Brussels to Amsterdam 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 $30.42
  2. 30 day advance $45.27
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 32m
  • Distance
    176 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 22m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Brussels to Amsterdam by train

Fast trains from Brussels to Amsterdam take around 1 hour and 32 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 176 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Brussels and Amsterdam.

1. Are there direct trains from Brussels to Amsterdam?

Direct trains from Brussels to Amsterdam have been found.

We usually find around 31 direct trains on the route from Brussels to Amsterdam every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 45 departures.

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

The Brussels to Amsterdam train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 32 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Amsterdam is usually scheduled to depart Brussels around 05:45 and the last train is around 21:52. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Brussels around 05:44, and the last at 21:52.

What's the Brussels to Amsterdam train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Brussels to Amsterdam are $30.42.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $45 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $34. 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 Brussels to Amsterdam 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 Brussels to Amsterdam by train.

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Which train companies operate between Brussels and Amsterdam?

More than one train company operates on the route from Brussels to Amsterdam, 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.

Amsterdam to Brussels by train

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Thalys or Eurostar or IC

Travelling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam is very easy. The number of daily trains serving the route has more than doubled since late 2014, so passengers on the route are now really spoilt for choice. You can opt for either a premium Thalys train, an occasional Eurostar or the slower Intercity (IC) service. The Thalys and Eurostar trains 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.

You’ll see much striking modern architecture and, in the second half of the journey, even the occasional windmill stranded in urban settings.

Brussels to Amsterdam

Thalys trains leave from Brussels Midi station and arrive in Amsterdam at Schiphol Airport before continuing to Amsterdam Centraal. Thalys trains make just two other stops en route, in Antwerp and Rotterdam. The Eurostar services are less frequent, and they make just one stop (at Rotterdam). They take the same time as Thalys trains.

The IC service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Brussels Midi hourly and makes 11 stops on its journey to Amsterdam Centraal. These include a very useful stop at Brussels Central, which is very close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city. The train serves both Brussels National Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Other en route stops include Antwerp, Breda and Rotterdam. All trains from Brussels terminate at Amsterdam Centraal Station (often abbreviated to CS) which is perfectly located by the River IJ just a five minute walk north of Amsterdam's historic central district. Amsterdam CS also offers a fine range of onward rail connections with departures at least hourly to cities across the Netherlands.

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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.