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Travelling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels

On 1st October 2023, Thalys became Eurostar. Thalys' red trains will stay the same, including the classes and services available on board, but every Thalys train now displays the Eurostar name and logo. 

➡️ Head to our dedicated Eurostar page for more information.

Planning a day trip from Amsterdam to Brussels by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Amsterdam to Brussels can take just 1 hour and 53 minutes on the fastest services. You can travel directly on this route with Eurostar. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

You can also travel with NS and SNCB from Amsterdam to Brussels. Not all routes are direct – but don’t worry! We’ll show you every step of the way in our Journey Planner and app.

Travelling by train means you can go straight from city centre to city centre. You’ll step off the train 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, as 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 can be.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels with us today? If you want to find out more first, keep reading for:

Amsterdam to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 2h 57m to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 108 miles (175 km). There are normally 26 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from £12.46 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 0m


108 miles (175 km)


26 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £12.46

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, NS, Eurostar

Amsterdam to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Brussels for Tuesday 2nd July 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:08 14:08 2h 0m, direct
12:25 15:11 2h 46m, 1 change
12:25 15:17 2h 52m, direct
13:38 15:38 2h 0m, 1 change
14:08 16:08 2h 0m, direct
15:08 17:08 2h 0m, direct
16:08 18:08 2h 0m, direct
17:08 19:08 2h 0m, direct
17:38 19:38 2h 0m, 1 change
18:08 20:08 2h 0m, direct

NS and Eurostar trains from Amsterdam to Brussels

You can travel from Amsterdam to Brussels on NS and Eurostar 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.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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 carriage. 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). On 1st October, 2023, Eurostar and Thalys joined forces and are now united under the Eurostar name. Eurostar now runs trains on more routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. These trains, with their distinctive red colour scheme, have three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to First Class, with lounge access included).

Eurostar and NS classes from Amsterdam to Brussels

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar and NS when travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels.

Onboard services on Eurostar and NS

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Amsterdam to Brussels.


Although there's no weight limit for your luggage on Eurostar trains, you must be able to carry your bags safely by yourself.

Each bag must be clearly labelled and must be no longer than 85 cm (for trains to and from the United Kingdom) or no larger than 75 x 53 x 30 cm (for trains in Europe).

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Are you travelling to or from the United Kingdom? In Eurostar Standard Class, choose from a wide selection of drinks and snacks at the Eurostar Café, the onboard café-bar in the middle of the train. Cards and cash (Euros or pounds) are accepted. If you're travelling in Standard Premier, a light meal and a drink will be served at your seat.

Travel in Business Premier and you'll be treated to a gourmet meal, as well as a continuous drinks service throughout your journey.

For all other Eurostar trains (red trains, formerly Thalys), head to the bar car and choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as sweet and savoury snacks.

In Premium class, you'll get a free meal served directly to your seat.


Eurostar doesn't have an onboard entertainment portal. However, there is free WiFi available, as well as UK and EU plug sockets at your seat so you can charge your devices while travelling.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 can travel free on Eurostar trains, as long as they're sitting on an accompanying adult's lap. Alternatively, buying a child ticket guarantees them their own seat.

You'll find changing tables on all Eurostar trains, as well as family-oriented seating (4 seats facing one another) where available.


Currently, only certain Eurostar trains running between London and Brussels can transport fully assembled bikes - contact Eurostar for more information. You can, however, take a foldable bike on board Eurostar trains to and from the UK provided that it's no more than 85 cm long and it fits in a protective bag that covers the whole bicycle. Folded bikes are treated as standard luggage.

For all other Eurostar trains in Europe, a limited number of non-foldable bikes can be brought on board, provided that the wheels are taken off and the whole bicycle is stored in a suitable cover (max. size 135 x 85 x 30 cm). Foldable bicycles are also allowed and count towards standard luggage limits.


The rules around travelling with your pets depend on whether you're travelling across the Channel or not, so check before you travel:

Eurostar trains to and from the United Kingdom:

  • Pets are not permitted on board.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs can travel, but they must be accompanied by their owner. You must also reserve a ticket for your assistance dog at least 48 hours before travel, by filling out Eurostar's contact form.

Trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Small dogs and other pets weighing less than 6 kg can travel for free. They must travel in a cage or carrier (max. dimensions 45 x 30 x 25 cm).
  • If your dog is larger than this, you must buy them a dog ticket (generally the price is fixed at €30, around £26), and the dog must travel on your lap or on the ground, on a lead and with a muzzle.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs, whatever their size, travel for free.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help getting on or off the train, you should contact Eurostar directly before your trip. To use Eurostar's special assistance program, fill in the contact form at least 48 hours before your journey so that the team can help you.

If you're travelling to/from the United Kingdom:

  • Arrive at least one hour before your train's scheduled departure time, then head to the Eurostar Assist desk or ask a member of staff.
  • If you have a wheelchair, you must reserve a wheelchair space in either Standard Premier or Business Premier - you'll only pay for a Standard Class ticket. Someone can travel with you at a discounted rate.

If you're travelling on red trains in the rest of Europe:

  • Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they're no bigger than 70 cm long and 120 cm high. The wheelchair's turning circle must be no larger than 150 cm in diameter. The combined weight of the wheelchair, passenger and any luggage must not exceed 300 kg.
  • Please note that combustion engine-powered wheelchairs are not permitted on board. However, electric wheelchairs are allowed.

Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:


  • There's no restriction on liquids. However, there are restrictions on alcohol: you can take 4 bottles/cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine per person to enjoy on the journey, but large bottles of spirits are not permitted. If you're travelling with large quantities of alcohol, you should contact a courier service.

Sports equipment:

  • You can travel with a golf bag as long as it's no larger than 120 x 35 x 35 cm.
  • You can bring tents or other shelters if they're stored in bags or cases less than 85 cm long.
  • Camping gas or butane bottles are not permitted on board.
  • Camping utensils or tools such as pocket knives and Swiss army knives are permitted provided the blades are less than 75 mm long. Folding knives where the blade locks into place are prohibited.
  • You can bring bats, snooker or pool cues and darts on board if they're stored in a protective case.

There are no luggage 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.


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.


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 carriage. Foldable bikes can be transported like normal luggage.


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 lead - 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 Amsterdam to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels starts at £12.46 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 Amsterdam to Brussels 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.

SNCB classes and services on board

SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium. When travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels, you may find yourself on an SNCB train. Find out more about these trains here.

Services on board SNCB trains

  • Luggage: You can take 3 pieces of luggage (max. 30 kg in total) per passenger on board SNCB trains. There are luggage storage areas above and below your seat. You can take wheelchairs, folding bikes, pushchairs and sports equipment on board for free as part of your luggage allowance.
  • Food and drink: Currently, SNCB does not offer catering on board, though you can take your own drinks and snacks for the journey.
  • Entertainment: SNCB doesn’t offer onboard WiFi at the moment. However, there is free WiFi available in Belgium’s main stations, including Brussels-Midi.
  • Travel with children: Up to 4 children under 12 can travel for free if they are travelling with a person aged 12 or over holding a valid ticket. For additional children, you’ll need to buy a half-price Kids Ticket.
  • Bikes: To travel with a bicycle, you’ll need to buy a Bike Supplement on top of your ticket (€4). When boarding, speak to the train conductor and they will tell you if there are spaces available and where you can put your bicycle. SNCB advise you not to travel with a bike at Peak times, because bicycle spaces may not be available. Folding bikes can be taken on board for free.
  • Pets: Guide and assistance dogs may travel free of charge. Pets are welcome to travel on SNCB trains if they are on a lead or in a small basket, cage or box. For animals on a lead, a Pet Supplement costs €3 for a single trip. If your pet is in a small basket, cage or box that is smaller than 30 x 55 x 30 cm, you do not need to pay for a Pet Supplement.
  • Special assistance: Passengers with reduced mobility should directly contact SNCB to make use of their free assistance service. You can take your wheelchair on board the train for free, regardless of whether or not you use the SNCB's free assistance service. If you are blind or partially sighted, you can take the train for free in 2nd class.

Classes on board SNCB trains

Second Class

If you're travelling in Second Class, you'll find plenty of luggage storage and plug sockets on board as standard. You can only reserve a seat if you have a group ticket.

First Class

Upgrade to First Class and enjoy more legroom and comfier seats. 

Travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city centre

If you’re visiting Amsterdam from abroad, you might be flying into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Want to know how to get to the city centre from the airport? Keep reading for more details.

Trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The fastest and cheapest way to get to the city centre is the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal station.

Trains are operated by NS, the main rail operator in the Netherlands. Services generally run every 10 - 15 minutes from 06:00 am to 01:00 am (they depart every hour during other times). The journey can take around 15 minutes, leaving you in one of Amsterdam's most central and best-connected locations.

You can buy train tickets for your transfer from the airport to the city centre with Trainline – take a look at our Journey Planner for times and prices.

Buses from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

If you’d like to take the bus, the Amsterdam Airport Express, also known as Bus 397, departs from the airport several times an hour from 5:00 am to around midnight. You can take this big red bus right outside the main airport hall, and it takes about 30 minutes to arrive in central Amsterdam.

At night, you can take the Niteliner bus N97 from the airport to the city centre instead. These run once per hour between 1:15 am and 4:15 am.

Although the bus does not go to Amsterdam Centraal station, it does have stops near Rijksmuseum, Museumplein, and Leidseplein, which are still quite central areas.

As of January 2024, a one-way ticket costs €6.50 (around £5.64), while a return ticket costs €11.75 (around £10.19). You can buy a ticket online, pay with a contactless card on the bus, or purchase a ticket from the ticket office during its opening hours.

Travelling to Amsterdam Centraal station from central Amsterdam

Handily located in the middle of the city, Amsterdam Centraal station is well-served by public transport, including:

  • Metro: Metro lines M51, M52, M53 and M54 serve Amsterdam’s central station.
  • Trams: Tram lines 2, 4, 12, 13, 14, 17, 24 and 26 stop at Amsterdam Centraal.
  • Buses: If you want to travel around by bus, buses 12, 21, 22, 43, 48, 305, 306, 314, 316, 391 and 394 stop at Amsterdam Centraal station.
  • Ferries: There are several free passenger ferry services in Amsterdam as part of the public transport network – lines F2, F3 and F4 serve Amsterdam Centraal.

Psst: if you travelled from the UK to the Netherlands by train, you’ll already be in the right place! Eurostar trains from London to Amsterdam leave from London St Pancras station and arrive at Amsterdam-Centraal station.


Everything you need to know about Amsterdam Centraal station

Once you’ve arrived at Amsterdam Centraal station, you’ll need to get ready to catch your train. 

Train stations between Amsterdam and Brussels

On your way from Amsterdam to Brussels by train, your train will stop off at certain cities.

In total, the journey from Amsterdam to Brussels can take just under 2 hours. Depending on which service you take, you can travel through some of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands and Belgium. The line from Amsterdam to Brussels serves:

Perhaps one of these cities will spark inspiration for your next trip? If you’re curious, don’t wait – check out our guide to seeing the Netherlands by train or our suggested itinerary for a 3 day trip to Belgium and get planning!

Arriving at Brussels Midi station from Amsterdam

You can begin to soak up the city’s atmosphere as soon as you’ve arrived in Brussels.

When travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels by train, you’ll arrive in the centre of the Belgian capital, at Brussels Midi station. You may also see this called Brussel-Zuid or Bruxelles-Midi – these are the Dutch and French names for the station.

Once you’ve stepped off the train, you can make your way out of the station. You won’t need to go through passport checks. Make sure you keep your ticket handy when you arrive, because you’ll need to scan the barcode on your ticket to pass through the gates and exit the platform area.

When you leave Brussels Midi station, you’ll already be close to the city centre – that's the beauty of travelling by train!

From the station, you can reach Brussels’ central square, the Grand Place, by tram, metro, bus, taxi or on foot:

  • Walk: Grand Place is around a 20-minute walk from Brussels Midi train station. Explore Brussels’ streets – you might even walk past the famous Tintin mural!
  • Tram: Head to Gare du Midi tram stop. Take line 3 or 4 to Bourse tram stop and walk to Grand Place.
  • Bus: Take the bus from the Gare du Midi bus stop and take the number 48 bus to the Grand Place bus stop.
  • Taxi: Outside Brussels Midi station, you’ll find a queue of taxis waiting to take you anywhere in the city. It’s worth remembering that these are likely more expensive than public transport.

Using public transport in Brussels

Brussels can be explored on foot, but you can also take advantage of the city’s modern public transport network.

All public transport is managed by the Brussels Intermunicipal Transport Company (STIB).

You can pay for journeys on public transport using a contactless bank card or device. Tap the grey reader when entering the metro, tram or bus. A single journey costs €2.10 (around £1.82) as of January 2024, and your daily travel is capped at €7.50 (around £6.49). Once you hit this cap, you won’t pay any more for that day’s travel.

You can also buy daily passes, which will give you unlimited travel on all public transport for a day. You can find out more about these on the STIB website.

Taking the metro in Brussels

Comprised of 4 lines, Brussels’ metro network is one of the most modern metros in Europe. The metro can take you around the city from 5:30 am until around midnight, seven days a week. Usually, metro trains run every 5-10 minutes.

Taking the tram in Brussels

Boasting 18 lines, the Brussels tram network is one of the largest in the world. Opening at 6:00 am and closing at midnight (though individual line opening hours may vary), the tram is an excellent way to navigate the city while sightseeing along the way. The tram will take you from the city centre, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks and into the outskirts of the city.

Taking the bus in Brussels

Made up of over 50 lines, Brussels’ bus network is another great way to see the city while you get from one destination to another. The bus is also a great way to navigate Brussels during the evening, as the night buses (Noctis) operate around the city on Friday and Saturday until 3:00 am.

Things to do in Brussels and Belgium

Famous for its chocolate, its beer and its stunning Gothic architecture, Brussels is the perfect location if you want a city break. To help inspire your next trip, here are some ideas for things to do in Brussels and beyond:

Explore Europe by train with an Interrail Pass

After visiting Brussels, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With an Interrail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use an Interrail Pass if you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country (this includes UK citizens). If you’re not a European citizen or someone legally resident in Europe, such as an American or Canadian citizen, you can use a Eurail Pass instead.


Travelling to the airport from central Brussels

If you’re flying abroad from Brussels, you’ll most likely depart from the city’s main airport. Brussels Airport is Belgium’s busiest airport and is situated around 7 miles northeast of Belgium’s city centre.

Trains to Brussels Airport

If you want to get from central Brussels to the airport in a fast and inexpensive way, you should take the train! On average, the train from Brussels Central to Brussels Airport takes around 20 minutes. However, on the quickest SNCB services, the train can take you there in as little as 15 minutes.

Generally, the train from Brussels Central to Brussels Airport runs every 10 minutes between 5:00 am and midnight, 7 days a week. The airport train station is located directly below the terminal.

Buses to Brussels Airport

Although not the fastest option, taking the bus to the airport from the city centre is the cheapest option. From central Brussels, you can take the Airport Line (Line 12), a service that takes passengers to level 0, directly below the Arrivals entrance. You can take the bus from central bus stops such as Trône and Luxembourg-Brussels station. In total, the journey takes around 30 minutes.

Taxis to Brussels Airport

If you want to get to Brussels Airport from the city centre with minimum fuss, you could take a taxi. In Central Brussels, there are many taxi ranks and companies. Please note that travelling in a taxi can be expensive – the average fare from the city centre to the airport is around €50 (around £43.27).

Heading to London? Take the train instead

If you were planning on flying back to the UK from Brussels, why not think about taking the train instead? Eurostar services run direct from Brussels-Midi station to London St Pancras International station, with the fastest trains taking around 2 hours to make the cross-Channel trip.

What’s more, you won’t have to worry about liquid limits on the Eurostar – plus there’s a generous luggage allowance!

Find out more about Eurostar and the journey from Brussels to London by train.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam to Brussels? 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 Amsterdam to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Brussels is 2 hours and 57 minutes, with around 26 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 Amsterdam and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Brussels is 2 hours and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Brussels can start from as little as £12.46 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.

Is there a direct train from Amsterdam to Brussels?

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.

What time does the first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leave?

The first train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 06:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam to Brussels leave?

The last train from Amsterdam to Brussels leaves at 22:41. 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 Amsterdam and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Brussels cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Amsterdam to Brussels.

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