Massive strikes at the railroads: Austria, Belgium and the UK are most affected

If you want to travel abroad by train, you have to take into account delays and cancellations. For example, there are no trains to and from Austria on November 28th. Night trains have been cancelled since Sunday. Rail passengers to Belgium and the United Kingdom are also suffering from strikes.


The Austrian Railways and the trade unions tried in vain on Sunday to avert the strike. There are no trains all day Monday. On Sunday, around 50 night trains will be scrapped, including the Amsterdam – Vienna and Amsterdam – Innsbruck night trains (and vice versa). Trains may also be cancelled on Tuesday.


In Belgium, too, some of the staff of the Belgian railways have announced that they will stop the work. The strike will start on Monday evening 28 November 22: 00 and will last until Thursday 1 December. “For most international train connections (i.e. Thalys, Eurostar, TGV INOUI and the IC Brussels-Amsterdam), we expect a normal service for the time being.” At the Brussels – Frankfurt ICE, trains may fail, and this also applies to the short cross – border traffic between Maastricht – Liège and Roosendaal-Antwerp.

Within Belgium, about a quarter of the trains are expected to run. 2 out of 5 intercity trains will operate on Tuesday, and 1 out of 4 local trains. There will be almost no peak trains (P-trains). There are no trains on any part of the rail network. It then goes around Namur and the Belgian province of Luxembourg and Walloon Brabant.

The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is also still suffering from the necessary strikes. For example, there was a strike on Saturday, november 26. However, Eurostar to London could operate on the normal schedule. However, the schedule of all other trains was seriously disrupted. On 13, 14, 16 and 17 December, new strikes are also planned in the United Kingdom. Just like January 3, 4, 6 and 7, 2023.


No strikes in Germany, but nuisance for train passengers. For example, the Amsterdam – Berlin train does not travel further than Hanover until December 16, and there is a need to change to the ICE. The ICE takes 90 minutes longer than usual.

Between Amsterdam, Cologne and Frankfurt there is also an obstacle for international train passengers. Due to problems with the equipment, many trains only run between the Netherlands and Düsseldorf. In any case, the timetable has been adjusted until 28 November, but expect that there will also be a chance that the timetable will be adjusted afterwards.

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