Just in case staring into the shiny masterpiece that is the Atomium has made you wish for something even more sparkly, our train route from Brussels to Antwerp takes you to the European home of diamonds! Even if you’re not feeling plush enough to purchase a new rock, there’s still much to appreciate in the gem that is Antwerp city.
The perfect way to combine the lush green of Brussels with the waterside charm of Antwerp, our train route takes just 30 minutes, so you can enjoy both in the same day! Thalys and SNCB trains will speed you between cites, and both with First Class options if you want the diamond standard. Enjoy a sparkling trip through Europe with our train route, read more in our FAQs below!
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 Antwerpen-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 Antwerpen-Centraal is 36 minutes, with around 79 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 Antwerpen-Centraal is 30 minutes.
Train tickets from Brussels to Antwerpen-Centraal can start from as little as €9.50 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Antwerpen-Centraal without having to change trains. There are 78 direct trains from Brussels to Antwerpen-Centraal. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Brussels to Antwerpen-Centraal leaves at 00:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Brussels to Antwerpen-Centraal leaves at 23:49. 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 Antwerpen-Centraal cover a distance of around 25 miles (41 km) during the journey.