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SNCB InterCity Trains

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Overview

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SNCB (NMBS in Dutch) is the Belgian national railway operator, created in 1926. Belgian trains come in various shapes and sizes, from local/commuter routes, to InterRegional, InterCity and International services.

InterCity trains are fast services calling primarily at major stations. These services do not require advanced seat reservation, and are not available for journeys wholly within Belgium.

Accommodation

SNCB operated trains take various forms. InterCity services offer both Standard and First Class accommodation in air-conditioned carriages. 

Standard Class accommodation is usually arranged in blocks of two seats facing each other, with a gangway down the middle (rows of two and two). First Class accommodation is usually arranged with a pair and single set of seats separated by the gangway. Seats face each other again.

Luggage & Facilities

Hand luggage may be transported for free on SNCB services, although it should not exceed 30kg in weight. Storage space is provided above and below passengers' seats. 

Bicycles

Bicycles may be transported on SNCB trains in special bike spaces. An additional fee of €5 is payable per journey, or €8 for one day's unlimited bicycle transport. It is recommended that if you want to travel with your bicycle, you do it outside of peak hours. You will be directed to the appropriate location to store your bike by station staff.

Travelling with Pets

Pets may travel for free on SNCB trains, provided they are kept inside a pet carrier no larger than 55x30x30cm. Dogs on leads may also travel on SNCB services, but a supplement of 50% of the Second Class fare for your journey is payable (to a maximum of €2.20). Discounts are available for regular pet travellers.

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