Amsterdam to Brussels by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $34.32
  2. 30 day advance $34.32
  3. 7 day advance $43.42
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 34m
  • Distance
    176 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 21m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels by train

Fast trains from Amsterdam to Brussels take around 1 hour and 34 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 176 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Amsterdam and Brussels.

1. Are there direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels?

Direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels have been found.

We usually find around 46 direct trains on the route from Amsterdam to Brussels every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 50 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Amsterdam to Brussels?

The Amsterdam to Brussels train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 34 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Amsterdam to Brussels train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Brussels is usually scheduled to depart Amsterdam around 05:55 and the last train is around 21:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Amsterdam around 05:52, and the last at 21:25.

What's the Amsterdam to Brussels train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Amsterdam to Brussels are $34.32.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $34 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $43. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Amsterdam to Brussels train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Amsterdam to Brussels by train.

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Which train companies operate between Amsterdam and Brussels?

More than one train company operates on the route from Amsterdam to Brussels, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Eurostar
  • IC Direct
  • InterCity
  • Intercites
  • Intercités
  • THA
  • Thalys

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Brussels to Amsterdam by train

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Thalys or IC

Travelling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels is very easy. The number of daily trains serving the route increases each year, so passengers on the route are now spoilt for choice. Opt for either a premium Thalys train or the more frequent but slower Intercity (IC) service. Eurostar also launched a Amsterdam to Brussels link in 2018, so passengers now have yet another option.

The Thalys and Eurostar services must be pre-booked and each ticket includes a seat reservation. The IC option allows you to be totally flexible as tickets are not tied to a specific train service.

The route taken by all trains passes through a densely settled region of Europe, but there’s plenty of interest outside the carriage window. You’ll see much striking modern architecture and, in the first half of the journey, even the occasional windmill stranded in urban settings.

Tickets for Thalys and Eurostar services go on sale at least four months prior to travel. A much shorter booking horizon applies to the slower IC trains.

Amsterdam to Brussels

Thalys trains on this route generally run at least every two hours, with extra services at peak times. Services start at Amsterdam Centraal and also serve Schiphol Airport. Trains make just two other stops en route, in Rotterdam and Antwerp, before arriving at Brussels Midi station. The Eurostar trains follow the same pattern, except that they omit the Antwerp stop.

The Intercity (IC) service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Amsterdam Centraal every hour or two and makes eight stops on its journey to Brussels. In Brussels, this service includes a very useful stop at Brussels Central (close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city) before continuing to Brussels Midi where the train terminates. The IC train serves both Schiphol Airport and Brussels National Airport and also stops at Den Haag and Rotterdam. An extra stop at Breda was added in April 2018.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.