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Traffic disruptions and alterations

Eurostar terminal at Brussels-Midi moves temporarily as from 17 August 2016

For your comfort and security, refurbishment works are being carried out at the Eurostar terminal at Brussels-Midi station. These works will start from Wednesday 17 August for a duration of 6 months.

For the entire duration of these works, Eurostar passengers to the UK will check-in through a temporary Eurostar terminal located next to the "Proximus" shop at the Galerie du Midi, alongside Place Horta.

Spot the temporary Eurostar terminal on the station map (PDF) >

Passengers do not need to plan additional check-in time despite this relocation: in spite of possible queues due to this new temporary layout, pasengers must still check-in at least 30 mins. before departure.

Eurostar passengers to Lille will still check-in at the Intra-Schengen terminal located on the balcony (1st floor) alongside Place Horta.

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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Thalys 9484 departing from Cologne (instead of Essen) from 9 July to 31 August.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network, Thalys train n° 9484 (Essen Hbf 17:50 - Köln Hbf 18h44 - Brussels-Midi 20h32 - Paris Nord 22h05) will depart from Cologne instead of Essen. Therefore, Thalys 9484 will not be serving Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf Airport and Düsseldorf from Saturday 9 July to Wednesday 31 August included.

Between Essen and Cologne, travellers can make use of local trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. 

20 and 21 August: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains terminating at Roosendaal or Rotterdam

Due to engineering works on the Dutch railway network, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only circulate between Brussels and Roosendaal on Saturday 20 August and between Brussels and Rotterdam on Sunday 21 August.

Passengers to Dordrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol and Amsterdam can make use of any other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Roosendaal (or Rotterdam). Please allow 15 min. to 1 hour extra travel time (depending on the connection). This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

These works have no impact on Thalys services.

17 and 18 September: 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 17 and Sunday 18 September.

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol and Amsterdam can make use of any other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Roosendaal (or Rotterdam). Please allow 15 to 30 min. extra travel time (depending on the connection). This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

These works have no impact on Thalys services.

24 and 25 September: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains temporarily suspended. Alternative route via Breda (bus)

Due to engineering works between Antwerp and Rotterdam, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only operate between Brussels and Antwerp on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September

Passengers using InterCity trains to travel to The Netherlands that weekend, are advised to board replacement bus services at Noorderkempen for onward travel to Breda. IC-Direct services will run every half hour from Breda to Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. Passengers to Dordrecht and The Hague can take NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. Passengers to Roosendaal can take the regional train from Antwerp to Essen and board replacement bus services to Roosendaal. 

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

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

Thalys services will operate as normal.

1 and 2 October: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains temporarily suspended. Alternative route via Breda (bus)

Due to engineering works between Antwerp and Rotterdam, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only operate between Brussels and Antwerp on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Passengers using InterCity trains to travel to The Netherlands that weekend, are advised to board replacement bus services at Noorderkempen for onward travel to Breda. IC-Direct services will run every half hour from Breda to Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. Passengers to Dordrecht and The Hague can take NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. Passengers to Roosendaal can take the regional train from Antwerp to Essen and board replacement bus services to Roosendaal. 

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

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

Thalys services will operate as normal.

8 and 9 October: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains temporarily suspended. Alternative route via Breda (bus)

Due to engineering works between Antwerp and Rotterdam, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only operate between Brussels and Antwerp on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October

Passengers using InterCity trains to travel to The Netherlands that weekend, are advised to board replacement bus services at Noorderkempen for onward travel to Breda. IC-Direct services will run every half hour from Breda to Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. Passengers to Dordrecht and The Hague can take NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. Passengers to Roosendaal can take the regional train from Antwerp to Essen and board replacement bus services to Roosendaal. 

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

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

Thalys services will operate as normal.

22 and 23 October: Brussels-Amsterdam InterCity trains terminating at Roosendaal

Due to engineering works on the Dutch railway network, InterCity services between Brussels and Amsterdam will only circulate between Brussels and Roosendaal on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October.

Passengers to Dordrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol and Amsterdam can make use of any other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Roosendaal (or Rotterdam). Please allow 15 min. to 1 hour extra travel time (depending on the connection). This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.

These works have no impact on Thalys services.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November: Thalys trains not calling at Schiphol Airport

Due to planned engineering works between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Thalys trains connecting Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam will be diverted via Gouda on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Consequently, these trains will not be calling at Schiphol Airport during this weekend.  

Passengers to Schiphol can use regular InterCity trains to Schiphol Airport, or travel with Thalys to Amsterdam CS and use local train or metro connections to Schiphol.

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