Bruxelles Midi, Brussel Zuid, Brussels South...

  Station plan

  Which platform for your train?

  How long to allow for connections in Brussels?

  Short cut from Eurostar to your onward train

  Brussels Midi station facilities, left luggage & places to eat or drink

  Free transfer to Brussels Central for Eurostar & Thalys passengers

  How to walk into central Brussels

  Hotels near the station for an overnight stop

 

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Overview...

Station plan...

Which platform for your train?

Brussels Midi platforms 5 & 6

An ICE to Cologne about to leave from platform 5 at Brussels Midi.  The escalators lead down to the main concourse below the tracks.  Platforms 1-6 have been modernised, platforms 7-22 retain a more 1950s feel!

How long to allow for connections in Brussels? 

  The escalators down to the couloir sud...

When changing trains in Brussels from Eurostar onto an onward train to Cologne or Amsterdam, Bruges or Ghent, don't trail after the crowds shuffling slowly to the station exit.  Nip down the escalators marked 'Connections' level with car 11.  This descends to the Couloir Sud passageway between all platforms, a handy short cut to all other platforms...

Update:  This short cut was closed from Nov 2015 but reopened in May 2017.  It is now open except when they are doing random checks for boarding Thalys or ICE trains.

Top tip:  Short cut from Eurostar to other platforms...

Station facilitiesMinimarket, left luggage, places to eat & drink...

Brussels Midi in photos...

Brussels Midi station exit, north side

There's a main entrance on each side of the station at either end of the ground-level concourse under the tracks.  This is the entrance on the north (platform 1) side of the station.  The large grey arrow indicates the taxi rank.  The smaller grey arrow indicates the Pullman Hotel, a good place if you need to stay between trains.  The Brasserie de la Gare is on the other side of the road, directly behind the camera.

If you walk into the station's north entrance you find yourself on the main concourse.  The entrance to the Eurostar terminal is just inside and to your right, signed Channel Terminal.  You board Eurostar trains to London on platforms 1 & 2 after check-in, security & passport control are carried out inside this Eurostar terminal.

Brussels Midi concourse

The main concourse (couloir principal) at Brussels Midi is a somewhat gloomy ground-level passageway underneath all the tracks, spanning the width of the station between the north and south entrances.  The train tracks are above ground level, there are escalators & stairs up to each platform.  You can see one set of escalators up to a pair of platforms in this photo, as well as the main departure board.

 

The international ticket office opens off the main concourse near platform 3.  There's a numbered queuing system.

 

The staffed left luggage office with locker area behind opens off the main concourse near platform 5.

The Brasserie de la Gare...

The Brasserie de la Gare, just across the road from the main exit on the north (platform 1) side of the station.  If you don't mind football showing on a large screen, it does good food and beer and is a decent place to wait for your train.

 

If you need a hotel...

Free train transfer to Brussels Central or Brussels Luxemburg...

 

Brussels Central is 5 min walk from the Grand Place...

 

The platforms at Brussels Central are underground.

Or walk to Brussels city centre...   Click for walking route map.

Belgium's national railway museum at Schaarbeek...


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