Liège-Guillemins

Liège / Luik, (Belgium)

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About the station


Arguably Europe's most stunning 21st century train station, if you're interested in architecture and on a train passing through Liège-Guillemins, get off and take the next train if you can!

It's also a comparatively easy to use train station - though on a windy winter day it can be a good idea to linger in the passage below the platforms until a couple of minutes before the train departs.

The architecture is beautiful but the protection from the elements isn’t ideal.

DEPARTING BY TRAIN:

When approaching Liège-Guillemins station from the city centre, ignore the wide staircases that sweep up to the station - they only lead to voie/perron/platform 1.

Instead use the doors at street level in the middle of the station under the green glass roof.

These doors lead to a passage way, which runs under the tracks - and both houses all the main facilities at the station, ticket office/machines etc, plus it provides access by escalator and lift to all the of voies/perrons/platforms, that the trains depart from.

The specific voie/perron/platform that a train will be leaving from isn't usually confirmed until 10 - 20 mins prior to departure.

New security screening has been introduced for access to the Thalys trains and as a result the Thalys AND ICE trains now tend to use the eastern end of voies/perrons/platforms 2 - 3.

The voies/perrons/platforms at Liège-Guillemins aren’t zoned, so the departure information at the station gives no indication of where to wait on the voie/perron/platform for specific coaches or 1st class etc.

Though on ICE trains heading to Germany, the 1st class tends to be at the front of the train, while on Thalys trains it is usually at the rear.

So if you're heading to Paris by Thalys, the 1st class is usually at the front of the train.
(The ICE and Thalys trains cannot be used for journeys between Liege and Bruxelles and Brussels).

If you arrive by taxi, it will most likely drop you at the upper level.

Two bridges span the tracks from this car drop off zone - if you're taking a Thalys or ICE use the bridge over the tracks to the right.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN:

If your train arrives at voie/perron/platform 1 (and the IC trains from Bruxelles/Brussels generally do) then you can use the stairs to leave the station - though if you have luggage etc, there are also escalators and a lift available.

If you're heading to the city centre on foot or public transport, and your train arrives at voies/perrons/platforms 2 - 8, you will need to descend, into the passage beneath the tracks, in order to exit the station.

When you have stepped out of the station, the bus stops for connections to the city centre are over to the left.

There is a lift available in addition to escalators - so don't assume you have to use the escalators.

If you're taking a taxi, you need to ascend to the upper level, using the escalators or travellators.

If you will be changing trains don't exit from the voie/perron/platform your train has arrive at, until you have checked the departure posters on each voie/perron/platform - blue header for Mon-Fri, orange for Sat/Sun.

You may be able to simply wait on the same voie/perron/platform for your next train.

If you want to grab a drink or something to eat between trains, then descend into the passage beneath the platforms, or alternatively use the spectacular bridges to transfer to another voie/perron/platform.

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