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NMBS/SNCB Company Information

SNCB is Belgium's national railway company. It has a rich history that dates back to 1926, when it replaced Belgium State Railways. SNCB's transport network now spans over 2,100 miles (3,500 km) and takes millions of passengers each year, in both Belgium and bordering countries such as France and the Netherlands.

NMBS/SNCB Stations and Destinations

SNCB's hub is in Brussels, and from Brussels train stations dozens of trains depart for the rest of Belgium and other countries in Europe, including trains that go all the way to London. Other popular stations for SNCB Europe include Bruges, Antwerp, Lille, and Zurich.

Popular routes with SNCB

One of the most popular routes on an SNCB train is Lille to Bruges. Trains run every 1-2 hours throughout the day, from early in the morning until the evening. The journey usually takes under 2 hours and most services have one change. Another popular SNCB train is Liège to Amsterdam. Trains run all day, starting from before 7:00 a.m., and take around 4-5 hours with one change, usually in a Brussels train station. Finally, a popular Belgian rain service runs from Zeebruges to Bruges. It's a fast journey, usually taking around 20 minutes, and there are 1-2 services every hour.

SNCB offers and fares

SNCB offer a rail pass for various age groups. Anyone under the age of 26 can purchase a youth ticket to get a discount on their fare, and kids under the age of 12 can get a child's ticket. Up to four children can travel for free with anyone over 12 who has paid for a ticket, and seniors can receive savings when booking with an over 65s pass. There are also various loyalty or membership cards that can be added when booking your train to help you save money.

SNCB: Train types

If you're traveling on a Belgium train, you'll generally be on either an inter-city or a local service. Inter-city trains only stop at major train stations in big cities, whereas local trains make lots of stops at smaller towns on the route. There are also S-trains which are suburban trains. They leave big cities and stop at many smaller train stations in the surrounding areas. Peak and 'EXTRA' trains are added at busy commuter times or on popular days to travel, such as in the summer holidays. Finally, international or 'INT' trains are regular trains that travel to foreign countries, and they may be partly operated by other providers such as Eurostar or Thalys.


I've got a voucher, how can I book my ticket?

You can usually add your discount to your ticket by selecting it from the menu options when selecting your passengers for booking.

What services are offered by SNCB to people with reduced mobility?

SNCB offers assistance at all Belgium rail stations when booked 24 hours in advance. They can help blind or partially sighted passengers to navigate through the station and can help any passengers in a wheelchair or with a mobility aid on and off the train.

How much luggage can I take on an SNCB train and can I bring my bike?

You can bring a maximum of three pieces of luggage on each train, but they must not exceed a combined weight of 30kg.

You can bring a bike for a small fee, but it's best to avoid peak times when there may not be much space.

What are the services on board SNCB trains?

Most SNCB trains do not have Wi-Fi, but they normally have electrical outlets and air conditioning. Generally, the larger and busier trains have both first and second class sections.

Can I take pets on an SNCB train?

Small pets kept inside a cage and assistance dogs can travel for free. For dogs on a leash, you will need to purchase them a pet ticket for a small fee.

Why might a train be delayed?

Sometimes trains can be delayed due to a variety of reasons including poor weather conditions, technical difficulties such as signalling faults, or infrastructure works and repairs. In some circumstances the delays may be due to an accident or the line, or because it is a very busy service with lots of passengers that need to board and disembark from the train.

My last train got cancelled, what should I do?

If you're unable to get the last train, you should let the staff at the station or the train conductor know. Alternatively, you can contact SNCB's customer service contact center. They will help you to find an alternative mode of transport such as a bus replacement service or a taxi.

What should I do if my train is late?

If your train is very late, it may be possible to claim compensation by completing a compensation application form online.

Can children under 12 travel for free?

Yes, up to four children under the age of 12 can travel for free with each paying adult.

When do you have to make your group reservation?

If you are picking up your group reservation ticket from a ticket office, you will need to book seven days in advance. If it's by post, SNCB will need 12 days notice.


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