Summer rail timetable comes into force from Saturday 29 June

From Saturday 29 June until Sunday 1 September the Belgian rail company NMBS will be running a Summer timetable. This means that there will be extra trains to the coast and other popular leisure destinations such as theme parks. The will also be fewer rush hour services. So it is worth check on the NMBS website if your train will be running on Monday.      

During July and August there are fewer commuters using the railways, while at the same time there is in an increase in the number of us want to take the train for leisure purposes.

With its modified timetable during the 9 weeks of the school summer holiday period NMBS hopes to switch supply to match demand. 

More trains to the coast

From Saturday 29 June until Sunday 1 September the will be extra trains, both at the weekend and on weekdays, to the four main coastal stations (Ostend, Knokke, Blankenberge and De Panne).

A total of 30 extra trains will be provided to coastal destinations on weekdays with 32 extra services being provided on Saturdays and Sundays. 6 extra trains are on standby and if can be used if necessary when particularly good weather has been forecast.       

Extra rail services will be also provided to popular destinations in the Ardennes and to theme parks such as Walibi and the Pairi Daiza animal park. There will be 13 extra trains on weekdays and 29 extra trains at weekends.    

Special offers

As well as extra services NMBS also has a number of special offers to make rail travel more attractive. During the summer months young people under the age of 26 can buy a Go Unlimited ticket for 15 euro entitling them to a weeks’ unlimited rail travel within Belgium. A monthly Go Unlimited cost 25 euro.  

Those wishing to take the train to one of a number of music festivals music festivals can also enjoy cut price tickets.  

Finally The B-Daytrips, combine cut-price rail travel with entrance to an exhibition, a show an event or a tourist attraction.