Intercity Brussels

  • 16 times a day to various destinations in Belgium
  • Amsterdam – Antwerp in 1.48 hours
  • Buy your ticket at least 7 days before departure for the lowest price
  • Book full-flex and you may travel on any Intercity Brussels train on the chosen day of departure
  • You can book your ticket for your bike online
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Schedule Intercity Brussels

Intercity Brussels operates on the highspeed connection via Breda to Antwerp and Brussels. The connection via Breda ensures that Belgium can also be easily reached by train from the south of the Netherlands.

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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 Intercity Brussels

Train ticket prices for Intercity Brussels depend on the departure and arrival station and the time of booking and travel. The standard ticket (mid-flex fare) applies to a specific train. Do you want more flexibility? Then book the full-flex fare, this ticket is valid all day. You cannot reserve a seat. There are two types of fares.

Early Bird: the lowest rate

    More about Early Bird

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    Early Bird 100% discount* combinated with Early Bird
    Amsterdam - Antwerp € 21 € 6
    Rotterdam - Antwerp € 15 € 6
    Breda - Antwerp € 10 € 6

    Early Bird 100% korting* combined with Early Bird
    Amsterdam - Brussels € 25 € 10,50
    Rotterdam - Brussels € 19 € 10,50
    Breda - Brussels € 14 € 10,50

    Full-Flex rate

    Flex rate 40% discount subscription 100% discount subscription*
    Amsterdam - Antwerp € 41,40 € 29,50 € 11,60
    Rotterdam - Antwerp € 27,20 € 21 € 11,60
    Breda - Antwerp € 16,60 € 14,60 € 11,60

    * 40% & 100% discount only applies for the Dutch part of your trip.

    Flex rate 40% discount subscription* 100% discount subscription*
    Amsterdam - Brussels € 52,90 € 41 € 23,10
    Rotterdam - Brussels € 38,70 € 29,70 € 23,10
    Breda - Brussels € 26,10 € 23,60 € 23,10

    * 40% & 100% discount only applies for the Dutch part of your trip.

    Children to 11 years travel for free

    Children from 4 to 11 years old travel for free with an adult (max. 4 children per adult) if you book a ticket online.

    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 via Maastricht or Roosendaal

    When you are travelling to Belgium with the regional trains via Maastricht or Roosendaal other fares apply. More information about regional trains

    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
    • Socket near your chair
    • Access to the NS International Lounges at Amsterdam Central Station, Schiphol and Rotterdam Central Station
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    Subscriptions: NS Flex Traject Vrij

    Do you often travel to Belgium? With NS Flex Traject Vrij in combination with a foreign subscription is something for you. With NS Flex Traject Vrij it is possible to buy off the Dutch part of your route. With this subscription you can travel unlimited on a fixed route in the Netherlands up to the border with Belgium.

    NS Flex Traject Vrij is available to or from the following border points:

    • Hazeldonk
    • Roosendaal

    Read all about NS Flex Traject Vrij here

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    On board Intercity Brussels

    Electronical outlets

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


    You are advised to only take luggage that you can easily carry on board and that can be placed in the storage spaces provided. Small-sized luggage can be placed in the luggage racks above the seats and there are special spaces between the seats for the larger luggage items.

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    Bringing bicycles on board

    To take your bicycle, you need an international bicycle ticket. Here you find the conditions for taking your bicycle on the Intercity Brussels:

    • The following types of bicycles are allowed: (recumbent) bike, bicycle trailer and an electrical bike (the battery needs to stay on the bike). The tandem, tricycle and cargo bike can come along if you have a begeleiderskaart (card for people with impaired mobility).
    • For Intercity Brussels a reservation is required to bring a bicycle from 9 June to 15 September. This compulsory bike reservation is free when you purchase your bike ticket. Please book your bike online or visit the NS International desk at the Tickets & Service Shop at the larger stations.
    • A folding bike can be taken free of charge when it is folded together
    • A segway can only be taken if it serves as an aid tool for persons with reduced mobility. In that case, the traveler needs to have a disabled pass or a disabled sticker on the segway.
    • It is your own responsibility to load and unload the bicycle.
    • It is not permitted to leave luggage strapped onto the bicycle during the trip.
    • There is a maximum of 1 bicycle per person.
    • For groups, it is not allowed to take bicycles.
    • Bicycles need to be placed in the dedicated area on board of the train.

    Please note: you can book your bike ticket to and from Belgium online. For certain stations and routes in Belgium, it is not possible to take a bicycle: to/from Brussels Central, Brussels Congres and Brussel Kapellekerk.

    Passengers with impaired mobility

    • The wheelchair places on Intercity Brussels services are almost always located in the centre of the train.
    • People (also guide dogs) escorting passengers with an OV Guide Pass can travel with Intercity Brussels services within the Netherlands for free. In Belgium and Luxembourg, they are also allowed to travel for free without a ticket.
    • To be able to get onto the train – and also the elevators and movable ramps – the wheelchair may be no larger than 150 x 85 cm (outer measurements)
    • You and your wheelchair may not have a combined weight of 250 kilo.
    • If needed, you can request assistance to get on and off the train by calling 030-235 78 22 (day and night).


    There is no catering present on board Intercity Brussels.

    Bringing pets on board

    Small pets transported in a cage, bag or basket (maximum dimension 30x30x55 cm) may travel for free in the Netherlands. Obviously, this does also apply to guide dogs as these may travel for free and are not obligated to wear a muzzle. A guide rate ticket is needed for a guide dog.

    Day card dog

    Is your dog too big then it should always be kept on a leash, wear a muzzle and have a valid ticket. You can also purchase a ticket for a dog at one of the self-service ticket machines. A ticket between the Netherlands and Belgium costs € 6, one way. In Belgium is a ticket € 3.


    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? Read all the practical information about travelling with children

    Free access to the lounges

    If you have a 1st class ticket, you can get a free drink and stay comfortably at an NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam.