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There are 8 ways to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren by train, bus, night bus, bus and ferry, car, car ferry, car train, plane or shuttle

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Recommended option

Train  •  9h 9m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal Ic / ...

€167 - €873

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus and ferry  •  17h 45m

  1. Take the night bus from Edinburgh Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station Ukn10
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Antwerp

€45 - €59

6 alternative options

Bus  •  16h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, Green Line Coach Station to Antwerp

€53 - €81

Drive, car ferry  •  11h 53m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Ekeren

€194 - €1444

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  10h 33m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Ekeren

€253 - €300

Fly to Brussels, train  •  5h 30m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Brussels (BRU) EDI - BRU
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Ekeren

€71 - €205

Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) EDI - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Anvers-Central

€100 - €342

Fly to Charleroi, shuttle  •  7h 9m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Charleroi (CRL) EDI - CRL
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Charleroi Airport to Antwerpen Centraal Station

€65 - €287

Edinburgh to Ekeren by train, walk and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Ekeren is around 12h 37m and covers a distance of around 1056 km. The fastest journey normally takes 8h 3m. Operated by LNER, Eurostar, Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB) and others, the Edinburgh to Ekeren service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Ekeren Blarenstraat. Typically 13 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
12h 37m
Fastest journey time:
8h 3m
Journey distance:
1056 km
Services per week:
13
Cheapest price:
€167
Carbon emissions:
56 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:40
Last service departs at:
19:36

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Ekeren train, walk and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
United Kingdom → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from United Kingdom

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Rules to follow in Belgium

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Belgium from United Kingdom 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
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ekeren is 800 14689.

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

The social distance requirement in Ekeren is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Belgium.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 18 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren is to night bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £55 and takes 17h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren is to fly and train. Taking this option will cost £60 - £180 and takes 5h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Ekeren. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Ekeren Markt via Victoria, Green Line Coach Station, Antwerpen G. Le Grellelaan and Antwerpen Roosevelt perron C2. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 46m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Ekeren is 722 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren without a car is to train which takes 9h 9m and costs £140 - £750.

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It takes approximately 9h 9m to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Ekeren bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren is to train which takes 9h 9m and costs £140 - £750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £45 - £70 and takes 16h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Edinburgh to Ekeren bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Antwerp station.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Ekeren.
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  • Distance: 721.7 km
  • Duration: 9h 9m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Ekeren, Belgium?

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Ekeren via London Kings Cross, London St Pancras Eurostar, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal, and Antwerpen Roosevelt perron C2 in around 9h 9m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Ekeren via London Victoria Coach Station, Victoria, Green Line Coach Station, Antwerp, Antwerpen G. Le Grellelaan, Antwerpen Roosevelt perron Osy, and Antwerpen Roosevelt perron C2 in around 16h 46m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €450
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €330
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €320
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€170 - €750
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €360
Flights from Edinburgh to Charleroi
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €170
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€35 - €250
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €450
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
€60 - €85
Anytime Day Single
€200 - €280
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€310 - €450
Eurostar
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€6 - €10
1st Class
€9 - €14
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Ekeren
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€3 - €5
1st Class
€5 - €8
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Train from Schiphol Airport to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €110
Website
Thalys
Standard
€50 - €75
Comfort
€65 - €85
Premium
€75 - €110
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
National Express
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Victoria, Green Line Coach Station to Antwerp
Ave. Duration
5h 51m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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
Night bus from Edinburgh Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Antwerp
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
My Super Shuttle
Email
info@mysupershuttle.be
Website
mysupershuttle.be
Shuttle from Charleroi Airport to Antwerpen Centraal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€25
Schedules at
mysupershuttle.be
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€95 - €1300
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
€95 - €1300
Standard Car - Flexi
€150 - €190

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Ekeren is 1h ahead of Edinburgh. It is currently 5:13 AM in Edinburgh and 6:13 AM in Ekeren.

Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Ryanair and KLM offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 164+ hotels available in Ekeren. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £6.

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