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Taking a Eurostar train from Brussels to London

Thinking about taking the Eurostar from Brussels to London? We've got you covered.

Direct Eurostar trains from Brussels to London will whisk you from Belgium to the UK in just 2 hours on the fastest services – that's so much quicker than flying when you factor in waiting times at the airport and transfers to and from the city centres. There are around 4 trains per day running on this 197-mile route.

Once you're onboard the Eurostar and whizzing your way over to London via the Channel Tunnel, you’ll enjoy comfortable leather seating, power sockets, free WiFi, and onboard entertainment. Café Métropole (Eurostar's onboard bar buffet) offers drinks and snacks during your journey and if you're travelling in Standard Premier or Business Premier (First Class), you'll get a complimentary meal.

After you've arrived at London St Pancras station, you can easily reach whichever attraction you want to visit thanks to the extensive rail, tube and bus network available.

Ready to book? Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap train tickets from Brussels to London, or carry on reading for timetables and FAQs about the journey.

Brussels to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 5m to travel from Brussels to London by train, over a distance of around 197 miles (317 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Brussels to London and tickets for this journey start from £49.50 when you book in advance.

First train

07:56

Last train

20:56

Departure station

Brussels

Arrival station

London

Journey time

From 1h 56m

Distance

197 miles (317 km)

Frequency

10 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £49.50

Train and bus operators

Regiojet, BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, SNCB

Brussels to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to London for Sunday 25th February 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
09:51 Bruxelles-Midi10:57 London St-PancrasEurostar 9117 Get tickets2h 6m, direct
10:56 Bruxelles-Midi11:57 London St-PancrasEurostar 9121 Get tickets2h 1m, direct
12:56 Bruxelles-Midi13:57 London St-PancrasEurostar 9135 Get tickets2h 1m, direct
14:52 Bruxelles-Midi15:57 London St-PancrasEurostar 9141 Get tickets2h 5m, direct
16:59 Bruxelles-Midi17:57 London St-PancrasEurostar 9149 Get tickets1h 58m, direct
17:56 Bruxelles-Midi19:00 London St-PancrasEurostar 9153 Get tickets2h 4m, direct

Eurostar and SNCB trains from Brussels to London

You can travel from Brussels to London on Eurostar and SNCB 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.

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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).

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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.

Eurostar, SNCB and RegioJet classes from Brussels to London

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar, SNCB and RegioJet when travelling from Brussels to London.

Onboard services on Eurostar, SNCB and RegioJet

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

LuggageLuggageLuggage

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.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

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.

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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.

PetPetPets

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.
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Specific restrictions for trains to/from the United Kingdom:

Liquids:

  • 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.
LuggageLuggageLuggage

When travelling with SNCB, each passenger can take 3 items of luggage on board, as long as the total weight does not exceed 30kg. Once you’ve found your seat, you can stow your luggage in the space provided above and below your seat. You can take the following luggage on board for free:

  • Briefcases, rucksacks and suitcases
  • Wheelchairs (manual or automatic)
  • Pushchairs and prams
  • Folding bikes, unicycles, scooters
  • Sports equipment (e.g. skis)
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Currently, SNCB does not offer a food and drink service. Although, you may bring food and drink with you to enjoy on the train.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

SNCB offer free WiFi in their main stations, including Brussels Central, Bruges, Antwerp Central and more. Currently, SNCB do not offer WiFi onboard their trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

As long as they are travelling with a person aged 12 or above with a valid ticket, children under 12 can travel for free without a ticket. However, please note that this only applies to a maximum of 4 children per passenger with a valid ticket. If you have any additional children travelling with you, they will need a half-price Kids Ticket.

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Hoping to travel with your bike? You’ll need to add a Bike Supplement to your ticket. However, if you’re travelling with a folding bike, you don’t need to worry about paying. Bike Supplements are paid on top of your rail fare and cost €4 for a single journey.

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.

PetPetPets

Guide and assistance dogs

Travel is free for guide and assistance dogs. You won’t need to add a Pet Supplement to your ticket.

Pets

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. Finally, your pet is not allowed to sit on the seats or tables.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial 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.

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There are no weight limits when it comes to luggage on Regiojet trains - you can take what you like, so long as you can carry it by yourself.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Choose from a wide range of drinks, snacks and light bites on board - you'll find the full menu on the Regiojet app. A free bottle of water is available for all customers. For passengers travelling with Relax or Business Class tickets, you'll also be offered a free Italian coffee or mint tea (made with real mint leaves) when on board.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Free WiFi is available on board. You can access the entertainment portal using the Regiojet app, or through the built-in screens on more modern Regiojet trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Pushchairs should be folded up to be taken on board. If this isn't possible, you must store your pushchair at the front or back of the carriage.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Bicycles cannot be transported on Regiojet trains.

PetPetPets

It's possible to bring small pets on board Regiojet trains in suitable carriers. Pets are not allowed in sleeper carriages or couchettes. Guide dogs of all sizes are permitted on board.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Dedicated wheelchair spaces are available on Regiojet trains.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to London

The price of train tickets from Brussels to London starts at £49.50 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 Brussels to London 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.

How many bags are allowed in the different Eurostar classes?

Standard/Standard Premier

  • 2 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Business Premier

  • 3 pieces of luggage up to 85cm long for rucksacks, suitcases, golf clubs or ski equipment
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. handbag, laptop bag or briefcase

Children (for all classes)

  • 1 piece of luggage up to 85cm long
  • 1 hand luggage, e.g. backpack or laptop bag

Everything you need to know about Brussels Midi and London St Pancras stations

How to get to Brussels Midi station 

Located in the southern part of the city, Brussels Midi station is easy to reach by tram, metro, bus, taxi or on foot.  

Brussels Midi station is served by metro lines 2 and 6, making it easy to reach from the city centre.  

If you’re planning to travel by train, you can get to Brussels Midi station from Brussels Centraal station for free with your Eurostar ticket.  

Finally, you could walk to Brussels Midi station. From Grand Place in the city centre, it takes around 20 minutes to get to the station on foot, passing some of the city’s most famous landmarks.  

Arriving at London St Pancras station from Brussels 

With Eurostar, your train will arrive in the heart of the capital, at London St Pancras International station

As soon you’ve stepped off the train, you can make your way out of London St Pancras station. You won’t need to go through passport checks again. 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. 

Using public transport in London

The quickest way to travel around the city is the London Underground, commonly known as the Tube. Once you leave London St Pancras International station, follow the signs to London Kings Cross underground station, where you’ll be able to choose from 6 Tube lines – the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.  

Generally, Tube services run from 05:00 until midnight, with Night Tube services available on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

With plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way, London buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel around the city. You can pay with an Oyster Card, Travelcard or a contactless payment card for Tube and bus journeys. 

Want to get a taxi? You can find a taxi rank on the forecourt of London St Pancras station. 

Going through the Channel Tunnel

Does the train from Brussels to London go underwater? 

Trains from Brussels to London do go underwater. In fact, the Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel” if you prefer its nickname) is just over 31 miles (50 km) in length and is the longest continuous underwater tunnel in the world. At a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) in the Chunnel, it takes a Eurostar train around 35 minutes to travel this underwater stretch. 

How long is the Chunnel? 

The Channel Tunnel is 31.3 miles (50.56 km) long and it takes a Eurostar train approximately 35 minutes to travel its full length. In total, the fastest journey time from Brussels to London is 1 hour and 55 minutes. 

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Brussels and London is 2 hours and 5 minutes, with around 10 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 Brussels and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to London is 1 hour and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Brussels to London can start from as little as £49.50 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.

Is there a direct train from Brussels to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to London without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Brussels to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Brussels to London leaves at 07:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to London leaves at 20:56. 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.

What's the distance between Brussels and London by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to London cover a distance of around 197 miles (317 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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