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There are 5 ways to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf by train, bus and ferry, bus or car

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Train via Cologne  •  2h 7m

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf Ice

47€ - 129€

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Bus and ferry  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Brussels to Düsseldorf

8€ - 12€

3 alternative options

Train  •  2h 25m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Duesseldorf Hbf Thalys

70€ - 140€

Bus  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels-North train station to Düsseldorf central bus station N1153

15€ - 19€

Drive  •  2h 1m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Düsseldorf 204.5 km

22€ - 35€

Brussels to Düsseldorf by train

The train journey time between Brussels and Düsseldorf is around 2h 25m and covers a distance of around 256 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 18m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, National Express and others, the Brussels to Düsseldorf train service departs from Bruxelles-Nord and arrives in Duesseldorf Hbf. Typically 21 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 to Düsseldorf train schedules

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International entry into Germany from Belgium

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Belgium

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Belgium
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Finland: Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Satakunta
France: Saint Barthélemy, French Guiana, Saint Martin, Mayotte, Réunion, Moselle, Guadeloupe
Norway: Agder, Oslo, Viken, Rogaland, Vestfold og Telemark
Spain: Extremadura, Islas Baleares
Portugal: Madeira, Azores

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
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No, entry into Germany from Belgium is currently restricted.

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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
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Düsseldorf is 116 117.

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

The social distance requirement in Düsseldorf is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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

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Last updated: 11 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Robert Koch Institute.

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf is to bus and ferry which costs 8€ - 12€ and takes 4h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf is to drive which costs 22€ - 35€ and takes 2h 1m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels and arriving at Düsseldorf. Services depart twice a week, and operate Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4h 7m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Duesseldorf Hbf. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 25m.

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The distance between Brussels and Düsseldorf is 175 km. The road distance is 204.5 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf without a car is to train via Cologne which takes 2h 7m and costs 45€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 2h 7m to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf, including transfers.

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

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Brussels to Düsseldorf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Bruxelles-Nord station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Düsseldorf is to train via Cologne which takes 2h 7m and costs 45€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 19€ and takes 4h 30m.

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  • Distance: 174.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 7m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Düsseldorf, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost 40€ - 60€ and the journey takes 1h 43m. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a vehicle from Brussels to Düsseldorf twice a week. Tickets cost 8€ - 12€ and the journey takes 4h 7m.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
70€ - 140€
Website
Thalys
Standard
70€ - 100€
Comfort
80€ - 110€
Premium
100€ - 140€
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Brussels to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Schedules at
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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-North train station to Düsseldorf central bus station
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Brussels to Düsseldorf bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Düsseldorf central bus station.

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Brussels to Düsseldorf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Düsseldorf is 205 km. It takes approximately 2h 1m to drive from Brussels to Düsseldorf.

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