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

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

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

Please check the adapted schedules in our international journey planner.


Weekends of 1-3 November and 9-11 November: alternative schedule due to engineering works at Brussels-Midi.

During the extended weekends of Friday 1 to Sunday 3 November and of Saturday 9 to Monday 11 November included, important engineering works will be carried out on the rail infrastructure south of Brussels-Midi/Zuid station.

These works will have an impact on the schedule of international trains, especially to/from France and the UK. Between Halle and Brussels, international high speed trains will be diverted via rail line 26 (east of Brussels), resulting in longer journey times (+36 minutes) and reduced rail capacity.

For this reason, an alternative schedule will apply during these weekends:

  • Thalys will follow an adapted timetable (adapted timetable can be consulted within our international journey planner)
  • TGV® Brussels-France will operate an adapted service betrween Brussels Midi/Zuid, Brussels Nord/Noord, Lille Europe and Aéroport Charles de Gaulle (6 shuttle trains a day in each direction connecting Brussels with Lille Europe and/or Aéroport Charles de Gaulle). Booking on these trains will be possble as soon as their schedule is confirmed. Passengers travelling to/from other stations in France can change trains in Lille Europe or Aéroport Charles de Gaulle.
  • Eurostar will operate an adapted service to/from Brussels-Midi/Zuid on Friday 1, Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 November. On Staurday 2, Saturday 9 and Monday 11 November, Eurostar will not serve Brussels but will depart from and terminate at Lille Europe. Passengers can use the TGV shuttles between Brussels-Midi/Zuid and Lille Europe (to be reserved separately).
  • The ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt will depart from/terminate at Brussels-Nord/Noord instead of Brussels-Midi/Zuid
  • The IC Netherlands trains will follow their usual schedule, except for the latest train coming from the Netherlands (IC 9272), which will terminate at Brussels-Nord/Noord instead of Brussels-Midi/Zuid. On the evenings before these extended weekends (i.e. on Thursday 31 October and Friday 8 November), the last two trains (IC 9268 and IC 9272) will terminate at Brussels-Nord/Noord. 

Also check the alternative schedule for our domestic train service from 14 October to 11 November.


2 and 3 November: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works near Rotterdam on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2019, 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.


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye (F) from 1 to 3 November.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye (F) from Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November. Passengers who want to connect Mons and Paris with the Intercity Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection can travel via Charleroi and Maubeuge.

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


IC Namur-Maubeuge-Paris: engineering works between Namur and Charleroi from 5 August to 3 November.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi from Monday 5 August to Sunday 3 November, the Intercity Namur-Maubeuge-Paris will not be operating between Namur and Charleroi.

Please check adapted timetables in our rail planner.


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye from 9 to 11 November.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye (F) from Saturday 9 to Monday 11 November. Passengers who want to connect Mons and Paris with the Intercity Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection can travel via Charleroi and Maubeuge.

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


16 and 17 November: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November, 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.

Besides, the InterCity Netherlands train will not be calling at Brussels Airport-Zaventem due to planned works on the Belgian railway network as well.

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


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye on 16 and 17 November.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye (F) on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. Passengers who want to connect Mons and Paris with the Intercity Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection can travel via Charleroi and Maubeuge.

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


Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.22 to 24 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 from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November included. 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.


IC Namur-Maubeuge-Paris: engineering works between Namur and Charleroi on 23 and 24 November.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi, the Intercity Namur-Maubeuge-Paris will not be operating between Namur and Charleroi on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November.

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


29 November to 1 December: IC 9236 and 9212 not serving The Hague.

Due to planned engineering works near The Hague, the following trains will exceptionally not be serving The Hague from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December included:

  • IC 9212 (departing from Amsterdam CS at 5h12) will be running from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam and Brussels without calling at The Hague.
  • IC 9263 (departing from Brussels-Midi/Zuid at 18h45) will be running to Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam without calling at The Hague.

Passengers to/from The Hague can use other trains operated by NS. 

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 on 7 and 8 December: adapted journey times for ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt7 and 8 December: adapted journey times for ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt.

Due to planned engineering works on the German rail network on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, the journey duration between Aachen and Cologne will be about 1 hour longer than usual.

Please check the adapted schedules in our international journey planner.


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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