Fastest journey1hr 32m
Travelling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam is very easy. The number of daily trains serving the route has more than doubled since late 2014, so passengers on the route are now really spoilt for choice. You can opt for either a premium Thalys train, an occasional Eurostar or the slower Intercity (IC) service. The Thalys and Eurostar trains 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 about 1 hr 50 mins on both Thalys and Eurostar. The IC service takes an hour longer. You’ll see much striking modern architecture and, in the second half of the journey, even the occasional windmill stranded in urban settings.
Most tickets for travel from Brussels to Amsterdam go on sale about four months prior to travel.
Brussels to Amsterdam
Thalys trains on this route generally run at least every two hours, with extra services at peak times. Trains leave from Brussels Midi station and arrive in Amsterdam at Schiphol Airport before continuing to Amsterdam Centraal. Thalys trains make just two other stops en route, in Antwerp and Rotterdam. The Eurostar services are less frequent, usually just two per day, and they make just one stop (at Rotterdam). They take the same time as Thalys trains.
The IC service (dubbed Beneluxtrein locally) leaves Brussels Midi hourly and makes 11 stops on its journey to Amsterdam Centraal. These include a very useful stop at Brussels Central, which is very close to the Grand Place in the heart of the city. The train serves both Brussels National Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Other en route stops include Antwerp, Breda and Rotterdam. All trains from Brussels terminate at Amsterdam Centraal Station (often abbreviated to CS) which is perfectly located by the River IJ just a five minute walk north of Amsterdam's historic central district. Amsterdam CS also offers a fine range of onward rail connections with departures at least hourly to cities across the Netherlands.
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