Did you know there are daily direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels? Hop on the train from Amsterdam-Centraal and you can reach Brussels in under two hours. Enjoy ample space to stretch your legs and store your luggage on the modern Eurostar trains, transporting you across Europe at speeds of up to 300 km/h. There’s also a well-stocked food and beverage car to keep your energy levels up on the go.
Arrive at Brussels Midi station and walk 20 minutes to reach the Grand Place, the city’s main square. The bustling square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brimming with historic sights and cheerful cafes. It’s the place to soak in the lively vibes of this exciting European city.
Want to find out more about Amsterdam to Brussels train travel? Read on for all the FAQs and train times for this route.
NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.
Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.
Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Amsterdam-Centraal and Brussels is 3 hours and 4 minutes, with around 35 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels is 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels can start from as little as $30.90 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels leaves at 04:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels leaves at 07:55. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Brussels cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.