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How to take a rail journey from Bruxelles/Brussels to Amsterdam

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Bruxelles / Brussels to Amsterdam by train

There is a choice between two services when taking a train from Bruxelles/Brussels to Amsterdam:

1: The Eurostar (formerly Thalys) trains are faster as they exploit the maximum speed of the high speed route from Antwerp to the suburbs of Amsterdam; and when the most heavily discounted tickets are still available, they can be cheaper too!
However, they only depart from Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station.
Though when comparing the journey times factor in the need to pass through the security checks when accessing the trains.

2: The IC trains are slower because they divert off the direct route and also can't match the speed of the Eurostar (formerly Thalys) trains on the high speed lines that they share.
However, they're usually the cheaper option and if you will be buying tickets last minute at the station, they are money savers.
They also depart from Bruxelles-Central and Bruxelles-Nord stations in addition to Bruxelles-Midi.
If you'll be heading to Amsterdam from Bruxelles-Nord, and take a Thalys train, you will need factor in an additional 30 mins from boarding a train to Bruxelles-Midi at Bruxelles-Nord; and then making the transfer at Bruxelles-Midi.

If you will be travelling with Eurail or InterRail passes ignore the Eurostar (formerly Thalys) trains.

Routes you can take to go from Bruxelles / Brussels to Amsterdam

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the Eurostar (formerly Thalys) trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 50 mins - 1hr 55 mins



Travel Info

Monday - Thursday = 12 x trains per day
Friday = 13 x trains
Saturday = 7 x trains
Sunday = 12 x trains

Route Information

Option 2: taking the Intercity trains
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