With the Patriotic Grounds discount card, passengers with National Recognition status can enjoy free train travel in both 1st and 2nd class in Belgium.

  • you don't need a ticket, your Patriotic Grounds Discount Card is on your MOBIB card
  • 1st and 2nd class
  • anytime and everywhere in Belgium (except for border zones)
Can be used in conjunction with Priority to a Seat Card and the Free Carer Card.
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Practical info

  • WWI veteran, 1 year in fighting unit
  • WWI veteran, Fort defender
  • WWI veteran, Injury chevron
  • WWI veteran, Croix de l’Yser
  • WWI veteran, Croix du Feu
  • WWI veteran, Volunteer Servicemen medal
  • WWI veteran, Exceptional Action
  • WWI veteran, Russian war invalid
  • WWI veteran, other
  • WWI civilian
  • WWII Belgian forces in Great Britain, 1 year of service
  • WWII prisoners, 4 years of captivity
  • WWII military prisoners - reserve officers
  • WWII Belgian forces in Great Britain – reserve officers
  • Armed resistance fighter
  • Agent and auxiliary – action and intelligence division
  • WWII prisoner, less than 4 years
  • WWII Belgian forces in Great Britain, less than 1 year
  • Beneficiary of national recognition
  • Widow of a National Defence beneficiary
  • Widow of a Public Health beneficiary
  • Widow of a Communications beneficiary
  • Widow of a WWI/WWII beneficiary
  • War veteran, Korea
  • WWI war invalid
  • WWII pensioned war invalid
  • War invalid residing in Belgium
  • WWI military widow, pensioned
  • Military widow from WWII + Korea, former Belgian Congo, Rwanda, Burundi
  • Military widow code 032
  • WWI deportees, non-invalid
  • WWI political prisoner, 10% disability
  • WWI civilian invalid, 10% disability
  • WWII civilian invalid, 10% disability
  • WWI political prisoner, non-invalid, 1 year of captivity
  • WWII political prisoner, non-invalid, 1 year of captivity
  • Underground press resistance
  • Non-invalid civilian resistance fighter or “réfractaire”
  • Non-invalid forced labour deportee
  • WWI widow, civilian victim
  • WWII widow, civilian victim
  • WWI mariner, merchant marines, at least 1 year
Apply for official certification from one of the following bodies:
  • The National Defence
  • The Public Sector Department for Work and Pensions
Present yourself at the station at which the ticket office staff member will be responsible for your Patriotic Grounds Discount Card on your MOBIB card.
If you are not able to go to the ticket office yourself, you can call upon a trusted person to attend on your behalf. This person is to provide your identity card.

The  Patriotic Grounds Discount Card is issued on the MOBIB card

Do you already have a MOBIB card?

If you already have a valid MOBIB SNCB/NMBS, STIB/MIVB, TEC or De Lijn card, your SNCB  Patriotic Grounds Discount Card will then be loaded onto your MOBIB card free of charge at the counter. Bring along with you to the train station:

  • your certificate issued by the defence forces, public sector pension service or the federal public sector social security service
  • your electronic identity card

You do not yet have a MOBIB card?

Bring along with you to the train station counter:

  • your certificate issued by the defence forces, public sector pension service or the federal public sector social security service
  • your electronic identity card
  • € 5 (processing fee)

Don't worry, your ticket office staff member can issue a duplicate card.
This duplicate is issued:

  • upon presentation of the applicant's proof of identity
  • upon payment of a € 5 processing fee
  • upon submission of an ID photo or one downloaded from your identity card

Have you lost your Patriotic Grounds Discount Card? Good news! The ticket staff can issue a duplicate of your card. To be issued a duplicate card, you must provide proof of identity, pay a processing fee of € 5 and submit a passport photo or a photo downloaded from your electronic ID card.

More info on the terms and conditions of Patriotic Grounds Discount Card (Dutch version)

More info on the terms and conditions of Patriotic Grounds Discount Card (French version)