Wondering how to get from Brussels to Liège without taking an expensive taxi? Take a direct train and you’ll be whisked over to Liège in under an hour. Both SNCB and Thalys run high-speed trains on this route. You’ll have plenty of space to store your luggage and stretch your legs, with spacious seats and air-conditioning.
Settle into your comfy seat to enjoy the views and you’ll be in central Liège before you know it. It’s a lot more relaxing than taking to the roads and you’ll be dropped off at the modern Liège-Guillemins railway station with great links to the rest of the city.
Ready to book or need more info? Scroll down to read through the FAQs and search for train times and tickets from Brussels to Liège.
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.
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 Liège 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 Liège is 1 hour and 10 minutes, with around 44 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 Liège is 44 minutes.
Train tickets from Brussels to Liège can start from as little as $21.03 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 Liège without having to change trains. There are 42 direct trains from Brussels to Liège each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Brussels to Liège leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Brussels to Liège leaves at 22:57. 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 Liège cover a distance of around 55 miles (89 km) during the journey.