Arriving by non Eurostar trains at Bruxelles-Midi

Lyon to Bruxelles / Brussels by train

How to take the thrilling high speed rail journey from Lyon to Brussels / Bruxelles



From Lyon Part-Dieu to Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid

Travel Information

Final Destination: Bruxelles-Midi

All trains also call at: Marne La Valléé and Aeroport CDG

Most trains also call at: Lille-Europe

You can avoid having to cross Paris from the Gare De Lyon to the Gare Du Nord by taking these direct trains from Lyon to Bruxelles.

Mon-Sat : 5 x trains per day
Sunday: 5 x trains


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains, if you particularly want to avoid the transfer across Paris.

Though those journey options via Paris - which involve;

(1) Taking a TGV from Lyon to Paris Gare de Lyon 
(2) Making the transfer from the Gare De Lyon to the Gare Du Nord
(3) Taking a Thalys train from Paris to Bruxelles,

can be cheaper than taking these direct trains; so un-tick those 'direct train' options if you also want to check the alternative journey options and compare them with these direct trains.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
B-Europe from €49

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 from €49

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

Trainline from €49

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €49

Happy rail 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.

Rail Europe from €49
Save A Train from €49

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

These trains heading to Bruxelles are often joined to another train, which will be travelling no further than Lille.

If you can only see a train heading to Lille on the departure screens at the station, it's highly likely that the information will also apply to these trains.

Head to the indicated voie (platform/track) and then when you have reached it, other indicators will show you in which zones/repéres, the part of the train heading to Bruxelles will be located.

If the train you are will be travelling by is calling at Lille; the trains with a journey time of more than 3hr 40mins call there; then the train will reverse direction on departure from Lille.

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