We spent a half day at Train World Brussels on a rainy January day, and it was one of our kid’s favorite things to do in Belgium, along with Autoworld.
It’s a well-done indoor Museum featuring engines kids can climb in, some of which feature lights and sounds that operate.
Train World is fun for the whole family interested in trains and railroad history. Train World is a railway museum open to the general public in Brussels, offering a detailed look at the history of the Belgian railways and rail
One of the best things about Train World is that it’s inside, so it’s a good choice for days when the weather isn’t great. This made the museum a great stop on our cold January day!
Getting to train world
Train World is in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek. From the city center, there are several easy ways to get there. The easiest is a train from Brussels central station. Discounts are available for having a Train World Museum ticket, and kids ride free on trains.
The metro is a good way to get from the city center to Train World. The museum is near the Schaerbeek metro station, which is on line 5 of the Brussels metro system.
From any of the central metro stations, like Gare Centrale, Arts-Loi, or Bourse, visitors can get on line 5. It takes about 10 minutes to get there.
Train: Another option is to take a train from Brussels-Central station to Schaerbeek station. The Train World museum is just a few minutes’ walk from the station.
Bus: People can also take lines 71, 72, 79, and 89 and get off at Schaerbeek Station.
If you want to drive to Train World, there is a parking lot for visitors, but it might be hard to find a spot during busy times.
As you walk into this unique rail experience, you will see many displays showing how trains and rail transport have changed, from the oldest steam locomotive to present-day high-speed trains and the railway network.
Some of the world’s most influential and rare trains are among the more than 100 trains in the museum’s collection. There’s also an exciting exhibition on the Orient Express.
The large number of steam engines on display is one of the best parts of Train World.
Some of the most well-known and royal trains on display are:
- The “Red Arrow” is the most well-known train in Train World. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Belgian royal family and high-ranking government officials having state visits took the Red Arrow, a luxurious train.
- The “Flying Banana” was a strange and colorful train that took people from Brussels to the coast of Belgium in the 1950s and 1960s. The train is known for its sleek, modern look and yellow and black color scheme.
- The “Taurus” is a modern electric train in Belgium in the 2000s. The train is known for its advanced technology and sleek, air-friendly design.
- The “Palais des Beaux-Arts” was a luxurious train that took people between Brussels and Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.
- The “EMU” is an electric multiple unit, one of the set’s newest trains.
- Pays De Waes, an 1844 tank locomotive
These are just a few famous trains on display at Train World.
The interactive exhibits on railway history are another fun thing to do at Train World. There stations in the museum where you can hear trains signals and horns.
There are also hands-on activities in other rooms, such as interactive train models and a simulator experience where you can drive a train.
There are also guided museum tours.
Train World also has a model train exhibit, and there is also a restaurant on site and a gift shop to pick up some railway memorabilia.
Train World Tickets
Brussels City Card
The Brussels City Card can be a great option since it lets you enter multiple Brussels museums and attractions for a set price. On our visit to several museums one day, it was cheaper to buy the 24-hour pass than to buy each museum ticket separately.
With the Brussels City Card, you can access numerous museums, sights, and public transit in Brussels, Belgium. It depends on your schedule for your trip to Brussels and whether it is a good deal. The card may be cost-effective if you want to use public transportation and visit several attractions. Click below to learn more about the City Card.
For Regular single day tickets:
Click here to buy Train World tickets. The cost of admission to Train World can vary depending on the visitor’s age.
- Adult tickets (18-64 years old): €12
- Reduced tickets (65+ years old): €9
- Children (6-17 years old): €7
- Children under 6: Free
Additionally, some museums offer free admission for certain days of the week or for visitors who hold a Brussels Card or City Card, which offers discounts for various tourist attractions in the city.
Train World is a unique and fun place for kids interested in trains and the development of railways in Belgium and the European continent.