Offer ended

The reservation train Coast-Express made its last journey on 29 August 2021. It is no longer possible to reserve a seat, but our regular trains continue to run to the coast. Please check the travel planner for the timetable.

Your guaranteed seat on a direct train to the Belgian coast

Are you planning to travel by train to the Belgian coast and you want to be guaranteed a seat? Opt for the Coast Express, our comfortable solution for seat reservations on direct trains to Ostend, De Panne, Knokke and Blankenberge. The timetable of the usual trains to the coast remains unchanged. 

The reservation of a Coast Express seat is only possible in addition to a valid travel ticket.
  • Guaranteed seating: limited number of reservations available 
  • Lowest price and highest comfort: only € 1/journey per passenger 
  • Enjoy more leisure timesave up to 25 minutes per trip 
  • Direct trains from: Brussels-Midi, Liège-Guillemins, Ghent St Pieters and Antwerp Central 
  • To your favorite destination: Ostend, De Panne, Knokke and Blankenberge 

Choose your destination


Travel to/from Ostend, the queen of beaches and the harbour city that hosts the famous Mercator.
Possible connections from/to Liege-Guillemins (only during the weekend) and Brussels-South.


Take the train to/from the flagship seaside destination of the Belgian coast and its 6 km long beach.
Connections to/from Ghent-St- Pieters (until 1st of August) and Antwerp-Central.

De Panne

Travel to/from De Panne, known for its family-friendly beach and incredible nature reserves.
Connection possible from/to Brussels-South.


Discover the fashionable and trendy seaside town by the Belgian coast.
Possible connection from/to Brussels-South and from the 7th of August also from/to Ghent-st-Pieters.

How does it work?

  1. Select the timetable of your desired Coast Express.
  2. Choose your travel date in the next step and add a seat reservation to your shopping basket.
  3. Buy a ticket if you don't have one yet.
  4. Print your tickets or show the PDF on your smartphone when you check in.
  5. Have a nice trip!

Frequently asked questions

The number of seats on each Coast Express train is limited to ensure maximum comfort on board. However, the seats are not numbered. You can sit wherever you like.
Access to the Coast Express is only possible with a seat reservation for the journey in question at the date and time of departure specified on your reservation.
Reservations are mandatory for all passengers over the age of 2.
Up to 4 accompanied children can travel free of charge without a travel ticket, but still with a mandatory seat reservation.
Access to the Coast Express is only permitted with a seat reservation for the route in question at the date and time of departure specified on your reservation.
Your reservation is not valid for any other Coast Express train.
The Coast Express seat reservation is valid for a specific train, but not for a specific class. If you want to travel 1st class with the Coast Express, you need a 1st class ticket and a Coast Express seat reservation (in 2nd class). Take your seat in 1st class and present your 1st class ticket during the ticket check.
If you missed your direct Coast Express train, you can use your train ticket on other trains to your destination.
If there is a later Coast Express, you can also choose to make a new reservation for it. Your original Coast Express seat reservation is not exchangeable.
Seating reservations on the Coast Express are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Reservations are personal and cannot be transferred to a third party.
Any other questions? Check out the frequently asked questions about Coast Express reservations.

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