The train from Brussels to Antwerp takes just three quarters of an hour and is popular with both tourists and Belgian travellers. The roads between the two cities get very busy, especially at commuter times – so avoid the stress of driving by taking the train. As a bonus, on SNCB services your ticket is refundable up to the night before departure, giving you added flexibility should you choose to stay longer in Brussels.
You’ll arrive into Antwerpen-Centraal station, one of the most picturesque stations in Europe. The Antwerp Zoo is conveniently located next to the station. From here you can walk to the city’s historic centre, the Grote Markt, where you can stop for a bite to eat before exploring the rest of Antwerp. Ready for your journey? Keep reading to discover lots of useful information on the journey, including ticket prices and FAQs.
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 Brussels to Antwerp 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 Antwerp is 54 minutes, with around 73 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 Antwerp is 35 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Brussels to Antwerp 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 Brussels to Antwerp without having to change trains. There are 71 direct trains from Brussels to Antwerp each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Brussels to Antwerp leaves at 11:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Brussels to Antwerp leaves at 10:56. 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 Antwerp cover a distance of around 26 miles (42 km) during the journey.