About traveling from Amsterdam to Brussels
While both Amsterdam and Brussels have long histories, they contrast in terms of city life – the color and culture of Amsterdam contrasted against the political power of Brussels. Come for the museums, stay for the beauty, remember the charm.
If you decide to take a car transfer from Amsterdam and Brussels, you can also enjoy some exceptional sights, including the quaint De Haar Castle, canal-threaded Utrecht, the UNESCO-listed Kinderdijk, uber-cool Antwerp, the lovely town of Lier Begijnhof, and the historic Leuven.
How to get from Amsterdam to Brussels
If you’re traveling from Amsterdam to Brussels, you have several travel options. For travelers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels. The fastest way to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Amsterdam to Brussels, though with airport waiting times it is the slowest and most expensive option.
Amsterdam to Brussels by train
To travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by train, you need to get to Amsterdam Centraal station and purchase a ticket to Brussels-Midi, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 5:55 AM, and the last train is at 9:25 PM, with trains departing every hour. The trains from Amsterdam to Brussels are operated by SNCB, Thalys, and Eurostar. Train tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels cost €46 on average for the 2-3 hour trip (depending on which company you choose). The distance from Amsterdam to Brussels is about 200 kilometers.
Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.
|Train intervals||1 hour|
|First/Last Departure||5:55 AM/9:25 PM|
|Duration||~1 hr 50 min OR 2 hr 46 min|
|Operating Companies||SNCB, Thalys, and Eurostar|
Amsterdam to Brussels by bus
To travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by bus, there are several options. There are a couple of major bus stations in each city which offer various connections between one another, so be sure to be mindful of which stations are most convenient for you. In Amsterdam, you can go to the stations Amsterdam Sloterdijk or Amsterdam Bijlmer to purchase your tickets to either Brussels North or Brussels South (also called Midi/Zuid). While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 12:15 AM, and the last bus is at 10:20 PM, with at least one bus leaving every hour. The bus from Amsterdam to Brussels is run by Flixbus, Eurolines, or BlaBlaBus. Bus tickets from Amsterdam to Brussels cost between €10-€30 for the 3 hour trip (exact travel times vary). The distance from Amsterdam to Brussels is about 200 kilometers.
All options offer direct service from Amsterdam to Brussels.
|Time intervals||1 per hour|
|First/Last Departure||12:15 AM/10:20 PM|
|Operating Companies||Flixbus, Eurolines, BlaBlaBus|
Amsterdam to Brussels Flight
To travel by plane, you need to get to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. As usual with flights, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance.
For traveling such a short distance, only direct flights make sense. The plane tickets cost around €165 for the 45 minute flight from Amsterdam to Brussels. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight. Factor in getting to/from the airport, and flying is both the slowest and most expensive option.
|Flights per day||5|
|Departure times||6:50 AM, 9:25 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:45 PM, 9:40 PM|
|Operating Companies||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines|
Amsterdam to Brussels Private Car Transfer
For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Amsterdam, and the driver will take care of your luggage. You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Brussels, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!