Want to find out more about taking the train from Charleroi to Rotterdam? Look no further.
You'll usually find 32 trains per day running between Charleroi and Rotterdam, which usually take 4 hours 10 minutes to complete the 168 km journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 56 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Rotterdam from Charleroi, you'll just need to make 2 changes along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with Thalys, NS or SNCB, as these are the main train operators on this route.
You can save money on train tickets from Charleroi to Rotterdam if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $25.50. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.
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.
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 Charleroi to Rotterdam 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 Charleroi and Rotterdam is 4 hours and 10 minutes, with around 32 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 Charleroi to Rotterdam is 2 hours and 56 minutes.
Train tickets from Charleroi to Rotterdam can start from as little as $25.50 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Charleroi to Rotterdam. Travelling from Charleroi to Rotterdam by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.
The first train from Charleroi to Rotterdam leaves at 05:19. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Charleroi to Rotterdam leaves at 23:06. 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 Charleroi to Rotterdam cover a distance of around 104 miles (168 km) during the journey.