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Taking the train from Dortmund to Brussels in 3 hours 23 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Dortmund to Brussels? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 5 hours 27 minutes to travel the 142 miles (229 km) from Dortmund to Brussels by train, although you can get there in as little as 3 hours 23 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 33 trains per day running on this route. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. Thalys – the train company you're likely to travel with at some point of your journey – is a high-speed train that connects some of the main routes between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Running at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h), these modern trains offer comfortable seating, free WiFi and an onboard restaurant.

Train tickets from Dortmund to Brussels start from €16.00 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Brussels? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Dortmund to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 5h 27m to travel from Dortmund to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 142 miles (229 km). There are normally 33 trains per day travelling from Dortmund to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €16 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 23m
PriceFrom €16
Distance142 miles (229 km)
Frequency33 trains per day
First train00:46
Last train22:46
Departure stationDortmund
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, Thalys

Dortmund to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dortmund to Brussels for Tuesday 16th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:10 12:35 3h 25m, 2 changes
09:46 13:35 3h 49m, 1 change
10:46 14:35 3h 49m, 1 change
11:10 16:01 4h 51m, 2 changes
11:12 16:01 4h 49m, 3 changes
12:46 16:35 3h 49m, 1 change
13:10 16:35 3h 25m, 2 changes
14:12 17:35 3h 23m, 1 change
14:46 18:35 3h 49m, 1 change
14:49 18:35 3h 46m, 2 changes

Thalys trains from Dortmund to Brussels

You can travel from Dortmund to Brussels on Thalys 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Dortmund to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Dortmund to Brussels starts at €16 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 Dortmund to Brussels 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Dortmund and Brussels is 5 hours and 27 minutes, with around 33 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 Dortmund and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dortmund to Brussels is 3 hours and 23 minutes.

How much does the train from Dortmund to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Dortmund to Brussels can start from as little as €16 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 Dortmund to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dortmund to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Dortmund to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Dortmund to Brussels leaves at 00:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Dortmund to Brussels leaves at 22:46. 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 Dortmund and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Dortmund to Brussels cover a distance of around 142 miles (229 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Dortmund. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Dortmund to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Dortmund to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/16/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/22/2022 for travel on 08/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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