Brussels Train Stations
The 3 main train stations in Brussels will take you all over the country and also to the regional areas of Brussels. Ensure you know the alternative names of the stations so you can spot these when booking your tickets or searching timetables online. All the stations are on the same line from north to south and most high speed international trains leave from the south (Brussels-Midi); all intercity trains will pass through Brussels Centrale and Brussels Midi.
Brussels Nord (also known as Gare du Nord or Noordstation) is the north station of Brussels. Many trains will go through here but the main departure points are Brussels Centrale and Brussels Midi. There is no metro connection at Brussels Nord to other parts of the city but there are trams (Line 3 and Line 4), which connect to the other metro lines and take you to the centre of the city.
Brussels Centrale (also known as Gare Centrale or Brussel Centraal ) is the centre of activity for intercity travellers. Being at the centre of the city, it is close to many hostels, tourist attractions and the Grand Place. You will be able to depart here and go to all the other cities of Belgium using intercity trains www.sncb.be.
The busiest of all the stations in Brussels is Brussels-Midi station (also known as Gare du Midi or Zuidstation); it is the south station for Brussels city. The is one of the busiest because apart from intercity trains, the metro and trams there are also international high-speed train platforms for Eurostar and Thalys which have their ticket offices there as well. The complex itself is modern and contains a food court, cafes and chocolatiers.
The Brussels railways which run from the north to the south of the city have train routes all over Europe, especially the Netherlands, Germany, UK and France. From the Brussels-Midi station you can depart to many destinations in Europe by rail. Brussels is the hub city for many trains that criss-cross Belgium so if you are taking a train from Ghent to Liege, you will stop via Brussels or you may take a train to Brussels and a connection to Liege from there. Alternatively you may want to include Brussels in your travel itinerary if you are travelling from Germany to the Netherlands via Belgium. A useful resource for train journeys all over Europe is the Eurail guide www.eurail.com.