Belgium train map
Belgium train stations map. Belgium train map (Western Europe - Europe) to print. Belgium train map (Western Europe - Europe) to download. The train network in Belgium is run by the SNCB which stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges, and means National Society of Belgian Railways. As Belgium is also a Dutch (Flemish) speaking nation, you will also see and hear the SNCB referred to as the Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (NMBS) as its shown in Belgium train map. It is a good idea to get to grips with the Flemish and French names as this could be confusing if you are a first-time traveler in Belgium.
As well as the SNCB, the other major train operating companies in Belgium are Thalys, Eurostar, Deutsche Banh ICE trains and TGV (SNCF). Thalys is a Franco-Belgian company running French TGV trains between Paris and Brussels with some journeys traveling on to Amsterdam or Cologne. Belgian domestic tickets are not valid, and special fares apply, with compulsory seat reservations. If you are heading to London, Lille or Amsterdam from Belgium you can take the Eurostar as its mentioned in Belgium train map. The Eurostar has fast become the preference over flying for skipping along to England, France and Holland, and doesn’t take a great deal longer if you factor in the check-in times. German ICE trains (InterCity Express) run between Brussels, Liege, Aachen, Cologne and Frankfurt several times a day.
There are four main services run by the SNCB and on tickets, on arrival and departure boards and on our booking system, they are usually abbreviated by letters. They are Intercity (IC), Train D’Heure de Pointe/Piekuurtrein (P), Local (L) and the Reseau Express Regional/Gewestelijk Expresnet (S) as you can see in Belgium train map. IC (Intercity) trains are the most common train service in Belgium and travel short distances between the major cities in the country and there are some services to neighbouring countries such as Germany, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. They have both First and Second Class seats and the carriages are open-plan by design.