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There are 6 ways to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk by train, bus, tram, car or towncar

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Train via Lille  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ic
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Dunkerque Ter

47€ - 367€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels - Zaventem Airport to Lille Brussels - Zaventem Airport > Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Camphin en Pévèle - Belgique > Camphin en Pévèle - France > Lille / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Dunkerque 1751

16€ - 20€

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Train  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic
  2. Take the train from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters to La Panne / De Panne Ic / ...

25€ - 31€

Train, line 0 tram  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Ostende / Oostende Ic
  2. Take the line 0 tram from Oostende Station tramperron 1 to De Panne Station 0

30€ - 34€

Drive  •  1h 35m

  1. Drive from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk 165.9 km

18€ - 27€

Towncar  •  1h 35m

  1. Take a town car from Brussels Airport to Dunkirk 165.9 km

30€ - 60€

Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk by train

The train journey time between Brussels Airport (BRU) and Dunkirk is around 2h 38m and covers a distance of around 201 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 50m. Operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), TGV inOui, Eurostar and others, the Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk train service departs from Brussels Airport-Zaventem and arrives in Dunkerque. Typically 32 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk train schedules

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The cost-effective way to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk is to bus, which costs 15€ - 20€ and takes 4h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk is to drive which costs 18€ - 27€ and takes 1h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk. However, there are services departing from Brussels - Zaventem Airport and arriving at Dunkerque via Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk. However, there are services departing from Brussels Airport-Zaventem and arriving at Dunkerque via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and Lille Europe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 30m.

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The distance between Brussels Airport (BRU) and Dunkirk is 148 km. The road distance is 165.9 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk without a car is to train via Lille which takes 3h 30m and costs 45€ - 370€.

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It takes approximately 3h 30m to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk, including transfers.

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Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Brussels - Zaventem Airport station.

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Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Brussels Airport-Zaventem station.

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The best way to get from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk is to train via Lille which takes 3h 30m and costs 45€ - 370€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 20€ and takes 4h 10m.

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  • Distance: 148.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between Brussels Airport (BRU), Belgium and Dunkirk, France?

You can take a train from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and Lille Europe in around 3h 30m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk via Lille in around 4h 10m.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 10€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 10€
1st Class
10€ - 11€
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 18€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
16€ - 18€
1st Class
21€ - 24€
Train from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters to La Panne / De Panne
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 14€
1st Class
14€ - 21€
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Ostende / Oostende
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
28€ - 31€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
28€ - 31€
1st Class
41€ - 46€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 32€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Europe to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 27€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
11€ - 16€
Rail 1st Class
18€ - 27€
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Tram from Oostende Station tramperron 1 to De Panne Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
2€
single ticket
3€
Bus operators
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 Brussels - Zaventem Airport to Lille
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
Blablabus
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 Brussels Zaventem Airport to Lille
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
9€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lille to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Brussels Airport to Dunkirk
Estimated price
30€ - 60€

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Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk is 166 km. It takes approximately 1h 35m to drive from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Dunkirk.

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