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High-Speed trains from Brussels to Amsterdam 

The average train time from Brussels to Amsterdam is 2h 6m, although it takes just 1h 45m on the fastest Thalys services. There are around 59 trains per day running from Brussels – it’s one of the most popular routes from Belgium to Amsterdam – the first train leaves Brussels Midi at 06:11 and the last train leaves at 21:11. 

  • All trains depart from Brussels Midi station. 
  • All trains arrive into Amsterdam Centraal station. 

Jump on a train from Brussels to Amsterdam and arrive in the Dutch capital in under two hours on the fastest Thalys and Eurostar services. It’s possible to fly, but taking the train is by far the most efficient way to travel from city centre to city centre. You’ll be sipping coffee in one of Amsterdam’s canal side cafés before you know it! 

The train arrives into Amsterdam Centraal station – from here, you’re well connected to the rest of the city. Dam Square, the city’s historic centre, is just 10 minutes away on foot. Be sure to visit the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds and the stunning 15th-century church, the Nieuwe Kerk. For those interested in European history, head to Anne Frank House for a very moving experience of life under occupation during WW2.  

Ready to book? Start a search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times, FAQs and tips on how to find cheap train tickets. 

Brussels to Amsterdam by train

It takes an average of 2h 31m to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam by train, over a distance of around 108 miles (175 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Brussels to Amsterdam and tickets for this journey start from $26.47 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 52m
PriceFrom $26.47
Distance108 miles (175 km)
Frequency23 trains per day
First train05:45
Last train20:55
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationAmsterdam
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCB, BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Thalys, Flixbus, NS, ÖBB

Brussels to Amsterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Amsterdam for Tuesday Aug 23rd 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:52 09:44 1h 52m, direct
08:52 10:44 1h 52m, direct
09:52 11:44 1h 52m, direct
10:52 12:44 1h 52m, direct
11:52 13:44 1h 52m, direct
12:52 14:44 1h 52m, direct
13:45 16:32 2h 47m, 2 changes
13:45 16:35 2h 50m, direct
13:49 16:32 2h 43m, 3 changes
13:49 16:35 2h 46m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Brussels to Amsterdam on SNCB, Eurostar, Thalys and NS 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.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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).

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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Amsterdam

The price of train tickets from Brussels to Amsterdam starts at $26.47 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 Brussels to Amsterdam 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 Brussels to Amsterdam

Want to know more about your journey from Brussels to Amsterdam? 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 Brussels to Amsterdam take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Amsterdam is 2 hours and 31 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 Brussels and Amsterdam by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Amsterdam cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Amsterdam can start from as little as $26.47 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 Brussels to Amsterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Brussels to Amsterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Brussels to Amsterdam leaves at 05:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to Amsterdam leaves at 20:55. 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.

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

Trains travelling from Brussels to Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Amsterdam for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/23/2022. 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 07/07/2022 for travel on 07/07/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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