Intercity Brussels

Intercity Brussels

  • 16 times a day to various destinations in Belgium
  • Amsterdam – Antwerp in 1h53m
  • 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
    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. At the same time, the tariffs of Intercity Brussels will also be simplified. View the complete schedule between Amsterdam and Brussels (Dutch).

    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

    There are two types of rates. The moment of booking and of travel 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.
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    The Early Bird: the lowest rate

    Early Bird Week
    (Mon-Thurs)
    Early Bird Weekend
    (Fri-Sun)
    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

    The Flex rate

    Flex rate 40% discount subscription 100% discount subscription
    Amsterdam - Antwerp € 36.40 € 25.80 € 9.80
    Rotterdam - Antwerp € 23.40 € 18.00 € 9.80
    Breda - Antwerp € 14.20 € 12.40 € 9.80

    Children travel for free

    Children from 4 to 11 years travel for free with an adult (max 4 children per adult) when 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 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 www.nmbs.be.

  • 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 www.nmbs.be.

    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 www.ns.nl 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 Nettrain Card is valid for the entire Belgian network. Find more information about subscription in Belgium on www.nmbs.be.

    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.

    Discount

    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 www.ns.nl.

    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.

    Luggage

    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 €12.00 per one-way trip. They can be purchased at the counter of a Ticket & Service office located at stations. Read more about bringing a bicycle on board.

    Travellers with impaired mobility

    • The wheelchair places on Intercity Brussels services are almost always located in the centre of the train.
    • People escorting passengers with an OV Guide Pass can travel with Intercity Brussels services within the Netherlands for free.
    • 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 (07:00 to 23:00 hours).

    No elevator or escalator at The Hague HS

    As a result of running on the high-speed track, Intercity Brussels will arrive and depart at platform 1 in The Hague HS. This platform does not have a lift or escalator. Passengers who are dependent on these facilities are advised to travel to Rotterdam CS and catch an Intercity Brussels train there. For appropriate travel advice and/or assistance with getting on and off, passengers can contact NS Customer Service: 030-235 78 22 (07.00 - 23.00).

    Catering

    Rail catering is present on board Intercity Brussels. You can purchase a limited range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. For meals, we refer you to the wide selection on offer at the stations.

    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.

    Wifi

    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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