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Travelling by train from Paris to Brussels

On 1st October 2023, Thalys became Eurostar. Thalys' red trains will stay the same, including the classes and services available on board, but every Thalys train now displays the Eurostar name and logo. 

➡️ Head to our dedicated Eurostar page for more information.

Looking to travel from Paris to Brussels by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Paris to Brussels usually takes 1h 27m, but can take just 1h 22m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Eurostar. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Why not travel First Class on your way to swapping patisseries for beer houses, waffle houses and chocolate shops? Eurostar’s Premium Class (their version of First Class) offers wider comfortable seating, a complimentary meal and even an onboard taxi-booking service!

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Brussels in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for money-saving tips and FAQs.

Paris to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 1h 25m to travel from Paris to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 164 miles (264 km). There are normally 23 trains per day travelling from Paris to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from £25.64 when you book in advance.

First train

06:21

Last train

21:24

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

Brussels

Journey time

From 1h 18m

Distance

164 miles (264 km)

Frequency

23 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £25.64

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, SNCB, Eurostar

Paris to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Brussels for martes 25º junio 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:24 10:47 1h 23m, direct
10:27 11:49 1h 22m, direct
10:55 12:17 1h 22m, direct
11:22 12:44 1h 22m, direct
11:54 13:17 1h 23m, direct
12:15 14:25 2h 10m, 1 change
13:22 14:44 1h 22m, direct
14:54 16:17 1h 23m, direct
15:25 16:47 1h 22m, direct
15:55 17:17 1h 22m, direct

SNCF, Eurostar and SNCB trains from Paris to Brussels

You can travel from Paris to Brussels on SNCF, 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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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).

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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 and SNCB classes from Paris to Brussels

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

Onboard services on Eurostar and SNCB

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

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.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Paris to Brussels starts at £25.64 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 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.

All you need to know about Paris Gare du Nord and Brussels Midi stations

How to get to Paris Gare du Nord

Conveniently located in the heart of the French capital, Paris Gare du Nord station can be easily reached by several urban transport lines, including Paris metro, RER and local buses.

If you plan to travel by train, you can get to Paris Gare du Nord from France’s northern cities such as Calais and Lille and even neighbouring countries like the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

Arriving at Brussels Midi station from Paris

On this route, your train will arrive in the centre of the Belgian capital, at Brussels Midi station.

As soon as you’ve stepped off the train, you can make your way out of Brussels Midi station. When you arrive, make sure you keep your ticket handy 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 Brussels

After exiting Brussels Midi station, you’ll find yourself situated close to the centre of the city. From the station, you can reach the Grand Place, Brussels’ central square, by tram, metro, bus, taxi or on foot.

Things to see and do in Brussels

Boasting delicious chocolate, golden beer and Gothic architecture, Brussels is the perfect location for travellers looking for a short city break. If you’re hoping for vibrant nightlife, fascinating history and mouth-watering cuisine, Brussels is the place for you! To help inspire your next trip, here are some ideas for things to do during your trip to Brussels:

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 1 hour and 25 minutes, with around 23 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 Paris and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Brussels is 1 hour and 18 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Brussels can start from as little as £25.64 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, it is possible to travel from Paris to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 21 direct trains from Paris 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 Paris to Brussels leave?

The first train from Paris to Brussels leaves at 06:21. 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 21:24. 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.

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.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

A relaxing journey on the Eurostar from Paris to Brussels 

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, 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, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and Brussels.

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