Thinking about taking the train from Antwerp to Brussels? We’ve got you covered.
The train from Antwerp to Brussels usually takes around 28m to travel 26 miles (42 km). You can expect to find 77 trains per day running on this popular route. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Both Thalys and SNCB operate on this route. The fastest journey time from Antwerp to Brussels on a Thalys or SNCB train is 25m.
To help you get the best train deals, we’ll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Antwerp to Brussels in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you’ll save!
If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!
SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.
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 Antwerp 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 Antwerp and Brussels is 54 minutes, with around 15 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 Antwerp to Brussels is 35 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Antwerp to Brussels can start from as little as €9.50 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 Antwerp to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Antwerp to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Antwerp to Brussels leaves at 10:49. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Antwerp to Brussels leaves at 15:06. 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 Antwerp to Brussels cover a distance of around 26 miles (42 km) during the journey.