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Taking a Eurostar train from London to Brussels

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

The fastest high-speed Eurostar services can take just 2 hours and 1 minute to travel from London to Brussels - that's quick! You'll usually find 3 trains per day travelling the 197 miles (317 km) between these two cities.

Hop on board of one Eurostar's modern and comfortable trains at St Pancras station and enjoy wide spacious seating, free WiFi and UK and EU plug sockets under the seats. Pay a visit to Café Metropole for snacks and drinks as you whizz through the Channel Tunnel into France and through to Belgium. If you fancy travelling in style, Business Premier seats are made out of plush leather, you’ll be served complimentary food and be able to access the lounge at St Pancras.

If you want to know more about the journey from London to Brussels by train, keep reading for timetable, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today, and keep an eye out on our European deals & discounts page for Eurostar promos.

London to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 2h 3m to travel from London to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 197 miles (317 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from London to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €59 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 1m
PriceFrom €59
Distance197 miles (317 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
First train09:01
Last train18:04
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Eurostar, BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus

Eurostar trains from London to Brussels

You can travel from London to Brussels on Eurostar 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 car. 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).

Cheap train tickets from London to Brussels

The price of train tickets from London to Brussels starts at €59 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 London 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 London 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 London to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between London and Brussels is 2 hours and 3 minutes, with around 4 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 London and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Brussels is 2 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from London to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Brussels can start from as little as €59 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 London to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from London 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 London to Brussels leave?

The first train from London to Brussels leaves at 09:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Brussels leaves at 18:04. 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 London and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from London to Brussels 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 Brussels to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Brussels.

Our tips and tricks

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

A comfortable, fast and relaxing journey with Eurostar

Review by Greta Munari

Those who still believe that flying is the quickest and cheapest way to travel have clearly never taken the Eurostar. For this journey, I took one of their high-speed trains that have been connecting London to Paris and Brussels for more than 20 years. The train departed from London St Pancras International at 08:54 and reached Bruxelles-Midi at 12:02 (Belgian time). With Eurostar, you can travel between the two European capitals in about 2h, and you don’t need to change anywhere. Remember that Brussels is one hour ahead of London, so don’t forget to set your watches!

Departing from London St Pancras International

I arrived at London St Pancras station about an hour before departure, as the check-in closes 30 minutes before. To get there, I took the Thameslink that connects southern London to King’s Cross-St Pancras station (bound for Luton airport). The Eurostar terminal is right in the middle of the station and is well sign-posted.

I had to go through three security checks – it took me about 15 minutes as the station wasn’t very crowded. First of all, I scanned my e-ticket, then I walked through the metal detector and finally had my passport checked (if you don’t have a passport, you can also travel with your European ID card).

There are two different areas where travel documents are checked: ID cards are checked on the left-hand side while passports at the right-hand side.

Before travelling, I double-checked on the Eurostar website if it was possible to carry liquids on the train and to my surprise, I found out that it was, unlike on planes. You can also carry two pieces of luggage (max dimensions of 85 cm x 85 cm) – there are no limitations to weight.

After going through security, I found myself in a wide hall with 3 bars, a WHSmith and free toilet facilities. Just like at the airport, there’s a boarding gate that opens about 20 minutes before the departure time. When the gate is open, the platform is announced both in English and French and is also shown on the information screens.

All Eurostar seats are assigned so you’ll have to find your carriage – the number of the carriage is near the train entrances. Make sure you go to the right carriage. I thought my seat was in carriage 5, but I only realised that I was in the wrong carriage when the legitimate owner came to claim his seat!

The train itself

In Second Class, seats are wide and comfortable, have a reclining table and a magazine holder. Between the seats (or sometimes under the armrests) there’s a power socket with both the UK and European pins. Each carriage offers plenty of space for luggage, so my trip was quite comfortable. The toilets are in the middle of every carriage and also include baby changing facilities.

As the train is quite fast and travels through many curves, you need some balancing skills to walk up and down the train, especially if you want to go to the restaurant carriage to get something to eat or drink.

During my journey, I got the chance to have a chat with a nice British lady who was going to southern France – she got off at the first train stop, Lille Europe.

At first sight, the Eurotunnel just looks like any other mountain tunnel, but you’ll soon feel a little drop in temperature in the carriage. The tunnel is 50 km long, and its deepest part is 75 metres below the sea level. You won’t see another train in the tunnel as there are two separate tunnels, one for each direction. Once you get out of the tunnel, the train crosses northern France and stops at Lille before proceeding towards Belgium.

Arriving at Bruxelles-Midi

Bruxelles-Midi is one of the three main train stations of Brussels and the most used in Belgium.  The station has a terminal dedicated to Eurostar trains, so as soon as you arrive at the station, just go down the escalators and leave the terminal and you’ll find yourself in the central station. There are entrances on both sides of the station which lead to a wide hall with bars and cafés and a huge live departure board. Toilet facilities are available and cost €0.50. From the station, you can easily access the underground or walk to the city centre in about 20 minutes.

Why take the train from London to Brussels?

It’s not always true that the plane is the best option to travel in Europe. I chose to take the train from London to Brussels for the following reasons:

  • You save time: airports are usually outside of the city, so you need more time to get to the city centre. You also have to be at the airport at least two hours before departure and delays are likely to happen and ruin your journey. On the other hand, train stations are in the heart of the city centre, and the check-in doesn’t take that long.
  • Luggage allowance is great: you can take many more pieces of luggage on the train than on the plane, and you can also carry liquids.
  • Trains are eco-friendly – travelling by train between London, Paris and Brussels greatly reduces the size of your carbon footprint when compared to air travel.
  • You can enjoy the scenery from your window seat!

 

Origin: London St Pancras International

Destination: Bruxelles-Midi

Train: Eurostar

Travel time: 2h 08m

 

About Greta

Greta is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for . 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 02/24/2022 for travel on 02/24/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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