Most fares offered by Thalys and Eurostar are also available with the "Any Belgian Station" (ABS) formula - albeit for a small price supplement.
Handy and flexible: in addition to the international journey shown on your ticket, these "Any Belgian Station" tickets allow you to take any SNCB train between the Belgian station of your choice and the station of departure or arrival for your international train (Brussels (Midi/Zuid), Liège-Guillemins or Antwerp (Central/Centraal).
If you’re travelling with TGV® Brussels-France, choose the "Connection" ticket. This is a separate ticket, sold at €6.60 for 2nd class or €10.20 for 1st class. The "Connection" ticket (only sold to supplement an international train ticket) is also valid between any Belgian station and the station of departure or arrival for your international train.
If you take an ICE train between Belgium and Germany at the Sparpreis Europa saver fare, your ticket price remains the same, regardless of whether you are travelling to/from Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, etc. When booking your ticket, please specify your actual departure or arrival station in Belgium so that your ticket continues to be valid in Belgium.
In all cases, simply select your actual station of departure or arrival (e.g. Verviers, Namur or Mons) instead of Brussels Midi/Zuid if you want to book your "Any Belgian Station", "Connection" or ICE ticket online. Our booking system will then automatically offer you the appropriate ticket.
If your journey in Belgium takes place before your international journey (when leaving Belgium), you may already make this journey on the day before your international journey. And likewise, if this journey follows the international journey (when arriving in Belgium), you can also travel to your final destination in Belgium any time up to the next day. In all circumstances, the date indicated on your Connection ticket is the date of your international rail journey.
Important notice: with an "Any Belgian Station" ticket or a "Connection" ticket, each rail operator is only responsible for its own section of the journey.Online booking >
Eurostar offers services to the United Kingdom, which is not part of the Schengen zone. As a result, all Eurostar passengers must always go through passport control, as does anyone leaving the Schengen zone in general (by any means of transport). Identity and security checks for Eurostar passengers take place inside a dedicated Eurostar terminal.
In contrast, Thalys, TGV® and ICE passengers are travelling inside the Schengen zone. These passengers are therefore not subject to systematic identity checks when departing from Brussels, Liège or Antwerp, but may at any time be required to undergo security checks as from July 2017, depending on the recommendations of the security services.
All international tickets departing from or arriving at Brussels (Midi/Zuid) are valid across the whole of the Brussels area. This means you do not need an additional ticket (or the "Any Belgian Station" ticket) to travel by train between Brussels (Midi/Zuid) and other stations in Brussels. Your international ticket is all you need.
The Brussels area includes the following stations and stops: Arcades, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Bockstael, Boondael, Bordet, Boitsfort, Brussels-Central, Brussels-Congres, Brussels-Chapelle, Brussels-Luxembourg, Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Schuman, Brussels-West, Brussels (Midi/Zuid), Delta, Vivier d'oie, Etterbeek, Evere, Germoir, Haren, Haren-Sud, Jette, Meiser, Mérode, Moensberg, Schaerbeek, Simonis, Tour-et-Taxis, St.-Job, Uccle-Calevoet, Uccle-Stalle, Forest-East, Forest-Midi and Watermael.
In the same way, Thalys tickets for departure from or arrival at Antwerp-Central station are valid across the entire Antwerp area, which includes Antwerp-Berchem, Antwerp-Central, Antwerp-Dam, Antwerp-Luchtbal, Antwerp-Noorderdokken, Antwerp-West and Antwerp-South stations.
Finally, Thalys and ICE tickets for departure from or arrival at Liège-Guillemins are also valid in the entire Liège area, which includes Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Liège-Guillemins, Liège-Jonfosse, Liège-Palais and Sclessin stations.