A Thalys train from Brussels to Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Brussels by train

A Thalys at Brussels Midi.

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A choice of two train services...

The best way from Amsterdam to Brussels (or Brussels to Amsterdam) is by train.  You've a choice of two very different train services, the high-speed all-reserved Thalys trains or the slower but cheaper and more flexible Intercity trains.  I'll explain the pros and cons of each train on this page...

small bullet point  Option 1, Amsterdam-Brussels by high-speed Thalys - fastest & most comfortable.

small bullet point  Option 2, Amsterdam-Brussels by Intercity train - slower, more flexible, cheaper at short notice.

small bullet point  Amsterdam-Brussels train route map

Option 1, Amsterdam to Brussels by Thalys train...

The fastest & most comfortable way...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Brussels

A Thalys to Brussels on platform 15 at Amsterdam Centraal.  See 360 photos inside a ThalysMore information about Thalys.

1st class (Comfort & Premium) seating on an Amsterdam-Brussels Thalys   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Brussels

Comfort & Premium seats, 2+1 across car width.  Larger photo.

 

Standard seats, 2+2 across.  Larger photo.

Crossing the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep between Amsterdam and Brussels

The Thalys sweeps across the Moerdijk Bridge over the Hollands Diep one lazy evening, between Rotterdam & Antwerp.

Option 2, Amsterdam to Brussels by InterCity train...

Slightly slower, but a lot more flexible...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

InterCity train from Brussels to Amsterdam

An InterCity train to Amsterdam at Brussels Midi, jointly run by NS & SNCB (Dutch & Belgian railways).

2nd class on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train   1st class on an Amsterdam to Brussels InterCity train

InterCity train 2nd class.  See larger photo.

 

InterCity train 1st class.  See larger photo.

InterCity train to Brussels at Amsterdam Centraal

An InterCity train from Brussels arrives at Amsterdam Centraal.  There's a locomotive at both ends.

 

Route map...

Amsterdam to Brussels train route map

 

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Highlighted = Amsterdam to Brussels train route.

Red = high-speed line.

Both Thalys & Intercity trains use the high-speed line, shown in red.  However, the IC trains go into Breda and Brussels Airport stations, changing direction in both cases.  The Thalys trains by-pass Breda & Brussels airport, with no change of direction.

European Rail Timetable and map

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.


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