Remember your Brussels Eurostar ticket covers same day onward travel to all stations in Belgium. This includes Brussels Central Station, so you can use it instead of the Metro to get across town from Midi station to your hotel or meeting near Brussels Central.
Eurostar tickets are valid to Brussels Midi and all stations in Belgium, so you can use them to travel to other destinations without buying a further ticket.
Not that Brussels itself isn't lovely, but this is makes it even easier to get to towns like Antwerp, Ghent or the coast. And it's so much more relaxing than flying!
Use the Eurostar deal with Belgian Railways to travel on from Brussels at no extra cost.
Take the Luxembourg bound train to Libramont and then the bus number 8 to Bouillon on the River Semois. Stay at the Hotel Panorama overlooking river, town, castle and hills.
Listen to the town carillon play the Ode to Joy. The walking in the river valley and on wooded hills is wonderful and the food in the town is excellent. Return, if you can, on bus 45 to Bertrix for spectacular views of the Semois, tiny villages and the hills. Take the train from Bertrix to Libramont and then back to Brussels.
Having arrived by Eurostar at Brussels Midi station, onwards travel is free to anywhere in Belgium.
When scouring the departure boards, be aware that Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve are totally different places. I very nearly set off in the wrong direction, to what sounded like where I wanted to go.
Nick Watt says "take a taxi" then states it's expensive. Take a train (every 15 mins) to Brussels main stations (North, Central or Midi) for only €1.25 with a Key ticket (€10.00 for eight journeys)or €2.60 single fare - ± 10% of the taxi fare!
Most people will arrive by Eurostar at the Gare du Midi, which is on the Metro. Scheduled flights arrive at Brussels National Airport at Zaventem, which has a fast train connection to all the city's main stations. Taking a taxi will give you your first taste of Belgium's hideous bureaucracy. A taxi into town will cost between €30-40 because the service is run under the auspices of the Flanders government. A return taxi can be €10 cheaper because the service is run under the auspices of Brussels. Budget flights arrive at Charleroi airport, which is 46km south of Brussels. It has a shuttle into town that costs €10.50 each way.
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