Brussels and Paris are set to be connected by a new railway link, as Belgium's SNCB and French railway company SNCF Voyageurs announced their plans on Tuesday. The operators have

expressed their intention to launch the service by the end of next year and have initiated the necessary procedures with railway regulators. The proposed route will operate between Brussels Midi and Paris Gare du Nord, utilizing traditional trains instead of high-speed ones.

The estimated travel time for the journey will be three hours, including a stop in Mons, although there will be no direct connection to Brussels Airport. The primary objective of this new service is to provide an alternative option to the existing high-speed trains, aiming to offer competitive pricing, as stated by an SNCB spokesperson. Specific details regarding ticket prices are yet to be disclosed. Photo by Trougnouf, Wikimedia commons.