Brussels National Airport railway station

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Brussels National Airport
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Station Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven.jpg
Tunnel to the railway station
Location Brussels Airport (Level -1)
Coordinates 50°53′50″N 4°29′05″E / 50.89722°N 4.48472°E / 50.89722; 4.48472Coordinates: 50°53′50″N 4°29′05″E / 50.89722°N 4.48472°E / 50.89722; 4.48472
Owned by NMBS
Line(s) 25N, 36C
Platforms 3
Tracks 5
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code BNAT, FBNL
Opened 1958
Rebuilt 1998, then in 2012
Electrified Yes

Brussels National Airport is a railway station located beneath Brussels Airport, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. The station opened in 1958 on the Lines 36C and Lines 25N. The train services are operated by National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB).


The station was opened in 1958 in the old airport building, mainly for the universal exposition in Brussels. With the opening of a new airport terminal in 1994, the railway station was moved in 1998 to a new location inside the new building. Following the opening of the new Diabolo project, the station was extended in June 2012 to enhance the comfort and passengers experience. The trains arrive and leave from level -2, with ticket desks on level -1. Passengers can go to the different floors in the airport and railway station by using a set of escalators and elevators, a couple of meters away of the platforms.

There is no dedicated car park but Brussels Airport carparks are available a short walk away, without any discount for rail customers.

The railway station connects the airport directly to the main Brussels stations, including the international Brussels-South and centrally-located Brussels-Central stations. The railway stations of Leuven and Mechelen can also be directly reached from the airport. From all these stations, one can easily travel to every city of Belgium; there are direct trains to the cities of Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Halle or Mons.

Since December 2014, the new Benelux train allows passengers to travel directly to Rotterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Amsterdam[1]

Future Development[edit]

Once the new Schuman-Josaphat tunnel[2] is finished, a new connection will be established to connect Brussels Airport directly to the stations of the EU quarter, being Brussels-Schuman and Brussels-Luxembourg. This will bring the travel time between the Airport and the EU quarter to about 15 minutes. The Belgian Railways plan to open the new connection in 2015.[3]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently the serve the station (2014-2015 timetable):

  • High speed service: Thalys Brussels Airport - Brussels - Paris (summer seasonal)
  • Intercity services Amsterdam - The Hague - Rotterdam - Roosendaal - Antwerp - Brussels Airport - Brussels
  • Intercity services Tournai - Ath - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services Mons - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services Antwerpen - Mechelen - Brussels Airport - Leuven - Hasselt
  • Intercity services Ostend - Bruges - Kortrijk - Zottegem - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services Bruges - Gent - Brussels - Brussels Airport (weekdays)
  • Intercity services Gent - Brussels - Brussels Airport (weekends)
  • Intercity services De Panne - Gent - Aalst - Brussels - Brussels Airport - Leuven - Landen
Preceding station   Thalys   Following station
toward Paris-Nord
Thalys Terminus
Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
NS International 9200
toward Tournai
IC 06 Terminus
toward Mons
IC 06A
IC 08
toward Hasselt
toward Oostende
IC 23 Terminus
toward Brugge
IC 23A
toward De Panne
IC 29
toward Landen


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