Thinking of spending some time in the Belgian capital and want more information on how to take the train from Paris to Brussels? Look no further!
On average, the train journey from Paris to Brussels takes 1h 29m, but can take just 1h 22m on the fastest Thalys services. As there are direct trains available, you don’t need to worry about changing along your journey. When travelling on this popular route, your train will depart from Paris Gare de Nord station, hop over the French/Belgian border before arriving at Brussels Midi station.
Fancy travelling in style? Opt for Thalys’ Premium Class and take advantage of wider comfortable seating, a complimentary meal and an onboard taxi-booking service. With such a short journey time, you’ll be swapping patisseries for beer houses, waffles houses and chocolate shops in no time!
Not sure what to do when you arrive at Brussels Midi station? We’ve compiled a guide on how to spend the perfect day exploring Brussels, including a visit to the Grand Palace and a trip to the Waffle Factory! If you want to explore more of what Belgium has to offer, you can easily embark on a day trip from Brussels to the historic city of Bruges.
Keen to find out more? Search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Brussels in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Keep reading to find money-saving tips and FAQs about taking the train from Paris to Brussels.
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 Paris 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!
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 Paris and Brussels is 1 hour and 27 minutes, with around 19 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 Paris to Brussels is 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Brussels can start from as little as $27.72 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 Paris to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Paris to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Brussels leaves at 06:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Brussels leaves at 20:55. 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 Paris to Brussels cover a distance of around 164 miles (264 km) during the journey.
Departing from Paris Gare du Nord
I arrived at the Eurostar terminal in Gare du Nord station around one hour before my train was due to leave, as the check-in closes 30 minutes before departure. If you’re a little early, don’t forget to check out at the historic facade of the building – it’s a real treat! I took a selfie and sent it to my sister to tell her that I had arrived safely at the station.
Equipped with 32 tracks – including four that are underground – Paris Gare du Nord serves many of the main train companies operating in France, including TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, Intercités and TER trains. The North Station is the largest in Europe and there are plans to expand it even more by 2023.
The Eurostar terminal is located on the first floor and is accessible near platform 17 or by lift near the main entrance.
Once at the check-in, I went directly to the queue reserved for people with a European ePassport as the wait is generally shorter – if you have an identity card, you’ll have to go to the manual control counter.
I started by scanning the barcode of my eticket on my phone to cross the access gates, then headed through to the French border control, then the British border control, and finally through baggage check area and a metal detector. It sounds like a lot but all this can be done in around 10 minutes if you’re not leaving around rush hour. If you’re going through security at a busier time, it can take around 30 minutes, so be sure to plan this time in when arriving at the station.
With an ePassport, the border controls are done via Parafe locks (Rapid border crossing). You must put your passport open to the photo page on the reader at the gate, wait while reading, go through the first doors, place your feet on the landmarks by looking at the camera in front of you, and the second doors of the airlock will open.
On the Eurostar train
The seats are large and comfortable with a retractable table and magazine rack between the two front seats (or in some cases below the armrest), there’s a plug with an English socket and European socket. Each carriage has luggage racks at either end as well as space above the seats for storing smaller bags.
If you’d like something to eat or drink during the journey, venture into the restaurant carriage or simply wait for the crew to pass by your seat with the snack trolley.
Arriving into Brussels Midi
Brussels Midi (South) station is the busiest of the three stations in Belgium. The station has a terminal dedicated to Eurostar trains, so once you arrive and step off the train, you just have to go along the platform and down the escalators to find yourself in the central station.
The station has entrances on both sides leading to a large atrium on the ground floor under the docks, where you can find bars and cafes and a large departure sign. There are toilets that require a fee to use (€0.50). From the station, you can go directly to the metro – or you can also have a nice stroll to the city centre in about 20 minutes.
Why choose a train from Paris to Brussels?
It’s not always the case that flying is the best way to travel in Europe. I chose to travel by train from Paris to Brussels because:
Sophie is one of our trusted writers. The information for this review was obtained first-hand and is based on her own travel experience.