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There are 4 ways to get from Brussels to Calais by train, bus or car

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Train

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Brussels-North train station to Lille
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Calais - City ??Hall

Train via Tournai

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Central to Tournai
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville

Drive

  1. Drive from Brussels to Calais

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Calais is to bus which costs €16 - €22 and takes 4h.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Calais is to drive which costs €25 - €40 and takes 1h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brussels station to Calais. However, there are services departing from Brussels-North train station and arriving at Calais - City ??Hall via Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h.

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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 Flandres. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 58m.

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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 58m and costs €40 - €370.

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It takes approximately 2h 58m to get from Brussels to Calais, including transfers.

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Brussels to Calais bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Brussels-North train station.

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

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The best way to get from Brussels to Calais is to train which takes 2h 58m and costs €40 - €370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €16 - €22 and takes 4h.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Calais.
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  • Distance: 175.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 58m

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

You can take a train from Brussels to Calais via Lille Europe and Lille Flandres in around 2h 58m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Brussels to Calais via Lille in around 4h.

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
sncf-connect.com
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 Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €35
Website
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 Bruxelles-Central to Tournai
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
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
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels-North train station to Lille
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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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
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Lille to Calais - City ??Hall
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Blablabus

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Brussels to Calais bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Calais - City ??Hall station.

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Brussels to Calais train services, operated by SNCF, 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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