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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 52 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Brussels to Amsterdam leaves at 05:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Brussels to Amsterdam cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.