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.
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.
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).
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Brussels is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Rotterdam to Brussels leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Brussels cover a distance of around 74 miles (120 km) during the journey.