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.
Yes, absolutely! For a charge of €5 (+ €2 for each additional piece), our partner Wibag – present at Brussels (Midi/Zuid) station – will carry your luggage for you on a trolley everywhere in the station.
Wibag also offers additional luggage services such as wrapping your luggage in heavy-duty protective film, or supplying cardboard boxes approved by airlines and railway companies for transporting your items.
To ensure optimal service, Wibag recommends you book your baggage assistance 24 hours in advance at www.wibag.be or by phone on +32 491 94 04 05.
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 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-Carré, Liège-Saint-Lambert and Sclessin stations.