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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 46m to travel from Rotterdam to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 74 miles (120 km). There are normally 27 trains per day travelling from Rotterdam to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 10m
PriceFrom €19
Distance74 miles (120 km)
Frequency27 trains per day
First train06:58
Last train22:21
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, Flixbus, Thalys, NS

Rotterdam to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Brussels for Sunday 14th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:11 Rotterdam Centraal09:16 Bruxelles-Midiic direct 9212 NS Get tickets2h 5m, direct
07:14 Rotterdam Centraal09:16 Bruxelles-MidiIC 1123 NS Get tickets2h 2m, 1 change
08:58 Rotterdam Centraal10:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9322 Thalys Get tickets1h 10m, direct
09:11 Rotterdam Centraal11:16 Bruxelles-Midiic direct 9220 NS Get tickets2h 5m, direct
09:14 Rotterdam Centraal11:16 Bruxelles-MidiIC 1131 NS Get tickets2h 2m, 1 change
10:58 Rotterdam Centraal12:08 Bruxelles-Midithalys 9334 Thalys Get tickets1h 10m, direct

NS, Thalys and Eurostar trains from Rotterdam to Brussels

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

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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to Brussels starts at €19 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 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 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 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 46 minutes, with around 27 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 ticket prices from Rotterdam to Brussels can start from as little as €19 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 Rotterdam to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rotterdam to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam to Brussels leave?

The first train from Rotterdam to Brussels leaves at 06:58. 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 22:21. 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 74 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.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/14/2022. 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 10/17/2022 for travel on 10/17/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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