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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  • July 8, 2017
    You wait in the que that says Gent, after a long time, they say only info, no tickets here!!! A sign that says no-tickets like everywhere else? The place to buy the tickets cannot be found, no signs u...  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    Shops, fast food and gift shops can be found in the South station and that is also the only reason why you should be there except taking the train or in the city. Little interesting for the rest. Quickly to the Centre (and why don't you get off at the central station?)
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  • June 13, 2017
    Convenient railway station (by Moscow standards). Don't believe what they say in the background. They too are wrong. And it's not lost in translation. This specificity of the nation! From the train station, very convenient to the airport at Charleroi. Street side due France. There are very helpful. And there are taxis)) Guys collect 6-8 passengers and driven to the airport. On time-30 minutes. At the Chatelet, h. Cash payment) Or on the map but at the beginning of the trip. And in general I
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