Fastest journey1hr 34m
Travelling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels is very easy. The number of daily trains serving the route increases each year, so passengers on the route are now spoilt for choice. Opt for either a premium Thalys train or the more frequent but slower Intercity (IC) service. Eurostar also launched a twice-daily Amsterdam to Brussels link in 2018, so passengers now have yet another option.
The Thalys and Eurostar services must be pre-booked and each ticket includes a seat reservation. The IC option allows you to be totally flexible as tickets are not tied to a specific train service.
Travel time between the two cities is 1 hr 50 mins on Thalys and Eurostar. The IC service takes one hour longer. The route taken by all trains passes through a densely settled region of Europe, but there’s plenty of interest outside the carriage window. You’ll see much striking modern architecture and, in the first half of the journey, even the occasional windmill stranded in urban settings.
Tickets for Thalys and Eurostar services go on sale at least four months prior to travel. A much shorter booking horizon applies to the slower IC trains.
Amsterdam to Brussels
Thalys trains on this route generally run at least every two hours, with extra services at peak times. Services start at Amsterdam Centraal and also serve Schiphol Airport. Trains make just two other stops en route, in Rotterdam and Antwerp, before arriving at Brussels Midi station. The twice-daily Eurostar trains follow the same pattern, except that they omit the Antwerp stop.
The Intercity (IC) service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Amsterdam Centraal every hour or two and makes eight stops on its journey to Brussels. In Brussels, this service includes a very useful stop at Brussels Central (close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city) before continuing to Brussels Midi where the train terminates. The IC train serves both Schiphol Airport and Brussels National Airport and also stops at Den Haag and Rotterdam. An extra stop at Breda was added in April 2018.
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