There are 5 ways to get from Brussels to Leiden by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train Thalys  •  1 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Rotterdam Centraal Thalys / ...
  2. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal Intercity

$28 - $77

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Bus  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to The Hague 813

$12 - $23

3 alternative options

Train via Essen  •  3 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Bru.-Centraal / Brux.-Central to Essen Ic
  2. Take the train from Roosendaal to Leiden Centraal Intercity

$28 - $46

Drive  •  1 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Leiden 114.9 miles

$28 - $45

Fly  •  2 h 33 min

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

$73 - $256

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Leiden is to bus which costs 10€ - 20€ and takes 4 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Leiden is to train which costs 23€ - 70€ and takes 1 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brussels station to Leiden. However, there are services departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station and arriving at Leiden, Breestraat via Den Haag, Den Haag C.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Leiden. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid/Midi and arriving at Leiden Centraal via Rotterdam Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 52 min.

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The distance between Brussels and Leiden is 146 km. The road distance is 183.9 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Leiden without a car is to train which takes 1 h 52 min and costs 23€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 1 h 52 min to get from Brussels to Leiden, including transfers.

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Brussels to Leiden bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels, Brussels-North station.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Leiden.
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  • Distance: 91.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 52 min

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Leiden, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Brussels to Leiden via Rotterdam Centraal in around 1 h 52 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels to Leiden every 3 hours. Tickets cost $9 - $16 and the journey takes 3 h 25 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$40 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $90
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Brussel-Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Leiden Centraal
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Roosendaal to Leiden Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$35 - $75
Premier
$80 - $90
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bru.-Centraal / Brux.-Central to Essen
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$14 - $21
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to The Hague
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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