The average journey time by train between London and Brussels is 2 hours and 4 minutes, with around 9 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.
Go from pies and afternoon tea to the home of chocolate and waffles with a high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels. With direct trains whisking you to the Belgian capital in just under two hours, there’s no reason to opt for air travel! In fact, when you take airport transfer times and queues at check-in into account, the train is the superior option for speed. You'll also relax in wide comfortable seating and enjoy views of the English, French and Belgian countryside from your window along the way. If you fancy really travelling in style, Eurostar Business Premier tickets offer a Michelin-starred gourmet meal as part of your journey.
Conveniently going from city centre to city centre, you’ll arrive at Brussels Midi station with the heart of the city at your feet. Just a 20-minute stroll on foot will take you to the Grand Place, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site. All around the city you’ll be treated some excellent architecture, with many of the buildings featuring urban art decorations. Don’t forget to make some time for those all-important waffles, chocolate and frites though! Brussels isn’t only a foodie’s heaven though – beer fans will love the Belgian take on a classic brew.
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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).
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 London to Brussels 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!
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The average journey time by train between London and Brussels is 14 hours and 18 minutes, with around 7 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 London to Brussels is 2 hours and 3 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Brussels can start from as little as $74.23 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 London to Brussels without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from London to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Brussels leaves at 02:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Brussels leaves at 04:49. 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 London to Brussels cover a distance of around 197 miles (317 km) during the journey.
Those who still believe that flying is the quickest and cheapest way to travel have clearly never taken the Eurostar. For this journey, I took one of their high-speed trains that have been connecting London to Paris and Brussels for more than 20 years. The train departed from London St Pancras International at 08:54 and reached Bruxelles-Midi at 12:02 (Belgian time). With Eurostar, you can travel between the two European capitals in about 2h, and you don’t need to change anywhere. Remember that Brussels is one hour ahead of London, so don’t forget to set your watches!
Departing from London St Pancras International
I arrived at London St Pancras station about an hour before departure, as the check-in closes 30 minutes before. To get there, I took the Thameslink that connects southern London to King’s Cross-St Pancras station (bound for Luton airport). The Eurostar terminal is right in the middle of the station and is well sign-posted.
I had to go through three security checks – it took me about 15 minutes as the station wasn’t very crowded. First of all, I scanned my e-ticket, then I walked through the metal detector and finally had my passport checked (if you don’t have a passport, you can also travel with your European ID card).
There are two different areas where travel documents are checked: ID cards are checked on the left-hand side while passports at the right-hand side.
Before travelling, I double-checked on the Eurostar website if it was possible to carry liquids on the train and to my surprise, I found out that it was, unlike on planes. You can also carry two pieces of luggage (max dimensions of 85 cm x 85 cm) – there are no limitations to weight.
After going through security, I found myself in a wide hall with 3 bars, a WHSmith and free toilet facilities. Just like at the airport, there’s a boarding gate that opens about 20 minutes before the departure time. When the gate is open, the platform is announced both in English and French and is also shown on the information screens.
All Eurostar seats are assigned so you’ll have to find your carriage – the number of the carriage is near the train entrances. Make sure you go to the right carriage. I thought my seat was in carriage 5, but I only realised that I was in the wrong carriage when the legitimate owner came to claim his seat!
The train itself
In Second Class, seats are wide and comfortable, have a reclining table and a magazine holder. Between the seats (or sometimes under the armrests) there’s a power socket with both the UK and European pins. Each carriage offers plenty of space for luggage, so my trip was quite comfortable. The toilets are in the middle of every carriage and also include baby changing facilities.
As the train is quite fast and travels through many curves, you need some balancing skills to walk up and down the train, especially if you want to go to the restaurant carriage to get something to eat or drink.
During my journey, I got the chance to have a chat with a nice British lady who was going to southern France – she got off at the first train stop, Lille Europe.
At first sight, the Eurotunnel just looks like any other mountain tunnel, but you’ll soon feel a little drop in temperature in the carriage. The tunnel is 50 km long, and its deepest part is 75 metres below the sea level. You won’t see another train in the tunnel as there are two separate tunnels, one for each direction. Once you get out of the tunnel, the train crosses northern France and stops at Lille before proceeding towards Belgium.
Arriving at Bruxelles-Midi
Bruxelles-Midi is one of the three main train stations of Brussels and the most used in Belgium. The station has a terminal dedicated to Eurostar trains, so as soon as you arrive at the station, just go down the escalators and leave the terminal and you’ll find yourself in the central station. There are entrances on both sides of the station which lead to a wide hall with bars and cafés and a huge live departure board. Toilet facilities are available and cost €0.50. From the station, you can easily access the underground or walk to the city centre in about 20 minutes.
Why take the train from London to Brussels?
It’s not always true that the plane is the best option to travel in Europe. I chose to take the train from London to Brussels for the following reasons:
Origin: London St Pancras International
Travel time: 2h 08m
Greta is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.