Brussels Midi, Zuid, South:  See station plan & location map...

Brussels Midi is the main hub station used by all mainline trains serving Brussels including Eurostar to London, Thalys to Paris, Amsterdam & Cologne, German Railways ICEs to Cologne & Frankfurt, Intercity trains to Luxembourg and Belgian domestic trains to Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp & so on.

The station is Bruxelles Midi in French, Brussel Zuid in Flemish, Brussels South Station in English - it's all the same place.

Brussels Midi originally opened as a terminus in 1869.  Brussels Nord was also a terminus.  In 1952, the 3.8km Jonction Nord-Midi line opened through the centre of Brussels linking Nord, Central & Midi.  This turned Nord & Midi into through stations and enabled Brussels Midi to become the main hub for all trains serving Brussels.

small bullet point  Which platform for your train?

small bullet point  Arriving by Eurostar & Leaving by Eurostar

small bullet point  Short cut from Eurostar to your onward train

small bullet point  How long to allow for connections in Brussels?

small bullet point  Ticket offices

small bullet point  Left luggage office & lockers

small bullet point  Pullman Hotel bar - a VIP waiting room!

small bullet point  Places to eat

 

small bullet point  Free transfer to Brussels Central for Eurostar & Thalys passengers

small bullet point  Brussels Central station

small bullet point  How to walk into central Brussels

small bullet point  Hotels near Brussels Midi for an overnight stop

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small bullet point  Trains from Brussels to other European cities

small bullet point  Trains from other European cities to Brussels

small bullet point  General information for European train travel

Entrance...

There's a main entrance on each side of the station at either end of the ground-level concourse under all 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.

Brussels Midi station entrance, north side

Concourse...

I have to admit that Brussels Midi isn't my favourite station.  The main concourse (couloir principal) at Brussels Midi is a somewhat gloomy street-level passageway underneath all the tracks, spanning the width of the station between north & south entrances.  The train tracks are above street level with escalators & stairs up to each platform.  A similar but much narrower concourse runs underneath all the platforms a hundred yards to the south, called the couloir sud.

Brussels Midi main concourse

In this photo you can see the main departures board and (on the left) a set of escalators up to platforms 7 & 8.  Note the TV screens above the escalators, telling you the destination & calling points of the next train from that platform.  The international ticket office is visible in the background, under the departures board.

Brussels Midi main concourse, another view

Another view of the main concourse, with escalators up to platform 16 on the left.

Which platform for your train?

There are 22 platforms, numbered from northwest to southeast.  The tracks run on a viaduct above ground level, there are escalators & stairs to the concourse at street level below.  Check the departure screens and boards to see which platform your train leaves from.

There is free and open access from street to concourse to platforms, without ticket gates or barriers, except for (a) platforms 1 & 2 which are secure and accessed via the Eurostar terminal and (b) there are occasional ID checks before boarding a Thalys to Paris, Amsterdam or Cologne, though I've yet to see one myself.

Brussels Midi platforms 5 & 6

Platforms 1-6 have been modernised with smart terrazzo flooring.  Platforms 1 & 2 are used for Eurostars to London and can only be accessed via the Eurostar terminal.  Platforms 3-6 are used by ICEs to Cologne & Frankfurt, Thalys to Paris, Cologne & Amsterdam, and those few Eurostars which run to/from Amsterdam.  Above, an ICE to Cologne is about to leave from platform 5.  The escalators lead down to the main concourse below the tracks.

Brussels Midi platforms 7-22

Platforms 7-22 have not been modernised and retain a more 1950s feel.  They're used by domestic trains plus the non-high-speed international trains to Luxembourg and the Netherlands.  The tracks are above street level, the escalators lead down to the street-level concourse below.

Arriving by Eurostar...

Short cut between platforms at Brussels Midi

This is the escalator you're looking for, roughly level with car 11.  This is the one on platform 2.  There's a similar escalator on platform 1, where platform & escalator are to the left of the train.  Photo courtesy of @EurostarJustinp

Leaving by Eurostar...

The entrance to the Eurostar terminal is on the main concourse level with platforms 1 & 2, signed Channel Terminal.  If you walk into the northern entrance it's just inside on the right.  You must check in at least 30 minutes before the Eurostar leaves (10 minutes with Business Premier tickets).  Inside the terminal entrance hall, you first scan your ticket barcode to open the automatic ticket gates.  Then comes Belgian passport control followed by UK passport control and the relatively painless X-ray security check.  You then wait in the Eurostar departure lounge (where there's a cafe, bar & shop) until your Eurostar is ready for boarding.  Then up the escalators or lift to platform 1 or 2 or occasionally 3 onto the train for London.  More about checking-in for Eurostar.

Brussels Midi entrance to Eurostar terminal

How long to allow for connections in Brussels? 

Ticket offices...

Brussels Midi international ticket office   Brussels Midi domestic ticket office

International ticket office on the main concourse near platform 3.  There's a numbered queuing system.

 

Domestic ticket office, on the main concourse between escalators up to platforms 14 & 15.

Left luggage office & lockers...

There are left luggage lockers and a staffed left luggage office at Brussels Midi if you want to stash your bags while exploring Brussels.  The lockers are in the large recessed area level with platforms 3-6 near the international ticket office.  The staffed left luggage & lost property office is currently on the main concourse, between the escalators up to platforms 12 & 13.  See here for left luggage prices & opening times, and see the photos below.

Brussels Midi left luggage office   Brussels Midi luggage lockers

The left luggage & lost property office is now on the main concourse between escalators up to platforms 12 & 13.

 

The left luggage lockers are in the big recessed area off the main concourse between platforms 3 & 6.

Express Supermarket...

The Carrefour Express minimarket is the best place to stock up for your journey.  It's down this passageway which comes off the main concourse level with platforms 3 & 4, opposite the international ticket office, marked with a trolley symbol on the station map.  It also stocks beer & wine.

Brussels Midi supermarket

Pullman Hotel bar...

The Pullman Hotel's stylish bar is perhaps the best VIP waiting room, a civilised oasis away from the hustle & bustle of the station concourse for the price of a coffee or beer - a pint of Goose IPA will set you back €9, but think of it as €9 VIP lounge access with a free pint of beer...  The bar comes with free WiFi and tables with mobile/laptop charging points.  The bar offers bar snacks, but for something more substantial the hotel has a decent restaurant upstairs.  The Pullman Hotel is an integral part of Brussels Midi station, you don't even need to cross the road as there's a door from the station into the hotel lobby.

To find this door, first find the international ticket office on the main concourse, level with platform 3.  Now imagine walking straight out of the international ticket office across the width of the concourse and into the retail passageway directly opposite.  The hotel door is just inside this passageway on the left, see the photos below.

If you'd prefer somewhere cheaper, try the SAS cafe (see SAS Cafe's Facebook page) across the road from the main southern exit on the platform 22 side of the station.

Pullman Brussels Midi bar

The stylish Pullman Hotel bar is arguably the best VIP waiting room on Brussels Midi...

Pullman Hotel Brussels Midi   Pullman Hotel Brussels Midi

The door from station into the hotel lobby...

 

Table with charging points.  The bar also has free WiFi.

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 (including a great steak tartare) and is a decent place to wait for your train.

Brussels Midi Brasserie de la Gare   Food at Brussels Midi Brasserie de la Gare

If you've time to reach the Grande Place:  Aux Armes de Bruxelles...

If you've time to hop on a local train one or two stops to Brussels Central and walk 5 minutes to the Grande Place, there are vast numbers of tourist trap restaurants, simply avoid these and try the celebrated Aux Armes de Bruxelles, auxarmesdebruxelles.com, which is one of the very few really good traditionally Belgian restaurants near the Grande Place.  Their moules-frites are excellent.

For a taste of Belgian beer whilst in Brussels, try the equally-celebrated Delirium cafe near the Grande Place, www.deliriumcafe.be.

Aux Armes de Bruxelles restaurant - mussels   Aux Armes de Bruxelles restaurant

Hotels near Brussels Midi...

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

Brussels Central station...

Brussels Central station   Brussels Central war memorial

Brussels Central is 5 minutes walk from the Grand Place.

 

The war memorial inside Brussels Central....

Brussels Central ticket office   Brussels Central platforms

Brussels Central ticket office...

 

The platforms are underground...

Walking to Brussels city centre:  See route map.

Grand Place, Brussels

The Grand Place in central Brussels, on a rainy December day...

Belgium's national railway museum at Schaarbeek...


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