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.
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 Dortmund to Brussels 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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Dortmund to Brussels is 3 hours and 23 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Dortmund to Brussels leaves at 00:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Dortmund to Brussels cover a distance of around 142 miles (229 km) during the journey.