Fastest journey1hr 34m
Travelling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels is very easy. The number of daily trains serving the route more than doubled in December 2014, 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.
The Thalys service 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 service.
Travel time between the two cities is just under two hours on Thalys and 3 hrs 20 mins on the IC service. The route passes through a densely settled part 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 both the IC and Thalys services go on sale three months prior to travel.
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 InterCity (IC) service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Amsterdam Centraal hourly and makes 11 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, Rotterdam and Antwerp.