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Take the train from Brussels to Antwerp

The train from Brussels to Antwerp takes just three quarters of an hour and is popular with both tourists and Belgian travellers. The roads between the two cities get very busy, especially at commuter times – so avoid the stress of driving by taking the train. As a bonus, on SNCB services your ticket is refundable up to the night before departure, giving you added flexibility should you choose to stay longer in Brussels.

You’ll arrive into Antwerpen-Centraal station, one of the most picturesque stations in Europe. The Antwerp Zoo is conveniently located next to the station. From here you can walk to the city’s historic centre, the Grote Markt, where you can stop for a bite to eat before exploring the rest of Antwerp. Ready for your journey? Keep reading to discover lots of useful information on the journey, including ticket prices and FAQs.

Brussels to Antwerp by train

It takes an average of 54m to travel from Brussels to Antwerp by train, over a distance of around 26 miles (42 km). There are normally 73 trains per day travelling from Brussels to Antwerp and tickets for this journey start from $12.10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 35m
PriceFrom $12.10
Distance26 miles (42 km)
Frequency73 trains per day
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationAntwerp
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCB, Thalys, Flixbus

Brussels to Antwerp train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Antwerp for Tuesday May 18th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:03 00:21 1h 18m, direct
11:26 00:23 57m, direct
11:49 00:35 46m, direct
11:56 00:54 58m, direct
00:19 01:05 46m, direct
00:26 01:23 57m, direct
00:52 01:27 35m, direct
00:56 01:54 58m, direct
01:19 02:05 46m, direct
01:26 02:23 57m, direct

SNCB and Thalys trains from Bruxelles to Antwerpen

You can travel from Bruxelles to Antwerpen on SNCB and Thalys 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Antwerp

The price of train tickets from Brussels to Antwerp starts at $12.10 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 Antwerp 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 Antwerp

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

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Antwerp is 54 minutes, with around 73 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 Antwerp by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Antwerp is 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Antwerp cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Antwerp can start from as little as $12.10 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 Antwerp?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Antwerp without having to change trains. There are 71 direct trains from Brussels to Antwerp 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 Antwerp leave?

The first train from Brussels to Antwerp leaves at 11:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to Antwerp leaves at 10:56. 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 Antwerp by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Antwerp cover a distance of around 26 miles (42 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Antwerp to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Antwerp for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. 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 05/12/2021 for travel on 05/12/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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