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Paris to Brussels

We are taking the train from Paris to Brussels. What is the best way to get into central Brussels from the train station where the train from Paris arrives?


Posted by
8889 posts

There are 3 stations in central Brussels:

  • Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid (English: Brussels South)
  • Bruxelles-Central / Brussel-Centraal (English: Brussels Central)
  • Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord (English: Brussels North)

High speed trains from Paris (Thalys and TGV) stop at Brussels South. You can either get out there and walk or take a tram or métro to wherever you want to get to in central Brussels, or take a local train to one of the other stops (Brussels Central or North)

Posted by
32982 posts

That's quite a walk, and the tram doesn't really go easily where most tourists want to go.

For the Grand Place, take any of the very frequent local trains the one stop to Brussel Centraal and go upstairs, then go outside and walk down hill for about 3 minutes.

Posted by
4684 posts

Bourse stop on the tram routes 3/4 from Midi is very close to Grand Place.

Posted by
2000 posts

Agreeing with Nigel, to keep it simple just change platforms in Brussel-Zuid (where the high speed trains stop) and take a local train direction Antwerpen/Anvers, you don´t need to buy an extra ticket for the few minutes ride to Brussel-Centraal if you have the ticket Paris-Brussels still with you (to be sure ask the ticket inspector). For the tram you need to buy an extra ticket and you need to walk actually outside the railwaystation, so you won´t gain much time.