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How to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by train in under 2 hours

Want to spend some time exploring the Belgian capital and looking for more information on travelling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels? Look no further! 

On average, the distance from Amsterdam to Brussels is 108 miles, with the train journey taking around 2h 8m. However, the fastest high-speed NS and Thalys services can sweep you from Amsterdam to Brussels in just 1h 53m. As there are around 17 direct trains running on this popular route every day, there’s no need to change along the journey.  

On this route, you’ll jump on a train at Amsterdam-Centraal station. Whether you’re travelling with Thalys or NS, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities including comfortable seating and free WiFi. In a mere 2 hours, you’ll arrive at Bruxelles-Midi station. Fancy travelling in style? Upgrade to First Class and you’ll receive complimentary food and drink. 

Revered for its waffles, beer and chocolate, Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the perfect place to spend a few days. Not sure what to see and do? Find inspiration in our guide on how to spend one day in Brussels, including a trip to the Grand Palace and the Waffle Factory. 

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, train times and tips on how to find cheap train fares.

Amsterdam to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 2h 32m to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 108 miles (175 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Amsterdam to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from $25.44 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 53m
PriceFrom $25.44
Distance108 miles (175 km)
Frequency23 trains per day
First train06:15
Last train21:38
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, Thalys, NS, ÖBB

Amsterdam to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Brussels for Monday Sep 26th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:15 Amsterdam-Centraal08:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9310 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct
07:15 Amsterdam-Centraal09:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9316 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct
08:15 Amsterdam-Centraal10:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9322 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct
09:15 Amsterdam-Centraal11:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9328 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct
10:15 Amsterdam-Centraal12:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9334 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct
11:15 Amsterdam-Centraal13:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9340 Thalys Get tickets1h 53m, direct

NS, Thalys, Eurostar and ÖBB trains from Amsterdam to Brussels

You can travel from Amsterdam to Brussels on NS, Thalys, Eurostar and ÖBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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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).

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels starts at $25.44 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 to Brussels by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Amsterdam to Brussels

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam to Brussels? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Amsterdam to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Brussels is 2 hours and 32 minutes, with around 23 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Amsterdam and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Brussels is 1 hour and 53 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Brussels cost?

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels can start from as little as $25.44 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.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leave?

The first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam to Brussels leave?

The last train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 21:38. 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.

What's the distance between Amsterdam and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Amsterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/26/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/11/2022 for travel on 08/11/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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