Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal

Bruxelles / Brussels, (Belgium)

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About the station


Bruxelles-Central train station is aptly named as it’s located close to the heart of the city – Le Grand Place is only a 10 min walk away (if you don’t get lost in the maze of streets in this part of Bruxelles.)

Despite its great location, Bruxelles-Central is akin to a commuter station, rather than a major railway terminus.

It has fewer facilities than the city’s main station, Bruxelles-Midi and the ICEs and Thalys trains to/from the Belgian capital don’t call at Bruxelles-Central.

However, they’re the only trains that pass through without stopping.
Meaning that the Intercity Brussels trains to/from The Netherlands DO call at Bruxelles-Central.

So if you will be travelling between the very centre of Bruxelles/Brussels and Amsterdam, Den Haag/The Hague or Rotterdam by train, then the Intercity Brussels trains can be a better option than taking The Thalys.

Particularly as The Intercity Brussels trains now connect at Rotterdam into fast Dutch Intercity Direct trains to Amsterdam Centraal.

At Bruxelles-Central the platforms/voies are located in a tunnel (similar to a Metro station), but they have been brightened up as part of a recently completed refresh of the station.

However, frequent trains depart in rapid succession from each platform, so take extra care that you’re boarding the right train.
It can be a good idea to make sure you can see an electronic train departure indicator, from where you are waiting on the platform.

In common with most other Belgian stations the platforms/voie aren’t zoned, partially because reservations aren’t available on any train that calls at Bruxelles-Central – including the InterCity trains.

People tend to congregate in the middle of the platforms, near to exits from the escalators on the platforms/voies.

So it can be easier to board the trains if you distance yourself from the crowds, by doing this you can also increase your chances of finding a seat.
However, the best option can be board the train by whatever door is nearest when it arrives and then move through the train to find a seat(s).

Arriving by train:

If you have luggage it's worth seeking out the escalators on each platform - you don't have to use the stairs.

Though check the signage carefully as one set of escalators only gives access to the other platforms/spors and NOT the exit.

When ascending from the escalators you will be in a lower level concourse.

A short flight of stairs lead to the escalators up to street level - but the escalators don't head up to the main exit/entrance.
When you leave by this exit, the main entrance will be over to the left.
 

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