Oostende railway station

Oostende railway station (IATA: ZGJ) is located in Ostend in West Flanders, Belgium. The first station in Ostend was opened in 1838 during the reign of Leopold I of Belgium on the former Belgian railway line 62 to Torhout and is now a supermarket. The NMBS station was opened in 1913 during the reign of Albert I of Belgium. The station is designed to connect trains and ferries and is built with Scottish Granite, Bluestone from Soignes and Limestone from Euville. It is constructed in a classical style of architecture inspired by the French architect from the 18th Century François Mansart and the Louis XVI of France style.

Oostende
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Oostende - Station 1.jpg
LocationNatiënkaai 8400 Ostend
Coordinates51°13′44″N 2°55′33″E / 51.22889°N 2.92583°E / 51.22889; 2.92583Coordinates: 51°13′44″N 2°55′33″E / 51.22889°N 2.92583°E / 51.22889; 2.92583
Owned byNational Railway Company of Belgium
Line(s)50A, Kusttram
Platforms5
Tracks8
History
Opened1838
Rebuilt1913
Electrified3 kV DC overhead on NMBS and 600 V DC overhead on the Kusttram.

The station was served by a daily Thalys high speed service to Paris between 1998 and 31 March 2015.[1]

Train servicesEdit

The Ostend station is a major hub on the NMBS network with frequent InterCity trains serving Brugge railway station, Gent-Sint-Pieters, Brussels South and Liège-Guillemins on Belgian railway line 50A. Connecting InterCity trains run to Antwerpen and Kortrijk.

The station is served by the following services:[2]

  • Intercity services Ostend - Bruges - Gent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Eupen
  • Intercity services Ostend - Bruges - Gent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerpen
  • Intercity services Ostend - Bruges - Kortrijk - Zottegem - Brussels - Brussels Airport
Preceding station     National Railway Company of Belgium   Following station
TerminusIC 01
toward Eupen
TerminusIC 02
TerminusIC 23

KusttramEdit

Ostend is a major hub on the Kusttram which is the coastal tramway run by De Lijn.

CyclingEdit

To encourage cycling the station has an extensive number of cycling racks.

Former FerriesEdit

Regie voor Maritiem Transport used to run services connecting to the Port of Dover connecting with Network SouthEast trains from Dover Western Docks to London Victoria and London Charing Cross stations. These ceased in 1994. In the past ferries operated to Folkestone Harbour connecting with Folkestone Harbour station boat trains to London Victoria and London Charing Cross.

 
Former Jetfoil in the Port of Ostend approaching the terminal.

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