How to travel by train from Brussels to Rotterdam where connections are available to Delft, Gouda and Utrecht

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Bruxelles / Brussels to Rotterdam by train

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

1: The Thalys trains are faster as they exploit the maximum speed of the high speed route from Antwerp to Rotterdam; 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 Thalys trains on the high speed line that they also use.
However, they're usually the cheaper option and if you will be buying tickets last minute at the station, they're money savers.

They also depart from Bruxelles-Central and Bruxelles-Nord stations in addition to Bruxelles-Midi.
If you'll be heading to Rotterdam from Bruxelles-Nord, and take a Thalys; factor in additional 30 mins from boarding a train at Nord to boarding a Thalys train at Midi station..

If you will be travelling with Eurail or InterRail passes ignore the Thalys trains.

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

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 Thalys trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 10min



Travel Info

Monday - Thursday = 12 x trains per day
Friday = 13 x trains
Saturday = 6 x trains
Sunday = 9 x trains

Route Information

Option 2: taking the Intercity trains
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