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Taking the train from Mechelen to Rotterdam in 1 hour 3 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Mechelen to Rotterdam? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 1 hour 28 minutes to travel the 100 km from Mechelen to Rotterdam by train, although you can get there in as little as 1 hour 3 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 47 trains per day running on this route. You won't need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You'll be hopping on a Nederlanse Spoorwegen (NS) service on your way to Rotterdam. As the main rail operator in the Netherlands, all trains are modern with comfortable seating.

Train tickets from Mechelen to Rotterdam start from $40.80 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Rotterdam? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Mechelen to Rotterdam by train

It takes an average of 1h 28m to travel from Mechelen to Rotterdam by train, over a distance of around 62 miles (100 km). There are normally 47 trains per day traveling from Mechelen to Rotterdam and tickets for this journey start from $40.80 when you book in advance.

First train

5:18 am

Last train

9:48 pm

Departure station

Mechelen

Arrival station

Rotterdam

Journey time

From 1h 3m

Distance

62 miles (100 km)

Frequency

47 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $40.80

Train and bus operators

NS

Mechelen to Rotterdam train times

Check out the next trains departing from Mechelen to Rotterdam for Tuesday May 28th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:58 am 12:02 pm 1h 4m, 1 change
11:24 am 12:46 pm 1h 22m, 1 change
11:24 am 12:49 pm 1h 25m, direct
12:24 pm 1:49 pm 1h 25m, direct
12:29 pm 1:32 pm 1h 3m, 1 change
12:58 pm 2:02 pm 1h 4m, 1 change
1:24 pm 2:46 pm 1h 22m, 1 change
1:24 pm 2:49 pm 1h 25m, direct
2:24 pm 3:46 pm 1h 22m, 1 change
2:24 pm 3:49 pm 1h 25m, direct

NS trains from Mechelen to Rotterdam

You can travel from Mechelen to Rotterdam on NS 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.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

NS classes from Mechelen to Rotterdam

Compare the different travel classes offered by NS when traveling from Mechelen to Rotterdam.

Onboard services on NS

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Mechelen to Rotterdam.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

There are no baggage weight limits on NS trains, so long as you can carry your bags by yourself.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

There is no onboard catering on NS trains.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

The majority of NS Intercity trains have free WiFi on board. If your train has WiFi available, connect to the network 'Wifi in the train' to get online.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 travel free on NS trains. Children between 4 and 11 years old can get a 'Railrunner' ticket, which costs €2.50 a day, for unlimited travel.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Outside peak hours (from 9am to 4:30pm, and after 6pm), at the weekend, on bank holidays and during the summer months, you can take your bike on board NS trains. Bikes must be placed in the designated storage spaces, which you can find by looking for a bike symbol on the side of the car. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal baggage.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board, provided that they travel on your lap or in a suitable travel carrier. Guide dogs are also allowed on board but must be recognisable as guide dogs for the blind or another type of assistance dog. Larger dogs can travel on NS trains, so long as they wear a muzzle and are kept on a leash - you must also buy a dog train ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you can reserve NS Travel Assistance. This service is available 7 days a week. You need to specify the help you need on your online NS account and reserve assistance on the NS website, on the NS app or by phoning (+31) 30 235 78 22.

Cheap train tickets from Mechelen to Rotterdam

The price of train tickets from Mechelen to Rotterdam starts at $40.80 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 Mechelen to Rotterdam 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 Mechelen to Rotterdam

Want to know more about your journey from Mechelen to Rotterdam? 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 Mechelen to Rotterdam take?

The average journey time by train between Mechelen and Rotterdam is 1 hour and 28 minutes, with around 47 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 Mechelen and Rotterdam by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Mechelen to Rotterdam is 1 hour and 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Mechelen to Rotterdam cost?

Train tickets from Mechelen to Rotterdam can start from as little as $40.80 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 Mechelen to Rotterdam?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Mechelen to Rotterdam without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Mechelen to Rotterdam each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Mechelen to Rotterdam leave?

The first train from Mechelen to Rotterdam leaves at 05:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Mechelen to Rotterdam leave?

The last train from Mechelen to Rotterdam leaves at 21:48. 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 Mechelen and Rotterdam by train?

Trains travelling from Mechelen to Rotterdam cover a distance of around 62 miles (100 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Rotterdam to Mechelen.


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