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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £27.00
  2. 30 day advance £30.50
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  1. It is easy to travel by train from Brussels to Rotterdam. The two cities are just 150 kilometres apart and the fastest trains take little more than an hour for the cross-border journey. Belgium and the Netherlands are both members of Schengen so, while there may be some light-touch security checks on the train, there are no frontier formalities as such.

    Bookings for the high-speed trains on this route open four months in advance of travel. Both cities are key business centres, so it’s a route where trains can be busy. You are more likely to find a bargain fare if you can travel at off-peak times. Note that, in addition to the fast Thalys trains on the Brussels-Rotterdam route, there are also slowly intercity trains, which generally run hourly. For these slower trains we can only sell postal tickets, which must be mailed to a UK address.

    Brussels to Rotterdam

    Brussels to Rotterdam

    There are generally two trains each hour from Brussels to Rotterdam. All trains leave from Brussels Midi. One train each hour is an Intercity service which is comfortable but slow. It makes eight stops along the way including a very useful alternative Brussels pickup point at Brussels Central very close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city. This train also stops at Brussels National Airport.

    The other hourly train on this route is a high-speed service operated by Thalys. It makes just one stop; that’s at Antwerp. The Thalys train takes 70 minutes for the run from Brussels Midi to Rotterdam Centraal. That’s an hour faster than the Intercity.

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