Dust off your clogs, because when you travel by train from Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal, you'll be sipping coffee by the canals of the Dutch capital in less than two hours. City centres are notoriously difficult to drive, and with so many Dutch beers to try, you can save anyone in your party being the designated driver.
With 27 high-speed direct services running between Brussels and Amsterdam every day, you'll be travelling in ultimate comfort flying through the European countryside at speeds of up to 300km/h without any traffic jam in sight. All Eurostar, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Thalys trains are fitted with free onboard WiFi, a food and beverage car and plenty of room for luggage too, so there's no need to worry about packing the car. You'll hop off the train right in the centre of Amsterdam - visit one of the many museums available or hop onto a bicycle in no time to explore the city's waterways like a true Dutch local.
Ready to go? Start planning your trip now using our Journey Planner above to find the best deal. Still not convinced? Keep reading for more information on the journey, including times, ticket prices and FAQs.
|Journey time||From 1h 52m|
|Distance||108 miles (175 km)|
|Frequency||15 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||Union Ivkoni (Bus), BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, Thalys, NS, BlaBlaBus|
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).
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.
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.
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 Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal 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 Brussels and Amsterdam-Centraal is 2 hours and 37 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 Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal is 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal can start from as little as €22 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 Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 09:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal leaves at 15:48. 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 Brussels to Amsterdam-Centraal cover a distance of around 108 miles (175 km) during the journey.