Bruxelles / Brussels to Montpellier by train

How to take the rail journey from Brussels/Bruxelles to Montpellier

TGV trains are are able to use a combination of high speed (LGV) railways to rush from Brussels/Bruxelles to Montpellier in the south of France.
On Fridays to Sundays the afternoon departure has it's journey extended beyond Montpellier, so that it is direct to Sete, Beziers and Perpignan; though on every day but Saturdays, the first train of the day also has good connections on to towns to the west of Montpellier.

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Routes

From Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid to Montpellier St-Roch

Travel Information

Avoid having to make the transfer across Paris from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare De Lyon by taking these direct trains from Bruxelles to Montpellier.
However, it is generally cheaper to travel via Paris.

These trains are usually scheduled to depart from Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station daily at 08:17 and 10:17 and 16:17.
On Fridays to Sundays only, the 16:17 departure continues beyond Montpellier to Beziers, Narbonne and Perpignan.

The 10:17 departure goes to Montpellier Sud de France station.

All trains also call at: Aeroport CDG; Marne La Vallée; Lyon and Valence TGV

The 08:17 train on Mon-Sat and the daily train usually scheduled to depart at 16:17 also call at
Nimes

Aim to be at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station a minimum of 15 - 20 mins before your train is due to depart.
You will have to pass through security checks before boarding these trains and queues can build up at busy times.

Mon-Friday: 3 x trains per day
Saturday: 2 x trains
Sunday: 3 x trains

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.

These trains are  usually scheduled to depart from Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station daily at 08:17 and 16:17 and on Mon-Sat at 10:17

Using rail passes:

If you're planning to use a valid Eurail or InterRail pass to make this journey, more information is available on our guide to using rail passes on trains from Belgium.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
B-Europe *

B-Europe Guide

B-Europe is the website provided by Belgium's national railway operator for the sale of international rail journeys from and to Belgium.
Therefore tickets can be booked for the following international train services to/from Belgium

  • Eurostar
  • IC trains to France, Luxembourg and The Netherlands
  • ICE trains to Germany
  • Thalys trains to Germany, The Netherlands and Paris
  • TGV trains to destination in France other than Paris
    B-Europe offers a 'Best Fares' policy for journey by these trains.

It also sells international end-to-end journeys solely by train, with connections outside of Belgium, if you will be heading to popular destinations in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Users of Eurail and InterRail passes can also book seat reservations on the Eurostar and Thalys services without paying booking fees.

SNCF Connect *

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert( to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

SaveATrain *

SaveATrain Guide

Happyrail *

Happyrail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed

Good to Know

The train will reverse direction on departure from Lille-Europe.

From the high speed line between Lyon and Nimes From the high speed line between Lyon and Nimes

Step on board for one of longest European train journeys, on which you will be travelling at more than 275 km/h on high speed lines, for virtually the entire train trip!

The train will move on to a high speed line around 10 mins after it has departed and won't leave it until the train arrives in Nimes.

And it is the speed which gives this journey its only wow factor, though if you can stay awake, the views from the window become more scenic the further the train travels south.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Lille-Europe.

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