Trying to check train schedule for Bruges to Brussels for 12/11/22 and find no trains or times listed. I heard they do a country wide reset of train schedules after 12/10/22, but would think by now one would be able to look ahead to 12/11 and beyond. Anyone know about this?
I get the same result on https://www.belgiantrain.be/en, having started at nmbs. I worry a bit because 12/11/22 is a Saturday (not a business day ... ) and that would be a more likely time to briefly interrupt service. But if you look at the normal situation, you will find several trains per hour on weekdays, and two an hour on Saturday, all unreserved commuter coaches. Normally these trains stop at all three Brussels stations, but not the airport, which has some special services to/from Bruges, as well as to downtown Brussels.
I think you can check again closer to your travel. It's a really important route. I don't know anything about a reset of the schedules. If I were going to Bruges, I would not normally buy a local domestic ticket in advance. If you are meeting a prepaid, non-changeable service, like a plane, Eurostar, or Thalys, that is a more critical matter.
just to be sure, because dates are written differently in North America and the rest of the world (including Europe).
You mean the 12th of November or the 11th of December?
The last date available to look at on Belgian Train, the official website, is Friday the 9th (available to purchase on 9th November). Not only have the two weekend days 10th and 11th no timetable, but neither have the weekdays following.
Be patient until the timetable is issued.
The new timetable will indeed come into effect in the weekend of December 10/11. However there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to be nervous about this timetable not being published yet. First of all, they don’t start from scratch when they design the new time table. There may be some changes, but the new timetable will be very similar to the current one. So if you want to get an idea about a train journey from A to B on a date after December 10, just look in the current timetable. When you do that, make sure to look at the schedule for the same day of the week. So for instance if you want to travel from Brussels to Bruges on Monday December 12, just look at the train schedule for Monday October 31.
Second of all; the update of the train schedule is a yearly event and it isn’t unique to Belgium. The train schedules of lots of other European countries will be updated as well. This may seem like a huge complicated deal, but it really isn’t a major event in terms of impact on passengers. Train service will NOT be interrupted to implement the new timetable, so trains wil definitely be running that weekend.
Third of all; while it can be helpful to be able to look up train schedules in advance, there is no need to prebook tickets. Trains in Belgium are mass transit. There is free seating, you can’t book or reserve a specific seat. Tickets can’t sell out and cost the same no matter when you buy them, so there really is no point in buying them in advance. Also tickets aren’t tied to specific train on a specific time. If you buy a ticket from for instance Ghent to Antwerp, you can take any train from Bruges to Antwerp on that particular day. You’re even allowed to interrupt your journey along the way, for instance in Ghent altarpiece n this example.
So while I understand you want to be prepared and plan, there is absolutely no reason to be worried about the timetable not being available yet.
Trains will run anyway, several times each hour, so planning is actually not needed.
Thanks all for all the good information. I will just be patient and check it as we get closer to 30 days before or so.
It seems that I didn’t explain myself properly. There is no point in checking the schedule 30 days in advance, it may not even be available yet as that’s only a few weeks from now.
There are several trains per hour between Bruges and Brussels right now and there will still be several trains per hour between Bruges and Brussels after December 10. The schedule change really is not a big deal at all. So relax, and check again at the beginning of December. You will see that the Belgian railway company will still operate trains between Bruges and Belgium at the same frequency.
The website of the national Belgian railway company has now been updated for the new schedule after December 10. Although “new” is a relative term here, since there weren’t many big changes. There were and are still several trains per hour from Bruges to Brussels.