- Part 1: Cheap way to book your European train tickets
- Part 2: Ebbsfleet International Review
- Part 3: Eurostar London to Brussels Review
- Part 4: Brussels Midi Station Review, this blog article
- Part 5: Intercity Express (ICE) Brussels to Frankfurt Review
Our train from London (Ebbsfleet International) arrived at the upper level of the Brussels South station. Since we cleared out immigration check at the point of departure, there was no immigration check at the Brussels South station.
Now the UK is getting out of the Eurozone, there is a possibility starting March 2019 you may have to pass through customs and immigration upon arrival at Brussels.
Once you arrive in Brussels, you walk past the train to catch the elevator or escalator to arrive at the main concourse level.
Brussels South Station (Brussels Midi)
The station called Bruxelles Midi in French, Brussel Zuid in Flemish, Brussels South Station in English, they are all same.
At the main concourse level, you have two options you can leave the station for getting your lunch or you can stay at the station where there are plenty of restaurants with a wide variety of food choices.
Since I had a computer printed copy of the ticket I was not sure whether I have to show the printed copy of the ticket and get our ticket for our onboard journey to Frankfurt.
Stood in the ticket counter line for about 10 minutes and asked the ticketing staff whether I need to get a ticket for our trip to Frankfurt. She said no additional ticket is required all we have do is to show our paper ticket on board to the conductor when he asks us for our ticket.
Resturants and Shops
There are plenty of restaurants on the main concourse level which serves wide verity of food choices. The restaurants included fast food as well as sitting and dining option. If you are planning to shop there are few shops are available for purchasing items for your personal use for gifting items.
Car Rental Counters
If your trip terminates at Brussels you have a choice of renting a car at the station for your local transport.
There are few ATM’s available in the station, if you are coming from London, you need Euro for all your cash purchases. If you have some leftover British Pounds, you can exchange them at the Western Union currency exchange counter. But you will get an abysmal exchange conversion rate. I had just £10, with me when I exchanged that with the Western Union I received only €7 even though the actual conversion rate for Pound to Euro is much higher.
There are no free restrooms available in the station you need use €0.50 to access the Euro. If you are out of cash, you need to get the cash using the ATM, or you need to use the restroom available on the train.
The pay restroom is common throughout Europe when you want to use the restroom in the public places like the train station or metro stations.
Catching the Train to Frankfurt
You need to check the monitor for you train departure platform to go the correct departure platform. Few places the signs are confusing you need to pay extra attention to follow the signs to arrive at your departure platform.
Even though we arrived 30 minutes before the departure time and the train was waiting for us on the platform, the Intercity Express train doors open openly 5 minutes before the departure time.
If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to use both doors to enter the train as the baggage storage area located in the middle of the coach and not in the end like the Eurostar.