TGV® Brussels-France connects Brussels to 25 French cities. Travel from north to south via the East of France and head to Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Valence, Marseille,… etc. at high speed.
1 The stations of Arras and TGV Haute-Picardie aren’t served by all TGV® Brussels-France trains. You can get more info in our brochure in Dutch or French.
The TGV® bar carriage is open to all passengers. Here you can purchase a wide selection of refreshments including drinks, warm meals, sandwiches and salads, as well as magazines, children's games, USB sticks, Paris Metro maps, etc.
Book the family compartment to enjoy a relaxing journey with your children, who’ll have the freedom to move around and play as they please. Each train has 8 family areas with 4 seats in carriages 6 and 7.
To reserve a family compartment (subject to availability), simply request one when booking. You can do this at any SNCB Europe station, via the SNCB Europe Contact Centre or at your travel agency.
The on-board work areas are specially designed for working or simply making phone calls and are located in carriages 6 and 7. You’ll find a table and electrical sockets there.
Depending on the type of train taken, there are various tips for benefiting from low fares.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV®, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book as far ahead as possible.
To help you find the lowest prices on the main Thalys and Eurostar services, we can offer you a clever fare calendar: at a glance, you can see all trains with seats at the lowest prices over a period of several months.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare from TGV®.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
Exception: every year in mid-December, different European rail companies simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.
On certain rail networks (particularly in Germany), the new timetables for mid-December are only confirmed and published at some point during October. When this occurs, bookings for rail travel from mid-December onwards can also only be made after a given date in October.
For reasons of safety, children under 12 years of age are not allowed to travel alone on Thalys, Eurostar or TGV® Brussels-France trains.
Most other rail companies do not apply any specific restrictions in this area. This means that children may travel alone on other trains providing this is authorised by law in the country concerned. In Belgium, for example, children can travel by themselves from 6 years old.
Therefore, you should find out what the law says in each country concerned.
In all circumstances, we recommend that children travelling without their parents carry a document from their local authority stating parental authorisation to travel.
If you have to take a domestic connection in Belgium before or after your journey with TGV® Brussels-France, we advise you to purchase a Connection ticket at the fixed price of €6.60 for 2nd class or €10.20 for 1st class. The Connection ticket (only sold to supplement an international train ticket) is valid on any national train on the selected travel date between Brussels-Midi station and the Belgian station of your choice.
If you want to purchase your Connection ticket online, simply select your actual station of departure or arrival (e.g. Verviers, Namur or Mons) instead of Brussels Midi/Zuid while booking your entire journey. Our booking system will then automatically show the best connection times and the most 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 conversely, 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.
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For commuters travelling daily between Brussels and Lille, there is a season ticket valid on all TGV® Brussels-France, Thalys and Eurostar trains operating on this short route.
This season ticket is made up of three items:
1. A "mother" card
The mother card is sold exclusively at SNCB Europe "immediate departure" ticket offices at Brussels (Midi/Zuid) station, at a cost of €5. This card is valid for five years on the Brussels-Lille route (in 1st or 2nd class), as well as on any connecting train taken within metropolitan Brussels.
2. A monthly validation ticket
The mother card is only valid when accompanied by a monthly validation ticket. This validation card is valid for a period of one month, starting from your chosen date. It is only available from SNCB Europe "immediate departure" ticket offices at Brussels (Midi/Zuid) station for a maximum of 31 days before the validity period begins.
3. A seat reservation for every journey
In addition to your season ticket, you must book every journey. The cost of this is €3 per journey. Season ticket holders on the Brussels-Lille line can book their travel in the following ways: