If you're travelling between Belgium and the Netherlands you may be wondering whether you should drive. However, in this day and age of eco-friendliness, why not leave your car at home and take the train from Brussels to Rotterdam Centraal instead? In just over an hour on a comfortable and speedy Eurostar train you could be in the heart of Rotterdam ready to start sightseeing.
You'll find the train a much more convenient and pleasant experience than driving. For a start, you'll be able to enjoy beautiful views along the way as well as a spacious seat with plenty of room for your bags. You'll arrive refreshed in the centre of the city with plenty to see and do. Eurostar have three class options – Standard, Standard Premier, or Business Premier for those travelling with work. And forget the baggage restrictions associated with flying, you can bring as much luggage as you need.
Take a stroll to the Maritime Museum or shop in the Markthal, or why not discover the unusual and famous cube houses, one of the city's most iconic attractions? If you're ready for a Rotterdam adventure, read on for ticket prices, schedules and money-saving tips. Or use our helpful Journey Planner at the top of the page to book today.
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).
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.
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 Rotterdam Centraal 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 Rotterdam Centraal is 2 hours and 5 minutes, with around 53 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 Rotterdam Centraal is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Train tickets from Brussels to Rotterdam Centraal can start from as little as $22.35 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 Rotterdam Centraal without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Brussels to Rotterdam Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Brussels to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 11:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Brussels to Rotterdam Centraal leaves at 10:49. 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 Rotterdam Centraal cover a distance of around 75 miles (120 km) during the journey.