Intercity Brussels

Intercity Brussels

  • 16 times a day to various destinations in Belgium
  • Amsterdam – Antwerp in 1h50m
  • Buy your ticket at least 7 days before departure for the lowest price
  • You may travel on any Intercity Brussels train on the chosen day of departure
  • Schedule


    As of 9 April, Intercity Brussels will start with a high-speed connection via Breda to Antwerp and Brussels. For travellers from Amsterdam and Schiphol this results in a considerable travel time gain. The connection via Breda ensures that Belgium can also be easily reached by train from the south of the Netherlands. The Hague maintains a direct connection with Brussels four times a day.

    Connection Intercity Brussels

    From various stations in the Netherlands you can find a connection to Intercity Brussels. If you are travelling from Utrecht you will only need to go to Rotterdam to catch the international Intercity to Belgium. Travelling from Brabant you can easily change trains in Breda to Belgian destinations.

    For a complete travel itinerary, consult our itinerary planner

  • Prices

    Prices for Intercity Brussels

    The moment of travel of booking and the departure and arrival station determine the price. Your ticket will give you access to every train on the chosen day of departure. You cannot reserve a seat on the Intercity Brussels.
    There are two types of rates.
    Find train tickets

    The Early Bird: the lowest rate

    • Can be booked up to 7 days before departure
    • Guaranteed availability
    • The level of the Early Bird rate depends on the departure and arrival station
    • On Monday to Thursday the rate is cheaper than on Friday to Sunday
    • Your ticket can be changed up to the day before departure for a € 5 fee.
    • Can be booked online, at an NS International counter in the Service shop, per telephone at the NS International Service Center or travel agency.
    • Can be combined with the 100% discount cards of NMBS and NS

    Early Bird Week
    Early Bird Weekend
    100% discount combined
    with week Early Bird week
    100% discount combined
    with Early Bird weekend
    Amsterdam - Antwerp € 20.00 € 26.00 € 5.50 € 7.00
    Rotterdam - Antwerp € 13.00 € 17.00 € 5.50 € 7.00
    Breda - Antwerp € 9.00 € 11.00 € 5.50 € 7.00

    Early Bird Week
    Early Bird Weekend
    100% discount combined
    with week Early Bird week
    100% discount combined
    with Early Bird weekend
    Amsterdam - Brussel € 25 € 33 € 10,50 € 14
    Rotterdam - Brussel € 18 € 24 € 10,50 € 14
    Breda - Brussel € 14 € 18 € 10,50 € 14

    The Flex rate

    Flex rate 40% discount subscription 100% discount subscription
    Amsterdam - Antwerp € 38,60 € 27.30 € 10.40
    Rotterdam - Antwerp € 25.20 € 19.30 € 10.40
    Breda - Antwerp € 15.00 € 13.20 € 10.40

    Flex rate 40% discount subscription 100% discount subscription
    Amsterdam - Brussel € 49.00 € 37.70 € 20.80
    Rotterdam - Brussel € 35,60 € 29,70 € 20.80
    Breda - Brussel € 25.40 € 23.60 € 20.80

    Your ticket is also valid for Intercity direct

    Passengers with an Intercity Brussels ticket can also travel with Intercity direct on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam route. You do not need a supplement; your international ticket for Intercity Brussels is sufficient.

    Travel to Brussels Airport - Zaventem

    A new railway track was built in Belgium in 2012. This track provides a better connection between Brussels Airport - Zaventem and Antwerp and Liège. In order for this project to be feasible, passengers travelling to Brussels Airport - Zaventem pay a surcharge.

    This surcharge is included in your ticket.

    Travelling from Roosendaal or Maastricht

    If you are travelling to Belgium from Roosendaal or Maastricht, you can also travel with a NMBS Mobility fare.
    These rates are available in Roosendaal and Maastricht via NMBS machines. For more information please visit

  • Tickets

    Intercity Brussel Tickets

    The biggest advantage of travelling with Intercity Brussels is that it is exactly the same as travelling with a regular Intercity service in the Netherlands.
    • Travel without making a reservation
    • Take any train you want
    • Always the same price for a ticket
    Please note: - Although you must specify a time when booking a ticket online, it is not required to also travel at this time. Please do keep in mind that discounts only apply after 09.00 hrs.

    Your tickets are also valid on Intercity direct

    Passengers with an Intercity Brussels ticket may also travel with Intercity direct on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam route. You will not need to pay a supplement; your international Intercity Brussels ticket is enough.

    Travelling from Roosendaal or Maastricht

    When travelling to Belgium from Roosendaal or Maastricht, than you can also travel with an NMBS Mobility ticket.

    You can buy these tickets an the NMBS machines at the station or at

    Travelling to Brussels Airport - Zaventem

    In 2012 a new railway line was created in Belgium. This new line means a better connection between Brussels Airport (Zaventem) and Antwerp and Liège. To finance this project travellers travelling to Brussels Airport are asked to pay a supplement.

    This supplement is already included in the price.

  • Classes

    Intercity Brussels classes

    Intercity Brussels has 2 travel classes: 1st class and 2nd class. In 1st class, you will benefit from additional advantages, such as greater comfort and extra legroom.

    1st class

    • More legroom
    • Wider seats
    • Access to the NS International Lounges at Amsterdam Central Station, Schiphol and Rotterdam Central Station

  • Subscriptions

    Subscriptions Intercity Brussels

    NS Border subscription - for frequent travelling

    • The Border Subscription is connected to your OV-chipkaart
    • You open the gates with your OV-chipkaart, but you do not check-in. Check-out is not necessary, because you cannot check-out in Belgium
    • Upon inspection, you must show both your Border subscription and your foreign subscription

    More information Border Subscription

    More information on the Border Subscription to the Roosendaal border on or contact our Customer Service at 0900-8301 (0.10 per minute, Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs). When calling from outside the Netherlands call 0031-30-7515134.

    Subsequent subscription

    For the Belgian part of your route, there are several NMBS subscriptions that can be used together with the NS Border Subscription. The Standard Season Ticket is valid for a fixed route and the Unlimited Season ticket (Nettrain Card) is valid for the entire Belgian network. Find more information about subscriptions in Belgium on

    NS subscription - for occasional travelling

    If you only occasionally travel to Belgium and do you van an NS Subscription? Then we recommend you buy an international ticket online for your entire train trip. That means from your departure station in the Netherlands to your final destination in Belgium.


    An NS subscription or OV Student travel product usually offers discount on the domestic part of your international trip. The discount is applied to the price when you indicate which NS subscription you have while booking your international ticket. Booking online is the quickest and easiest way to get your discount.

    More information NS Subscription

    Your NS Subscription together with your international ticket your valid proof of travel. Upon inspection, you must show them both. When making an international trip, you do not check in and out with your NS subscription, but just open the gates with the international ticket. More information about subscriptions in the Netherlands can be found on

    Discount percentages international travel

    Depending on the NS Subscription and the time of travel could get 40% or 100% discount on the Dutch part of your trip. For the Belgian part, you can buy your ticket at a discount if you have a 50% reduction card (for example, Kaart Grote Gezinnen en Kaart Verhoogde Tegemoetkoming).

    * In the period from 16 July to 16 August the OV Student travel product Week is only valid as a discount card (i.e. you only get a 40% discount after 9.00 hrs).

  • On board

    On board Intercity Brussels

    Free access to the lounges

    If you have a first class ticket, you can get a free drink and stay comfortably at an NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam.

    Electronical outlets

    There are electrical outlets in 1st class, usually in the ceiling above the seats.


    Passengers are advised to only take luggage with them that they can easily carry and can be stowed away in the available storage areas. Small pieces of luggage can be placed in the luggage racks above the seats and larger pieces of luggage can be placed in specially provided spaces found between the seats.

    Bringing bicycles on board

    It is permitted to take a bicycle with you on the regular train between Amsterdam and Brussels. Therefore you do need an international bicycle ticket that costs € 12 per one-way trip.
    Read more about bringing a bicycle on board

    Passengers with impaired mobility

    Do you need assistance getting on and off the train? No problem – you can request the required assistance at least 48 hours in advance by calling +31(0)30 235 78 22 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day).
    More information about traveling with Intercity Brussels


    There is no catering present on board Intercity Brussels.

    Bringing pets on board

    On board most trains you can bring a pet with you. In certain cases conditions apply. Read more about bringing a pet on board.


    There is no Wifi on board Intercity Brussel.

    Travelling with children

    What does it cost to travel with children? Can I bring a stroller on board? May children walk about and play? For a worry-free trip, read all the practical information about travelling with children.

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