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

With SNCB International, get all the latest info on rail traffic in Europe, in particular on direct connections between Belgium and France, the Netherlands and Germany.

We’ll also provide you with practical pages to help you find your way in Europe’s train stations, as well as real-time timetables for thousands of trains in Europe.

With SNCB International, get all the latest info on rail traffic in Europe, in particular on direct connections between Belgium and France, the Netherlands and Germany.

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.


Engineering works in Germany from 13 to 22 April: ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.From 13 to 22 April: ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network from Saturday 13 April to Monday 22 April included, most ICE trains connecting Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt will be diverted around Cologne.

As a consequence, most ICE trains 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).

Please check the adapted schedules through our international rail planner.


From 13 to 28 April: adapted Thalys schedule between Cologne and Dortmund. 13 to 28 April: adapted Thalys schedule between Cologne and Dortmund.

Due to planned engineering works on the German rail network, Thalys is forced to adapt its schedule between Cologne and Dortmund from Saturday 13 April to Sunday 28 April.

As a consequence, the journey duration between Cologne and Dortmund will be 30 to 40 minutes longer.

Besides, from Monday 22 April to Thursday 25 April, most Thalys trains to Germany will terminate at Cologne (Köln Hbf). Likewise, most Thalys trains starting from Germany will depart from Cologne (Köln Hbf).

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on.


Substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April.Substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on 20 and 21 April.

Due to planned engineering works in the South-East of the Netherlands, trains connecting Hasselt, Liège and Maastricht will be replaced by substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April

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 20 to Monday 22 April: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam not serving Brussels Airport.20 to 22 April: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam not serving Brussels Airport.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network from Saturday 20 to Monday 22 April 2019 included, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will exceptionally not be serving Brussels Airport-Zaventem.

Passengers travelling between Brussels Airport-Zaventem and the Netherlands can change trains at Mechelen station, and use SNCB trains between Mechelen and the 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.


Engineering works in Germany from 23 to 25 April: ICE trains terminating at Köln Hbf.From 23 to 25 April: ICE trains terminating at Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network, ICE trains connecting Brussels with Frankfurt will only operate between Brussels and Köln Hbf. from Tuesday 23 April to Thursday 25 April. Passengers to/from Frankfurt will have to change trains at Köln Hbf.

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 26 to 28 April: ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.From 26 to 28 April: ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network from Friday 26 April to Sunday 28 April included, most ICE trains connecting Brussels, Cologne and Frankfurt will be diverted around Cologne.

As a consequence, most ICE trains 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.


Thalys and Intercity Netherlands not serving Antwerp-Central during several weekends until 10 June.Thalys and Intercity Netherlands not serving Antwerp-Central during several weekends.

Due to planned engineering works near Antwerp, Thalys and Intercity Netherlands trains will not be serving Antwerp-Central during the following weekends:

  • 11 and 12 May
  • 18 and 19 May
  • 25 and 26 May
  • 8, 9 and 10 June

During these weekends, Intercity Netherlands trains will exceptionally call at Antwerp-Berchem instead of Antwerp-Central station. Passengers travelling between Antwerp and the Netherlands are advised to depart or alight at Antwerp-Berchem station.

Passengers travelling between Antwerp and Paris can use SNCB trains to Brussels-Midi station, where they can get on the Thalys trains to Paris Nord. This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from Paris to Antwerp.


18 and 19 May: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Rotterdam Central

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in 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.


8 June: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works near Rotterdam on Saturday 8 June 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.


Substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.Substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on 15 and 16 June.

Due to planned engineering works in the South-East of the Netherlands, trains connecting Hasselt, Liège and Maastricht will be replaced by substitution buses between Visé and Maastricht on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June

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

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