Fastest journey2hr 1m
Travelling by train from London to Brussels is very easy, with Eurostar offering six to ten departures per day on this route. It is first and foremost a business route, so you’ll have a wider choice of direct trains on weekdays than at weekends.
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. The fastest journey time from London to Brussels is about two hours.
London to Brussels tickets on Loco2 are the same price as booking directly with Eurostar. Tickets can be booked 180 days before travel, and that’s the moment to book if you are keen to get a bargain fare. Even just a couple of months before travel it’s often still possible to find cheap tickets, especially if you are prepared to travel on one of the more lightly loaded off-peak services.
London to Brussels
Board a Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels. Little more than an hour after leaving London you’ll already be in northern France, speeding through Flanders fields towards Lille Europe, where almost all Brussels-bound Eurostar trains make an intermediate stop. Some trains make up to three additional stops – at Ebbsfleet, Ashford and Calais.
From Lille, it is just 35 minutes to Brussels, where Eurostar trains terminate at Brussels Midi station. Trains run every five minutes from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central (for the city centre). Your Eurostar ticket is valid for this short onward hop within Brussels.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
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