The type of SNCB travel ticket varies depending on where you bought the ticket and the type of product chosen.

MoBIB card

  • Your MoBIB card issued by the SNCB is a plastic card the size and shape of a bank card. It comes with an electronic chip and you can load your travel tickets or contracts with other service providers onto it.
  • Your MoBIB card or any replicates have your name on them and are for strictly personal use only.
  • The MoBIB card can contain your season tickets (except the Half-time season ticket and Campus Card).
  • You can also load up to 8 different contracts onto it. You can manage the SNCB season tickets on your MoBIB card directly through your My SNCB account
  • More info about the MoBIB card (pdf) (French version)

Types of digitally-purchased electronic ticket

  • PDF format: To be printed on A4 paper or shown to the train manager on the screen of your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer.
  • e-ID electronic Identity Card: Your travel ticket is linked to your e ID via your national identity number, but it is not physically loaded on the e-ID (a card reader is therefore not required). You can link tickets for several passengers to the same e-ID.
  • Ticket purchased via the SNCB App: With each purchase, you can buy a ticket for up to 6 people, which appears in the form of a barcode to show the train conductor during the ticket inspection.
  • Electronic chip card issued in the train: When you buy your travel ticket onboard the train, it is loaded onto a card containing an electronic chip. You can check/print the ticket loaded onto it at the ticket counters in any Belgian train station, at the ticket vending machines or online at
  • More info about electronic tickets (pdf) (French version)

Comments: For certain Discovery Combi (indicated on the website), you will need to print the PDF to cut out the part to be given to the service provider by following the dotted line provided for this purpose.

At the ticket counter, depending on your ticket choice, the ticket may be:

  • a single, secure paper ticket
  • a plastic card associated with a validation ticket for a certain period in secure paper format
  • a plastic card associated with a validation ticket to be filled in by the passenger in secure paper format
  • your MoBIB card associated with a validation ticket for a certain period in secure paper format
  • More info about paper tickets (pdf) (French version)

Ordinary single or return travel tickets are valid:

  • on the date indicated;
  • for a specified journey;
  • in the requested travel class.

In the case of a return journey, the outgoing leg should always be completed before the return leg. Return journeys must be completed before train services are suspended for the night.

The Weekend Ticket is valid from 7 p.m. Friday until the last train on Sunday, unless it is purchased on our website: the dates entered must always correspond with the exact travel dates.

Most season tickets are loaded onto your personal MoBIB card. You can check the validity period of your season ticket in your My SNCB account and at the ticket vending machines at the station.

Season tickets that are still in paper format, such as the Half-time season ticket or the Student Multi, comprise:

  • a plastic photocard with the season ticket holder’s photo and personal information;
  • a validation ticket stating the travel validity period, and 10 pre-printed journeys to be filled in before each journey.

For Passes that are still in paper format, such as the Standard Multi and the Youth Multi, you simply have to fill in a line in your Pass, chronologically per journey: the day and date of your journey, as well as the full name of your departure and destination station in letters only. If you make a mistake, start again on a new line. Non-compliant entries, crossed out entries, overwriting, or any traces of deletion, rubbing out or other forms of removal invalidate the filled-in line.


What happens if you travel without a valid ticket?

If you travel without a valid ticket:

  • You buy a ticket at the On-board Fare (price of the ticket + €7) and continue on your journey.
  • You do not buy a ticket at the On-board Fare for any reason. The train conductor will issue a statement of Irregularity for an amount of €75. You can always appeal to the Customer Service if you believe your were prevented from presenting a valid ticket or purchasing an On-board Fare ticket for legitimate reasons.

If you are travelling on an expired season ticket:

  • Just like any other passenger, you will need to buy a ticket at the On-board Fare (price of the ticket + €7).

If you have forgotten your season ticket:

  • You buy a ticket at the On-board Fare (price of the ticket + €7). You must then go to the ticket counter of your choice with the ticket bought onboard and your season ticket, valid on the date you forgot it, within 14 calendar days (inclusive of the date of issue of the onboard ticket). You will then receive a full refund.
  • If, for any reason, you do not buy an On-board Fare ticket (price of the ticket + €7), the conductor will issue a statement of Irregularity of an amount of €75. You should then go to the ticket counter of your choice with the statement of irregularity and your season ticket, valid on the date the statement was issued, within 14 calendar days (inclusive of the date the statement was issued). The statement of Irregularity will be closed. You will not have to pay €75.

Specific terms of use will always appear on your ticket. These may include:

  • a restriction on the departure time and/or days of use;
  • a restriction on the passenger category;
  • a restriction related to the passenger’s age.

Tickets bought on our website, the SNCB App or season tickets are always personalised and cannot be transferred to another person. Please make sure you are able to provide proof of ID at the ticket inspection onboard the train.

A zone is a group of stations and/or stops combined into a single tariff point.

  • Aalst zone: Aalst, Aalst-Kerrebroek, Erembodegem

  • Antwerp zone: Antwerp-Berchem, Antwerp-Centraal, Antwerp-Dam, Antwerp-Luchtbal, Antwerp-Noorderdokken, Antwerp-Oost, Antwerp-Zuid

  • Bruges zone: Bruges, Bruges-Sint-Pieters

  • Brussels zone: Arcades, Anderlecht, Berchem-Ste-Agathe, Bockstael, Boitsfort, Boondael, Bordet, Brussels-Central, Brussels-Chapelle, Brussels-Congress, Brussels-Luxembourg, Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Ouest, Brussels-Schuman, Delta, Etterbeek, Evere, Forest-Est, Forest-Midi, Germoir, Haren, Haren-Sud, Jette, Meiser, Mérode, Moensberg, Schaerbeek, Simonis, St-Job, Tour et Taxis, Uccle-Calevoet, Uccle-Stalle, Vivier d’Oie, Watermael

  • Charleroi zone: Charleroi-Ouest, Charleroi-Sud, Couillet, Lodelinsart, Marchienne-au-Pont, Marchienne-Zone

  • Denderleeuw zone: Denderleeuw, Iddergem, Welle

  • Dendermonde zone: Dendermonde, Sint-Gillis

  • Ghent zone: Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ghent-Dampoort, Ghent-Sint-Pieters, Wondelgem

  • Halle zone: Buizingen, Halle, Lembeek

  • Hasselt zone: Hasselt, Kiewit

  • Huy zone: Huy, Statte

  • Knokke zone: Duinbergen, Heist, Knokke

  • La Louvière zone: Bracquegnies, La Louvière-Centre, La Louvière-Sud

  • Leuven zone: Heverlee, Leuven

  • Liège zone: Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Liège-Carré, Liège-Guillemins, Liège-Saint-Lambert, Sclessin

  • Marche zone: Aye, Marche-en-Famenne, Marloie

  • Mechelen zone: Mechelen, Mechelen-Nekkerspoel

  • Mons zone: Mons, Nimy

  • Mouscron zone: Herseaux, Mouscron

  • Namur zone: Flawinne, Jambes, Jambes-Est, Namur, Ronet

  • Verviers zone: Verviers-Central, Verviers-Palais

Mortsel exception:
If the traveller has a ticket (apart from a Local Multi) departing from or arriving at Mortsel, Mortsel-Liersesteenweg, Mortsel-Oude God or Mortsel-Deurnesteenweg, they may board or alight the train at one of the other aforementioned stations, with no further formalities.

However, a “Mortsel zone” does not exist and the used ticket therefore does not permit them to travel freely between these stations as they wish.

Your Youth Holidays 1-month is valid for a period of 31 consecutive days from the time of purchase (unless your Youth Holidays’s validity period begins at the end of June, in which case it is only valid for 30 days).

Please note, your Youth Holidays automatically expires at the end of the holidays. If you purchased a Youth Holidays on the 15th August for a period of 1 month, you will not be able to travel on it for a whole 31-day period.
The Youth Ticket is a ticket for a second class journey.
If you would prefer to travel in 1st class, you can buy a class upgrade or a Class Upgrade Card of 10 upgrades for the same journey.
This change was made after consultation of our customers. Staff in direct contact with the customer were also involved. The main elements that emerged from this study indicate that the SNCB's customers are hesitating as to which product is the most advantageous for them. We hope that this name change will help them find the right product more easily. The aim is to simplify and clarify the SNCB's product range, with universal names that are the same in French and Dutch.