellers with large cases. Train travel suited our needs for this trip.
"Excellent"Kaye o. 21/06/2015
A pleasure to travel on this train.
"Very Good"Kaye o. 21/06/2015
On time clean and comfortable, a little more space for luggage would be useful.