Opt for a high-speed Thalys or Eurostar train from Amsterdam to Brussels, and you can swap the coffee shops and canals for excellent beer, waffles and chocolate in less than two hours! The train really is the best way to travel between these two excellent cities, proven by how popular this route is with locals. Join them and enjoy wide, comfortable seats with free WiFi – perfect if you need to get work done while on the go, or you just need to catch up on messages.
Want to travel in style? Thalys and Eurostar trains both feature First Class carriages, where you’ll enjoy the comfiest seats and complimentary meals as part of your ticket – what’s not to like?
Straight from city centre to city centre, you’ll step off at Brussels-Midi station (the city’s main train station), just a 20-minute stroll away from the world-famous UNESCO site Grand Place. Take in the famous market square and much more, the city is yours to explore as soon as you arrive!
Ready to book? Search for tickets in our Journey Planner above, or read on for more information on the journey, from FAQs to train times, we’ve got everything you need.
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 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 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 to Brussels is 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Train tickets from Amsterdam 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 to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 04:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam 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 to Brussels cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.