From € 20

Weekend getaway Antwerp

Citytrip to Antwerp with Thalys or Intercity Brussels

  • From € 20* one-way trip with Intercity Brussels
  • Within 1.15 in the heart of Antwerp with Thalys
  • Travel in comfort and arrive well-rested
  • Directly from Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam
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Day trip Antwerp

Because Antwerp is so close to the Netherlands, the city also lends itself extremely well for a day trip. A day trip to Antwerp by train is ideal if you don't have time for a full weekend but want to get away from it all. The first trains from Amsterdam leave before 06:30 hrs.
Depending on where you live, you can catch a train back to the Netherlands between 21.00 and 21.30 hrs. That way, you can get a bite to eat before you get on the train. Do you fancy a trip across the border? Then a day in Antwerp by train is the ideal option.

What can you do in Antwerp?

Shopping

Antwerp is not called the Fashion City for nothing. Besides the famous shopping street Meir, you will also find the Fashion district. In this part of the city, almost all major Flemish designers have a shop. In addition, Antwerp is bursting with unique shops full of curiosities and antiques.
A day of shopping in Antwerp by train is ideal. The station is very central and from there you can walk to the Meir and other shopping areas in just 10 minutes. On the way back, you can store all your bought items safely in the luggage rack above your head. Bring some nice food and drinks for the way back and a day of shopping in Antwerp by train will be a wonderfully relaxing experience.

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The Antwerp Zoo

As soon as you walk out of the station you'll be at the gates of Antwerp Zoo. When you walk inside, it will feel like you are entering a new world. In this beautiful garden you can observe all the extraordinary animals up close as well as play, learn and take a stroll. If you are going to Antwerp with your family, then Antwerp Zoo should definitely not be skipped.
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Boat trip in Antwerp

Antwerp Harbour is located next to the Schelde. You can't really go to Antwerp without taking a boat trip on the river, it will give you a completely different perspective of this young, dynamic city. You can also visit places in the vicinity per boat and so discover the real Antwerp.

‘Diamonds are a girl's best friend’

Antwerp is the diamond city of Europe and perhaps even the world. Since the 15th century, Antwerp plays an important role in the diamond industry. If you want to get to know this side of the city you can visit the diamond museum or take a walk through the diamond district.

A Night Out

Antwerp has a great nightlife, whether you want to sit in a pub or a trendy cocktail bar, or whether you want to dance in a club till the sun comes up or just enjoy a relaxed dinner. Make sure that you do visit one of the many beer cafes and taste a real Belgian beer during your citytrip.

Rubens

Rubens was and is the most famous artist of Antwerp. Unlike many artists, he was already very popular when alive. The rich and famous of Belgium let themselves be painted by him. If you like Baroque art then Antwerp is the place to be as many of the masters can be found here. During a weekend getaway in Antwerp you can, for example, visit the Rubens House to admire Rubens art up close.

Rubens House

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Train and hotel Antwerp

If you are going on a city trip to Antwerp, you can choose to take the train and book your hotel in Antwerp in one go. You can book the train to Antwerp including a hotel with NS International’s reliable tour operator partners. The hotels are located in the heart of the city and for a train trip and night in Antwerp, these are ideal accommodations. From the station, you can walk to these hotels in just a few minutes. This way, your city trip to Antwerp can start immediately. Of course, it is also possible to book a hotel separately.
At booking.com, you will find a wide range of accommodations for a night in Antwerp .

Tips to book cheap train tickets to Antwerp

For Intercity Brussels you can buy tickets 180 days before departure. Up until 7 days before departure, you are able to buy our cheaper Early Bird tickets. And if you travel on a weekday, this rate is even cheaper! You can also travel with Thalys to Antwerp. The earlier you book, the lower the price. With this ticket, you will have a reserved seat. And for all tickets: book from your nearest station. This is the cheapest way to travel.

Weekend getaway Antwerp

From € 20

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