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About the journey from Paris to Brussels

The average train time from Paris to Brussels is 1h 29m, although it takes just 1h 22m on the fastest direct Thalys services. There are around 21 trains per day running from Paris to Brussels, the first train leaves Paris Gare de Nord station at 06:13 and the last train leaves at 20:55.

  • All trains depart from Paris Gare de Nord station.
  • All trains arrive into Brussels Midi station.

Why not travel First Class on your way to swapping patisseries for beer houses, waffle houses and chocolate shops? Thalys’ Premium Class (their version of First Class) offers wider comfortable seating, a complimentary meal and even an onboard taxi-booking service! Keen to find out more? Start your search for train times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading to find money-saving tips and FAQS about the train from Paris to Brussels.

Paris to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 4h 3m to travel from Paris to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 164 miles (264 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Paris to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €26.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 20m
Price€26.30 - €376.30
Distance164 miles (264 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsThalys, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Paris to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Brussels for Wednesday 14th April 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:16 Paris Gare du Nord09:47 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9315 SNCF Get tickets1h 31m, direct
09:51 Paris Gare du Nord11:17 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9423 Thalys Get tickets1h 26m, direct
12:19 Paris Gare du Nord13:47 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9339 SNCF Get tickets1h 28m, direct
12:27 Paris Gare du Nord15:33 Bruxelles-MidiRER 80016 SNCF Get tickets3h 6m, 1 change
13:19 Paris Gare du Nord18:44 Bruxelles-MidiTER 16455 SNCF Get tickets5h 25m, 2 changes
17:16 Paris Gare du Nord18:47 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9369 SNCF Get tickets1h 31m, direct
18:42 Paris Gare du Nord20:44 Bruxelles-MidiTGV INOUI 7069 SNCF Get tickets2h 2m, 1 change
21:07 Paris Gare du Nord07:55 Bruxelles-MidiTER 48533 SNCF Get tickets10h 48m, 3 changes
08:16 Paris Gare du Nord09:47 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9315 SNCF Get tickets1h 31m, direct
09:51 Paris Gare du Nord11:17 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9423 Thalys Get tickets1h 26m, direct

Thalys trains from Paris to Brussels

You can travel from Paris 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 Paris to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Paris to Brussels starts at €26.30 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.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price64.87
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price70.49
on the day
avg. single price81.72

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 Paris 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 Paris 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 Paris to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Brussels is 4 hours and 3 minutes, with around 15 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.

How fast does the train from Paris to Brussels travel?

Thalys high-speed trains from Paris to Brussels can travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The fastest journey time from Paris to Brussels by train is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Brussels can start from as little as €26.30 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 Paris to Brussels?

Yes. There are 7 direct Thalys trains that travel from Paris to Brussels each day with an average journey time of 4 hours and 3 minutes.

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

The first train from Paris to Brussels leaves at 04:13 from Paris Gare du Nord. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Brussels leaves at 07:13 from Paris Gare du Nord. 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 Paris and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Brussels cover a distance of around 164 miles (264 km) during the journey.

Which train companies operate between Paris and Brussels?

All trains travelling from Paris to Brussels are operated by Thalys – a high-speed train company connecting the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany.

Looking for more information?

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

Our tips and tricks

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A relaxing journey on the Eurostar from Paris to Brussels 

Review by Sophie Sauze

Departing from Paris Gare du Nord  

I arrived at the Eurostar terminal in Gare du Nord station around one hour before my train was due to leave, as the check-in closes 30 minutes before departure. If you’re a little early, don’t forget to check out at the historic facade of the building – it’s a real treat! I took a selfie and sent it to my sister to tell her that I had arrived safely at the station.  

Equipped with 32 tracks – including four that are underground – Paris Gare du Nord serves many of the main train companies operating in France, including TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, Intercités and TER trains. The North Station is the largest in Europe and there are plans to expand it even more by 2023.  

The Eurostar terminal is located on the first floor and is accessible near platform 17 or by lift near the main entrance.  

Eurostar check-i 

Once at the check-in, I went directly to the queue reserved for people with a European ePassport as the wait is generally shorter – if you have an identity card, you’ll have to go to the manual control counter.  

I started by scanning the barcode of my eticket on my phone to cross the access gates, then headed through to the French border control, then the British border control, and finally through baggage check area and a metal detector. It sounds like a lot but all this can be done in around 10 minutes if you’re not leaving around rush hour. If you’re going through security at a busier time, it can take around 30 minutes, so be sure to plan this time in when arriving at the station.  

With an ePassport, the border controls are done via Parafe locks (Rapid border crossing). You must put your passport open to the photo page on the reader at the gate, wait while reading, go through the first doors, place your feet on the landmarks by looking at the camera in front of you, and the second doors of the airlock will open.  

On the Eurostar train  

The seats are large and comfortable with a retractable table and magazine rack between the two front seats (or in some cases below the armrest), there’s a plug with an English socket and European socket. Each carriage has luggage racks at either end as well as space above the seats for storing smaller bags.  

If you’d like something to eat or drink during the journey, venture into the restaurant carriage or simply wait for the crew to pass by your seat with the snack trolley.  

Arriving into Brussels Midi 

Brussels Midi (South) station is the busiest of the three stations in Belgium. The station has a terminal dedicated to Eurostar trains, so once you arrive and step off the train, you just have to go along the platform and down the escalators to find yourself in the central station.  

The station has entrances on both sides leading to a large atrium on the ground floor under the docks, where you can find bars and cafes and a large departure sign. There are toilets that require a fee to use (€0.50). From the station, you can go directly to the metro – or you can also have a nice stroll to the city centre in about 20 minutes.  

Why choose a train from Paris to Brussels?  

It’s not always the case that flying is the best way to travel in Europe. I chose to travel by train from Paris to Brussels because:  

  • It saves time – airports are usually located outside of cities, so when you take travel time to the airport, waiting time in the terminal and the delays flights often face into consideration, the total time can be a lot longer.  
  • The stations are more central – often located in the heart of the city, getting to the train station is a much simpler journey than getting to the airport. 
  • There’s more luggage allowance – on the train you can take much more luggage than you would when flying, as well as being able to take liquids on board. 
  • It's eco-friendlier – travelling between Paris and Brussels by train generates less carbon dioxide than travelling by plane.  
  • It’s easier to get up and stretch your legs – trains offer a lot more space to get up and walk around than planes, especially when there’s an onboard restaurant carriage!  


About Sophie

Sophie is one of our trusted writers. The information for this review was obtained first-hand and is based on her own travel experience.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 14/04/2021. 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 05/04/2021 for travel on 10/04/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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