Planning a day trip from Amsterdam to Brussels by train? Start your journey with us.
The train from Amsterdam to Brussels usually takes 2h 8m, but can take just 1h 53m on the fastest services. You can travel direct on this route with Thalys. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.
Travelling by train means you can go straight from city centre to city centre. You’ll step off at Brussels-Midi station (the city’s main train station), just a 20-minute stroll away from the world-famous UNESCO site Grand Place. Take in the famous market square and much more, the city is yours to explore as soon as you arrive!
Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels and we’ll show you how much you can save. Just remember, the sooner you book, the cheaper your tickets will be.
Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.
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.
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).
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
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 Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam and Brussels is 2 hours and 25 minutes, with around 21 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 Amsterdam to Brussels is 1 hour and 53 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Brussels can start from as little as €25 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 21:38. 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 Amsterdam to Brussels cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.