Brussels South Railway Station, Brussels

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Brussels-South is the biggest railway station in Brussels, capital of Belgium. As Brussels is a bilingual entity, both the French and Dutch names are official. This often leads to the usage of combined shorthands outside Belgium: for example in the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable, Brussels-South is designated as "Brussels Midi/Zuid"; Dutch Railways announce the station as "Brussel Zuid/Midi". 1,000 trains pass between Brussels-South and Brussels-North railway stations every day. The station is connected to the Gare du Midi/Zuidstation station of the Brussels Metro system.HistoryA station known as Station des Bogards/Bogaardenstation existed since 1840 near the Place Rouppeplein in the southern part of the city. It was demolished 29 years later as it was already too small. A new station designed by Payen opened in 1869 a short distance south of the original one. Payen's terminal station was itself demolished in 1949 and replaced by a through station on the present site as part of the North-South connection project.FeaturesThe station is surrounded by the Avenue Fonsny/Fonsnylaan to the east, the Rue de France/Frankrijkstraat to the west, the Rue Couverte/Bedektestraat to the north and the Rue des Vétérinaires/Veeartsenstraat to the south. In the 1990s, the Eurostar terminal was added on the Rue de France/Frankrijkstraat side. This contains two bay platforms with no onward northbound connection.
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  • Streets adjacent to South Station does not seem to me a safe place to walk on them not too pleasant even during the day. Brussels-Midi or Zuid-a typical large and functional European station with platforms, cafes, shops. Compared to Central station, at the South Station seems more spacious platforms more shipments and passengers. In the building of the railway station and the Metro station Gare du Midi, and here I was waiting for a nasty surprise. For vending machines, where they sell tickets on Metro, long queues stretched. Besides, it turned out that only part of the device accepts cash, credit cards and others.
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  • This is a nice station with great facilities, plenty of place to eat and a shopping centre. Went there to catch the Eurostar. Used the luggage lockers and ate in the food court.  more »
  • What a pleasure taking trains to and from this station. It has a great food and shopping area to make one comfortable while waiting. The ticketing areas are fast and friendly. Local mass transit is ri...  more »
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