BRUSSELS TO BAKU BY TRAIN

Travel from Brussels (Belgium) to Baku (Azerbaijan) by train (3659 km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

To travel by train from Brussels in Belgium to Baku in Azerbaijan, the main route leads either via Germany, Poland and Russia. Or via Germany, Hungary, Romania and Turkey. Please read the following information and blog posts.

There are two main routes. Compare them and decide which one feeds your needs best.

1 Brussels (Belgium) - Berlin (Germany) - Moscow (Russia) - Baku (Azerbaijan) 2 Brussels (Belgium) - Cologne (Germany) - Budapest (Hungary) - Bucharest (Romania) - Istanbul (Turkey) - Kars (Turkey) - Batumi (Georgia) - Baku (Azerbaijan)

3659 km

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1 Brussels (Belgium) - Berlin (Germany) - Moscow (Russia) - Baku (Azerbaijan)
The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.
1A Travelling from Brussels (Belgium) to Berlin (Germany)
To travel from Belgium to Germany by train, use one of the high-speed trains ICE or Thalys. They connect the cities of Brussels and Liege with Cologne and Frankfurt. From and to these cities you have good connection services by the national railway providers of each country. Please use one of the following booking links to find schedules and ticket prices. If you avoid peak travel times, you will find very attractive discount fares. Usually you can book your journey from your departure station in Belgium to your destination station in Germany in one step via these booking links. If not, add a second ticket beside the one of the main connection with the high-speed trains. There are as well cheap regional trains available from Welkenraedt to Aachen with connections from Brussels and to Cologne.
Buy your ticket from Brussels to Berlin here.
The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
IntercityExpress (ICE) / THALYS (THY) / Local (L)

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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1B Travelling from Berlin (Germany) to Moscow (Russia)
Tow direct long-distance night train connect Germany with Russia.
One train is coming from Paris with stops in Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Frankfurt and Berlin. The second starts from Berlin. Both trains run via Warsaw, Brest and Minsk to Moscow - and return. They do not run daily.

Please read our detailed blog post to get an impression about this famous adventure. Information to schedules and ticket fares. A travel report with a lot of photos of the sleeper wagons.

To buy your ticket, make use of one of the given booking links. Also if you continue from Moscow to another destination.
For a connection inside Germany to a departure place of the night train, buy your ticket via the booking link of German railways Deutsche Bahn.
Buy your ticket from Berlin to Moscow here.
The following links could be interesting for you.
NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 453/24J Paris - Moscow / EN 441/14M Berlin - Moscow / EN 23J/452 Moscow - Paris / EN 13M/440 Moscow - Berlin

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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1C Travelling from Moscow (Russia) to Baku (Azerbaijan)
If you want to travel by train from Russia to Azerbaijan there are two direct trains per week between Moscow (Russia) and Baku (Azerbaijan). The journey time for this route is about 53 hours.

Train tickets for the journey from Russia to Azerbaijan are available via Russian Railways RZD and at train stations.
Buy your ticket from Moscow to Baku here.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.


The following links could be interesting for you.
SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2 Brussels (Belgium) - Cologne (Germany) - Budapest (Hungary) - Bucharest (Romania) - Istanbul (Turkey) - Kars (Turkey) - Batumi (Georgia) - Baku (Azerbaijan)
The route consist of more than one step. You have to buy more than one train ticket.
2A Travelling from Brussels (Belgium) to Cologne (Germany)
To travel from Belgium to Germany by train, use one of the high-speed trains ICE or Thalys. They connect the cities of Brussels and Liege with Cologne and Frankfurt. From and to these cities you have good connection services by the national railway providers of each country. Please use one of the following booking links to find schedules and ticket prices. If you avoid peak travel times, you will find very attractive discount fares. Usually you can book your journey from your departure station in Belgium to your destination station in Germany in one step via these booking links. If not, add a second ticket beside the one of the main connection with the high-speed trains. There are as well cheap regional trains available from Welkenraedt to Aachen with connections from Brussels and to Cologne.
Buy your ticket from Brussels to Cologne here.
The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
IntercityExpress (ICE) / THALYS (THY) / Local (L)

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2B Travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Budapest (Hungary)
Tickets from Germany to Budapest and selected other stations in Hungary are available from DB (German Railways) via our partner link.

Advance fare tickets (Sparpreis Europa) offer very attractive fares and are valid for routes via either Czech Republic and Slovakia or via Austria.

If you need to go to cities in Hungary where no ticket is available to online, buy your ticket until the last possible station and get the ticket for the remaining part in Hungary locally.
Buy your ticket from Cologne to Budapest here.
The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
EuroCity (EC) / IntercityExpress (ICE) / Railjet (RJ)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 477 Berlin - Budapest / EN 463 Munich - Budapest / NJ 40421 Düsseldorf - Vienna / NJ 491 Hamburg - Vienna

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2C Travelling from Budapest (Hungary) to Bucharest (Romania)
To travel from Hungary to Romania by train, buy your train tickets online from Hungarian Railway MAV START. They offer a variety of discounts for one way and return journeys as well as the cheap advance fare "Fortuna" tickets. Online tickets from MAV START have to be printed from ticket machines at stations in Hungary! Of course you can buy all tickets at international ticket desks at stations in Hungary as well.

International services run mainly from Budapest via the Lököshaza/Curtici border crossing to Arad and from there either to Timisoara and onwards to Craiova and Bucharest or via Simeria - Sibiu/Sighisoara - Brasov to Bucharest. Additional international express trains run via the Biharkresztes/Episcopia Bihor border crossing to Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Brasov.
Buy your ticket from Budapest to Bucharest here.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.


The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
InterCity (IC) / Györsvonat (G)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
EN 473 Budapest - Bucharest / IC 79/1696 Budapest - Bucharest / IC 407 Budapest - Brașov / EN 347 Vienna - Bucharest

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
rail.cc / Deutsche Bahn / MAV Hungary

2D Travelling from Romania to Turkey
To travel from Romania to Turkey by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Romania. There are no online tickets available.

The only direct rail connection between the two countries is the line via Bulgaria and the Svilengrad/Kapikule border crossing to Istanbul. Currently the night train from Bucharest and Sofia to Istanbul is the only service across the border.

In addition to this night train there are many bus connections available. These buses are quicker if you are travelling for example from Burgas (Bulgaria) to Istanbul.
The following links could be interesting for you.
NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Bucharest - Istanbul / D 493 Sofia - Istanbul

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2E Travelling from Istanbul to Kars (Turkey)
To travel in Turkey by train, buy your ticket online via the given booking links or locally at a train station. Via the links you also find schedules and ticket prices.
Buy your ticket from Istanbul to Kars here.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.


The following links could be interesting for you.
TRAIN TYPES: Train types you are likely to travel with.
Standard (TCDD) / Optima Express (OPEX)

NIGHT TRAINS: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip.
Bosfor Istanbul - Bucharest / D 81032 Istanbul - Sofia

BUS: Bus connections that might be helpful.
Istanbul - Thessaloniki / Istanbul - Athens

SEARCH FOR TRAIN TIMES HERE: Online timetable information, on which you can find relevant, up-to-date connections.
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2F Travelling from Kars (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia)
If you want to travel from Turkey to Georgia only by train, you have to make a detour via Russia. Therefore a bus connection from Turkey to Georgia is a much faster option.

One bus line is from Trabzon (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia). At least four connections daily for about EUR 15. From Istanbul (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia) at least two connections daily for about EUR 25.
Trabzon (Turkey) is not connected to the railway network of Turkey. Therefore the easiest way is to take a bus directly from Istanbul or Ankara (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia). Buy your bus ticket for Metro Turizm online.

An other option is to travel by train from Istanbul and Ankara to Kars (Turkey). And from Kars (Turkey) to Batumi (Georgia) by bus.

In Batumi (Georgia) change to a train to continue to Tbilisi (Georgia).

Border crossing is currently: you leave the bus with the luggage before the border, cross the border by foot (easy) and after the border the bus picks you up again.

In future there will be a train connection from Turkey to Georgia. But it is still under construction.
Buy your ticket from Kars to Batumi here.

Buy your ticket at the bus station or at the website of the bus company.


The following links could be interesting for you.
BUS: Bus connections that might be helpful.
Trabzon - Batumi / Batumi - Trabzon

2G Travelling from Batumi (Georgia) to Baku (Azerbaijan)
If you want to travel from Georgia to Azerbaijan by train, buy your train ticket locally at a train station in Georgia.

There is one daily overnight train from Tbilisi (Georgia) to Baku (Azerbaijan).
Buy your ticket from Batumi to Baku here.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.


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