We are taking the train from Amsterdam to London, and it looks like the nshispeed website where I am buying tickets is giving me nearly a 2 hour difference between the train from Amsterdam to Brussels, and the train from Brussels to London. So we will have some time to kill and I don't think sitting in a chair in the station is the best use of our time! Can we check our bags and go out walking near the station and is there anything interesting to see? I think we need to check in to our Eurostar train 30 minutes before it leaves, right? Are there any additional delays for customs in Brussels?
Sorry Dave, I don't recall the name of the station, but I walked quite awhile from the station before I found anything. Your are missing a great city though. If your plans change think of spending time there. Underated. Great food.
It's Brussels-Zuid (south?) station. Looks like Grand Place isn't too far away, I wonder if there is an easy metro train we could take there?
Brussels Zuid is a little far of a walk for only 1.5 hours. The Metro connection to Brussel Centraal, which is much closer to the Grand Place, is surprisingly complicated. An easier option, although not exactly 100% ethical, is to grab a Belgian rail train headed in the direction of the airport, Hasselt, Leuven or Liege. All of these trains will stop at Brussel Centraal and they never check tickets until the trains leave the city.
Thanks Tom, I think we may just stay on foot near the station and see what we can see. I'm sure there will be something of mild interest to occupy our time.
Unfortunately, the area around Brussels-Zuid is pretty seedy and not a pleasant place to walk around. If you can get a quick train or cab to Grand Place, do it, even if you only have half an hour to spend there. It's one of my favorite sites in Europe. It just blew me away.
Thanks Carol, how would I ask for Grand Place? We don't speak the language (French?) there. I think a cab would be much easier than trying to take the train.
Grand Place is just outside of Centraal Station. Fastest way to get there will be by train. There are departures every five minutes out of Midi station. Your ticket from Amsterdam to Brussels can be used for a RT journey between Midi and Centraal.
I think Michael is right. The traffic is horrendous in Brussels, so the train should be faster. By the way, you will have no language problems in Brussels. Almost everyone speaks English.
In order to ask for Grand Place, say, "Grand Place".
Well, what Nigel said but in American Grand Place rhymes with pond moss (sort of). Also don't be surprised if they answer you in English!