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About Brussels

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.

Station Information

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:

  • Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud

  • Schaarbeek

  • Bockstael

  • Bruxelles-Schuman

  • Bruxelles Tour-et-Taxis

  • Haren(B)

  • Bruxelles-Central

  • Congres

  • Bruxelles-Chapelle

What train companies travel to Brussels, Belgium?

Located in Belgium, Brussels is accessible by train from 99 other cities. You can choose from 2662 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

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn887h 30m$102.84
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company858h 18m$97.83
DB Intercity-Express284h 52m$99.43
DB Intercity47h 47m$61.96

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Brussels?

$22.55 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Brussels, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Brussels. In the last month, trains from Mönchengladbach to Brussels had the lowest average price at $35.57.

Where is the train station in Brussels, Belgium?

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:

  • Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud
  • Schaarbeek
  • Bockstael

What is the closest airport to Brussels, BRU?

The closest airport to Brussels is Brussels Airport (BRU), it is located 6.8 miles from the city center of Brussels.

Is Brussels a popular train travel destination?

Brussels ranks number 13 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 186 in Belgium. Brussels has the most train connections in the region. There are 0 train schedules arriving in Brussels each day.

What is the population of Brussels?

The population of Brussels is 1019022. Brussels ranks number 13 in terms of population in Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de;Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest and number 22 in all of Belgium.

How much do train tickets to Brussels cost?

Train tickets to Brussels range from for a short trip to Brussels, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Brussels starts at , and a longer trip by train to Brussels can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $23 .

What train station is located closest to the city center of Brussels?

The closest train station to the city center of Brussels is Bruxelles-Central, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Bruxelles-Central as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Brussels. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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