Traffic disruptions, engineering works and service alterationsTraffic disruptions and service alterations

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Covid-19: impact on your international train travel.Covid-19: recommendations.

SNCB is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 in Belgium and in Europe, and has been in permanent contact with the FPS Public Health since the beginning of the outbreak.

Regularly check our updates of the measures taken by the main rail carriers in relation with the coronavirus.

Please notice: for most of the rail carriers, the regular fare conditions will apply. Carefully check each fare's exchange or refund conditions.


TGV Brussels-Rennes not operating on 26 and 27 September.

Due to engineering works in France, TGV 9838 Brussels-Rennes and TGV 9885 Rennes-Brussels will not be operating on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.


Sunday 27 September: ICE 318 calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network on Sunday 27 September, ICE 318 (Frankfurt Hbf 20h29 - Brussels-Midi 23h35) will be diverted around Cologne. As a consequence, this train will not be serving Köln Hbf main station, but will be calling at Köln-Ehrenfeld station instead (in the North-West of the city centre).

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


3 and 4 October: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2020, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Rotterdam Central

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda or Rotterdam and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains. 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.


Sunday 4 October: ICE 318 calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network on Sunday 4 October, ICE 318 (Frankfurt Hbf 20h29 - Brussels-Midi 23h35) will be diverted around Cologne. As a consequence, this train will not be serving Köln Hbf main station, but will be calling at Köln-Ehrenfeld station instead (in the North-West of the city centre).

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


17 and 18 October: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch rail network on Saturday 17 and 18 October 2020, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Breda

Passengers to Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. 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.


TGV Brussels-Rennes not operating on 24 and 25 October.

Due to engineering works in France, TGV 9838 Brussels-Rennes and TGV 9885 Rennes-Brussels will not be operating on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.


31 October and 1 November: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2020 included, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Rotterdam Central

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda or Rotterdam and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains. 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.


Nightjet to Austria will depart half-hour earlier on 2, 5, 9 and 12 November.

Due to announced engineering works on the Belgian rail network, the Nightjet 425/50425 to Innsbruck and Vienna will be diverted between Liège and the German border on Monday 2/11, Thursday 5/11, Monday 9/11 and Thursday 12/11. As a consequence, the Nightjet will depart from Belgium about half an hour earlier than usual. 

  • Brussels-Midi/Zuid: departing at 17h32 (instead of 18h04)
  • Brussels-Nord/Noord: departing at 17h42 (instead of 18h16)
  • Liège-Guillemins: departing at 18h45 (instead of 19h08)

As from Aachen, the Nightjet will continue to Germany and Austria following the usual schedule.


7 to 19 November: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch rail network from Saturday 7 November to Thursday 19 November 2020 inclusive, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Breda

Passengers to Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. 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.


Engineering works in Germany from 14 to 20 November: adapted journey times for ICE Brussels-Cologne.-Frankfurt.14 to 20 November: adapted journey times for ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt.

Due to planned engineering works on the German rail network from Saturday 14 November to Friday 20 November 2020 included, the journey duration between Aachen and Cologne will be about 1 hour longer than usual.

ICE trains to Brussels will depart about 1 hour earlier from Frankfurt and Cologne, while ICE trains to Frankfurt will arrive about 1 hour later in Cologne and Frankfurt.

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


Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.21 and 22 November: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.

Due to planned engineering works near The Hague, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will not be serving The Hague on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November. The trains that usually serve The Hague will depart and terminate at Amsterdam Central (without calling at The Hague but with an intermediate stop at Schiphol Airport). 

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


28 and 29 November: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November 2020, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual). Consequently, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

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


5 and 6 December: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2020, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual). Consequently, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

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


12 and 13 December: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December 2020, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual). Consequently, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

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


Travel in France from 15/12/2019: schedule available as from 3 October.

Every year in mid-December, different European rail companies simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.

Reservations on TGV INOUI trains for journeys to, from and within France from 13 December 2020 onwards will be possible from Tuesday 6 October.


Possible security checks at Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins.

Since July 2017, security checks for passengers travelling on high-speed trains (Thalys, TGV or ICE) have been introduced in the train stations of Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins. Part of a series of measures implemented by the government, these checks are non-systematic and non-permanent and are carried out by authorised security personnel.

Taking into account that you may be subject to the above mentioned security checks, we ask that Thalys, TGV and ICE travellers anticipate a safe time margin and make their way to the platform sufficiently on time.

Travellers are also reminded that they must not be in possession of items that could endanger their fellow passengers.

Feel free to contact us for further information about your journey.

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