How to get to Brussels by train
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The center of European activities, Brussels is a cosmopolitan hub that features many cultural elements, making it one of the top destinations for international travelers. Sitting at the heart of Brussels is the famous Grand-Place, a world heritage site that boasts many nearby Gothic and Baroque architectural marvels. During the holiday season, the square hosts the Winter Wonders light show, as well as a giant Christmas tree. If you enjoy museums, don’t miss out on the Musical Instruments Museum, which is housed in an Art Nouveau building. Featuring as many as 1,200 instruments from around the world, the museum is every music fan’s dream. If you want to go on a shopping spree while in Brussels, head for the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is housed in a stunning Renaissance-style arcade.
Brussels is the home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and its food scene is among the top-rated in the country. For those wishing to enjoy a contemporary twist on Belgian classics, head towards La Quincaillerie. If seafood is your go-to, Noordzee Mer du Nord will definitely satisfy your palate.
Brussels’ three main rail stations are Brussels-South, Brussels-Central, and Brussels-North, all of which are the busiest in the country. Gare du Midi, located in the Brussels-South station, is the main hub for bus travel in and out of Brussels. The city is served by several airports, the most prominent of which is the Brussels-National Airport, located 10 miles east of the city.
The Haren-South station, translated as Haren-Sud in French and Haren-Zuid in Dutch, is a small train station located in the Haren area of Brussels. The station is the destination of many bus routes to Brussels and some local trains, but it is not a very large stop. The train tracks are uncovered, and there are just small covered waiting areas on the outdoor platforms. The nearest amenities are a short walk away, at Haren's main intersection, where you can find a few cafes and convenience stores if needed. To connect to the center of Brussels, take the S2 train, a local train that arrives at Haren-South every 30 minutes.
Popular train stations in Brussels:
Gare du Midi
What train companies travel to Brussels, Belgium?
Located in Belgium, Brussels is accessible by train from 43 other cities. You can choose from 1360 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Brussels on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Brussels are also available.
Train companies serving Brussels
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Deutsche Bahn||68||7h 51m||$120.14|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||68||7h 46m||$112.14|
|DB Intercity-Express||27||5h 0m||$117.59|
|DB Intercity||6||12h 3m||$153.87|
The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.
Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.
Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.
Frequently Asked Questions
The busiest train station in Brussels is Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Brussels are:
Top train routes to and from Brussels
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