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Taking the train from Rotterdam to Brussels

Planning a trip from Rotterdam to Brussels? Take the train and you’ll be in the heart of Brussels in just over an hour. High-speed Eurostar trains whisk you over at speeds of up to 300 km/h. Sink into spacious seats and mingle with friendly locals for insider Brussels tips. It’s a lot less tiring than taking to the roads, and it’s eco-friendly!

Reach Brussels Midi station and you’re a mere 20 minutes away from the Grand Place, the vibrant square in the city centre. Spend some time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to many historic buildings and eating spots. It’s the perfect place to kick off your time in this atmospheric European city.

Intrigued? Find out more about the Rotterdam to Brussels train route below, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Rotterdam to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 1h 38m to travel from Rotterdam to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 75 miles (120 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €17.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 10m
Price€17.50 - €92
Distance75 miles (120 km)
Frequency35 trains per day
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsunion_ivkoni

Rotterdam to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Brussels for Friday 3rd Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
13:10 Rotterdam Centraal14:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIC direct 9236 NS Get tickets1h 40m, direct
13:14 Rotterdam Centraal14:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIntercity 1147 NS Get tickets1h 36m, 1 change
14:10 Rotterdam Centraal15:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIC direct 9240 NS Get tickets1h 40m, direct
14:14 Rotterdam Centraal15:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIntercity 1151 NS Get tickets1h 36m, 1 change
15:10 Rotterdam Centraal16:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIntercity 9696 NS Get tickets1h 40m, direct
15:14 Rotterdam Centraal16:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIntercity 1155 NS Get tickets1h 36m, 1 change
15:58 Rotterdam Centraal17:08 Bruxelles-MidiThalys 9364 NS Get tickets1h 10m, direct
16:10 Rotterdam Centraal17:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIC direct 9248 NS Get tickets1h 40m, direct
16:14 Rotterdam Centraal17:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIntercity 1159 NS Get tickets1h 36m, 1 change
17:10 Rotterdam Centraal18:50 Brussels-Airport-ZaventemIC direct 9252 NS Get tickets1h 40m, direct

Eurostar, NS and Thalys trains from Rotterdam to Brussels

You can travel from Rotterdam to Brussels on Eurostar, NS and 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.

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 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).

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

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 Rotterdam to Brussels

Train tickets from Rotterdam to Brussels start at €17.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €44.34.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price30.41
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price30.45
on the day
avg. single price44.34

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 Rotterdam 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and Brussels is 1 hour and 38 minutes, with around 35 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 Rotterdam and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Brussels is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam to Brussels cost?

Train tickets from Rotterdam to Brussels can start from as little as €17.50 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Rotterdam to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Rotterdam to Brussels. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Rotterdam to Brussels leaves at 05:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam to Brussels leaves at 22:14. 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 Rotterdam and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Brussels cover a distance of around 75 miles (120 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Rotterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rotterdam to Brussels.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 12/05/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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