Everything Belgium and Brussels Train Travel
Brussels train travel along with the majority of Belgium, is well developed. Brussels is home to the first railway in continental Europe, built in 1835. Belgium offers incentive and cheap fares to encourage rail travel in order to help alleviate traffic congestion on the roadways.
*Belgian Railways provides maps, individual trains tickets, and other information about train travel in Belgium. A new, high-speed train for the Brussels-Amsterdam route recently opened in 2009.
*If you're a non-resident and you'll be utilizing train travel in the UK, you may be better served by purchasing a Benelux Tourrail Pass
pass or one of the other available rail pass options.
Discounts, Tips & Tricks
*Nearly all international flights coming into Belgium arrive at the Brussels Airport. The airport is connected to Brussels North, Brussels Central, and Brussels Midi stations directly from below the terminal by up to four trains per hour. From the airport, there are direct trains service to the East, South, and West of Belgium.
*Brussels Charleroi Airport (Aéroport de Charleroi Bruxelles-Sud) is a smaller airport located 46 km from Brussels and somewhat north of the industrial city of Charleroi. Charleroi Airport is liked by a fifteen minute bus ride on bus route A with Charleroi railway station. You can then take the train very easily to Brussels and beyond to most any destination in Europe beginning on the state-of-the-art Thalys line In Belgium the Thalys line serves Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Liège, Mons, Namur, and Ostend.
*Including Belgium and Brussels train travel, the Thalys line also serves Germany, France, and The Netherlands.