Passengers arriving on flights into Belgium have a number of transport options to get to Amsterdam and Netherlands.
We take a look at travel from the 3 primary airports in Belgium: Brussels Zaventem (BRU), Charleroi (CRL) and Antwerp airport (ANR)...
Brussels Airport (BRU) to Amsterdam
Brussels Airport at Zaventem is the main airport hub in Belgium served by many major international airlines. The local carrier is Brussels Airlines (Star Alliance member, part of Lufthansa) which has good connections to Europe and Africa. Flights from UK/Ireland are possible by the likes of British Airways, Easyjet and Aer Lingus; flights from the USA are operated by Delta, United and Jet Airways.
There is a 5x daily KLM Cityhopper service to Amsterdam - although note that one-way flights are very expensive with KLM.
Zaventem is around 11km north-east of central Brussels and the airport has its own underground train station (at level -1).
Fixed fares are in effect for the Intercity Brussels with no reservation necessary. Brussels Airport to Amsterdam one-way costs €48 (2nd class) or €75.20 (1st class). There are cheaper fares available if purchasing day or weekend returns; travellers aged under 26 get a 35% discount. International fares include the €5.20 Brussels airport "Diabolo" supplement.
It is possible to book your ticket online at B-Europe (Belgian Rail's international site) which accepts all international credit cards. You can also buy your ticket at the international desk at the airport train station though note there is a €3.50/€7 service fee for standard international tickets/high speed train tickets, respectively.
For a visual overview of all international train services to Amsterdam, check out our international rail connections map
"Brussels South" Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Amsterdam
Charleroi airport is Belgium's budget airline hub located some 7km north of Charleroi city in Wallonia and around 45km south of Brussels. Airlines serving the airport include Ryanair (which has many flights from all over Europe), Wizzair (to Eastern Europe) and Jetairfly.
There are a few transport options which can first get you to central Brussels:
Take the local TEC bus A from the airport terminal to Charleroi Sud station (€5) - this takes about 20 minutes. It is possible to buy a Charleroi Sud-Amsterdam rail ticket (for standard Intercity services) which costs €52.80 (2nd class) and €85.60 (1st class). The trip (with a change at Antwerp) takes about 4 hours. Alternatively you can book Charleroi Sud-Amsterdam to include a Thalys high speed train from Brussels - this will be more expensive but will take an hour off the trip. Once again see B-Europe to book.
Antwerp Airport (ANR) to Amsterdam
Antwerp is a small airport about 4km south-east of Antwerp city centre. Airlines serving Antwerp include CityJet (from London City) and bmi Regional (from Manchester).
From Antwerp airport you can use public transport to get to either Antwerp Berchem or Antwerp Central station. Public transport company De Lijn has buses 51/52/53 running from the airport to Antwerp Berchem - from there you can take trams 9/11 or bus 32 to Antwerp Central. A 1 hour single ticket costs €2. Alternatively a taxi into town costs around €10-€15.
Thalys trains to Amsterdam operate from Antwerp Central station with a journey time of around 72 minutes. An Antwerp-Amsterdam Thalys "No-Flex" ticket costs from €29 (Comfort 2) and €49 (Comfort 1) whilst a flex Comfort 1 single costs €96.
Coach alternative: Eurolines and Megabus run coach services from Antwerp to Amsterdam from €10 one-way (cheapest fare booked in advance). The Eurolines coaches depart from Van Stralenstraat near Antwerp central station whilst the Megabus stop is at Plantinkaai near Antwerp's cruise ship terminal.
For more details see our Amsterdam-Antwerp travel guide
Amsterdam Central is the transport hub of Amsterdam - see our Getting Around Amsterdam for tips on using public transport in the city.
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