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There are 5 ways to get from Amsterdam to Laeken by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Thalys

€69 - €136

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Bus  •  3h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels-North train station B810 / ...

€13 - €19

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Bus via Brussels City Center - Midi Train station  •  3h 44m

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€14 - €16

Drive  •  2h 14m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Laeken 200.2 km

€25 - €40

Fly  •  2h 42m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Brussels (BRU) AMS - BRU

€57 - €218

Amsterdam to Laeken by train and subway

The journey time between Amsterdam and Laeken is around 2h 19m and covers a distance of around 215 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 15m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), Thalys and STIB, the Amsterdam to Laeken service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Bockstael. Typically 44 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2h 19m
Fastest journey time:
2h 15m
Services per week:
44
Cheapest price:
€69
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:08
Last service departs at:
19:08

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Laeken train and subway schedules

Netherlands → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from Netherlands

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Netherlands.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Laeken is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Laeken is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Laeken is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Netherlands from Belgium.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Laeken is to bus via Brussels City Center - Midi Train station which costs €13 - €16 and takes 3h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Laeken is to drive which costs €25 - €40 and takes 2h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Laeken. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Brussel Karel Bogaerd via Brussel Noord opstaphalte. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 12m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Laeken. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Bockstael via Schiphol Airport and Gare Du Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 5m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Laeken is 170 km. The road distance is 200.2 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Laeken without a car is to train which takes 3h 5m and costs €65 - €140.

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It takes approximately 3h 5m to get from Amsterdam to Laeken, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Laeken bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

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Amsterdam to Laeken train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Schiphol Airport station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Laeken is to train which takes 3h 5m and costs €65 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €12 - €20 and takes 3h 12m, you could also fly, which costs €55 - €220 and takes 2h 42m.

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  • Distance: 169.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 5m

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Laeken, Belgium?

Thalys operates a train from Schiphol Airport to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi every 4 hours. Tickets cost €60 - €120 and the journey takes 1h 34m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels-North train station every 4 hours. Tickets cost €12 - €15 and the journey takes 2h 45m. CityBusExpress also services this route once daily.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €330
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Thalys
Standard
€60 - €85
Comfort
€70 - €95
Premium
€85 - €120
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels-North train station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€12 - €15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
CityBusExpress
Phone
+31 30 333 33 00
Email
info@citybusexpress.com
Website
citybusexpress.com
Bus from Amsterdam Piarcoplein P+R Sloterdijk to Brussels Noord Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
CityBusExpress
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Amsterdam City Center - Sloterdijk to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Amsterdam to Laeken bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels-North train station.

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Amsterdam to Laeken train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Laeken is 200 km. It takes approximately 2h 14m to drive from Amsterdam to Laeken.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 436+ hotels available in Laeken. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs €6 - €13.

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