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About the train journey from Rotterdam to Antwerp

Want to travel from Rotterdam to Antwerp by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Rotterdam to Antwerp usually takes 1 hour 4 minutes on average to travel 78 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 32 minutes. You can expect to find 50 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Antwerp, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. You can choose to travel with Thalys or NS to get to Antwerp – both train companies offer modern comfortable services that will whisk you there in no time.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Rotterdam to Antwerp in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $15.21.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Antwerp, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Rotterdam to Antwerp by train

It takes an average of 1h 4m to travel from Rotterdam to Antwerp by train, over a distance of around 48 miles (78 km). There are normally 50 trains per day traveling from Rotterdam to Antwerp and tickets for this journey start from $15.21 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 32m
PriceFrom $15.21
Distance48 miles (78 km)
Frequency50 trains per day
First train00:21
Last train22:21
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationAntwerp
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsThalys, Flixbus, NS, BlaBlaCar Bus

Rotterdam to Antwerp train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Antwerp for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:11 13:16 1h 5m, direct
12:14 13:16 1h 2m, 1 change
12:58 13:30 32m, direct
13:11 14:16 1h 5m, direct
13:14 14:16 1h 2m, 1 change
13:21 15:10 1h 49m, 1 change
14:11 15:16 1h 5m, direct
14:14 15:16 1h 2m, 1 change
14:58 15:30 32m, direct
15:11 16:16 1h 5m, direct

NS and Thalys trains from Rotterdam to Antwerp

You can travel from Rotterdam to Antwerp on NS and Thalys 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Antwerp

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to Antwerp starts at $15.21 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 Rotterdam to Antwerp 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 Rotterdam to Antwerp

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

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and Antwerp is 1 hour and 4 minutes, with around 50 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 Rotterdam and Antwerp by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Antwerp is 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam to Antwerp cost?

Train tickets from Rotterdam to Antwerp can start from as little as $15.21 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 Rotterdam to Antwerp?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam to Antwerp without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Rotterdam to Antwerp each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Rotterdam to Antwerp leaves at 00:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam to Antwerp leaves at 22:21. 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 Rotterdam and Antwerp by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Antwerp cover a distance of around 48 miles (78 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Antwerp to Rotterdam.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Antwerp for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/29/2022 for travel on 12/29/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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