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Train  •  2h 22m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville Tgv

€56 - €366

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Bus and ferry, train  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Brussels to Lille
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville Ter

€17 - €41

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Bus, train  •  3h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Lille Brussels - Zaventem Airport > Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Camphin en Pévèle - Belgique > Camphin en Pévèle - France > Lille / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville Tgv

€36 - €50

Train via Tournai  •  4h 37m

  1. Take the train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Tournai / Doornik Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville Ter

€26 - €55

Drive  •  1h 58m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Calais 196 km

€21 - €35

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Calais is 800 130 000.

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

The social distance requirement in Calais is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

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

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Calais is to drive which costs €21 - €35 and takes 1h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Calais is to drive which costs €21 - €35 and takes 1h 58m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Calais. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Calais Ville via Lille Europe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 22m.

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The distance between Brussels and Calais is 175 km. The road distance is 196 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Calais without a car is to train which takes 2h 22m and costs €55 - €370.

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It takes approximately 2h 22m to get from Brussels to Calais, including transfers.

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Brussels to Calais train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Brussels to Calais train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Calais Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Calais is 196 km. It takes approximately 1h 58m to drive from Brussels to Calais.

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  • Distance: 175.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 22m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Brussels to Calais via Lille Europe in around 2h 22m.

Train operators
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
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€32 - €38
1st Class
€27 - €32
Train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€33 - €38
1st Class
€28 - €33
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 Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€13 - €20
Rail 1st Class
€21 - €35
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Tournai / Doornik
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€9 - €13
1st Class
€14 - €20
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 City Center - Midi Train station to Lille
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
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 South to Lille
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Brussels to Lille
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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