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Traffic disruptions and alterations

Strike actions on the Belgian railway network

Update: Friday 27 May, 9am

Due to strike actions by a part of the Belgian railway staff, rail traffic in Belgium is currently disturbed. These action do not seem to affect international services like Thalys, Eurostar or TGV® Brussels-France so far. Please notice, however, that some international InterCity or ICE trains are likely to be cancelled.

As we are unable to predict the impact of these actions on the Belgian rail traffic with accuracy (e.g. in connection with an international train), we kindly advise you to check our real-time information tools.

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Announced strike on the Belgian rail network on Tuesday 31 May

Labour unions have announced strikes on the Belgian railway network on Tuesday 31 May 2016. As a consequence, we expect severe disruptions of national and international rail services. Pleasse follow our updates on this webpage for further information. For the time being, we would kindly recommend you to postpone travelling.

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Restricted access to several railway stations in Brussels and Antwerp

For security reasons and as a consequence of a police order, access to the following stations has been restricted as follows:

  • Bruxelles-Midi only accessible via place Horta, rue de France and avenue Fonsny 
  • Bruxelles-Central only accessible via carrefour de l’Europe, Madeleine and Putterie
  • Bruxelles-Nord only accessible via boulevard Simon Bolivar, Rogier, rue du Progrès (Solvay) and rue d'Aerschot
  • Bruxelles-Schuman only accessible via Berlaymont and Résidence Palace
  • Bruxelles-Luxembourg only accessible via rue de Trèves
  • Antwerp-Central only accessible via Pelikaanstraat, Vestingstraat and De Keyserley

Because of enhanced security measures in the main railway stations, passengers are advised to arrive in advance at their departure station with a valid identity document. 

Increased security at all Eurostar stations: check-in 60 minutes before departure

Security has been increased in all Eurostar stations. Security and immigration checks are therefore taking longer than usual and Eurostar passengers are advised to check in 60 minutes before departure at all stations.

Reinforced security measures at Thalys stations in France

According to the request by the French government, security gates have been installed on the Thalys platforms at Paris Nord station and in Hall 1 at Lille Europe station.

Thalys passengers are invited, especially if they have luggage, to arrive at the platform around 20 minutes before departure in order to pass through the gates and have their luggage scanned without rush. In case of identity controls by the national authorities, passengers are kindly requested to present a valid ID. Please notice that due to enhanced security measures, Thalys 9975 and 9995 departing from Lille will leave a few minutes earlier than initially scheduled (Thalys 9975 will depart from Lille Europe at 19:07 instead of 19:09, and  Thalys 9995 will depart from Lille Europe at 21:04 instead of 21:07).

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4 and 5 June: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains terminating at Rotterdam

Due to engineering works on the Dutch railway network, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only circulate between Brussels and Rotterdam on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol and Amsterdam can take other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Rotterdam, including IC Direct trains (where no IC-Direct supplement will be required). Please allow 15 min. extra travel time.

This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

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* Unless expressly stated otherwise, all fares quoted are per person/per leg (VAT included) based on an online reservation for a 2nd class return from Brussels. Please note, terms and conditions apply. Tip: As the number of seats at the lowest fares on Thalys, Eurostar, TGV® and ICE trains is limited, we recommend that you book your trip as early as possible. Most international trains allow reservations to be made from 3 to 4 months before the date of departure (or from 6 months for Eurostar).

Note about the offer for Thalys’ 20th anniversary: from 21 May to 9 June 2016, Thalys is offering an increased, although limited availability of the No-Flex fare in Comfort 2 (2nd class) – a fare which is non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Prices depend on the Thalys route. For instance, a single Thalys ticket in Comfort 2 at the No-Flex fare costs €19 between Brussels and Cologne, €29 between Brussels and Paris and €29 between Brussels and Amsterdam. All Thalys fares can be consulted at the SNCB Europe international product info sheets (instructions to the attention of the sales staff).

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