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Stopover in Brussels

Chicago, Illinois
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Stopover in Brussels

We will be taking the train from Amsterdam to London, with a stopover in Brussels. Since we'll be connecting there, I thought we'd spend a few hours exploring Brussels. If we arrive at Midi from Amsterdam, how far is it to walk to the main downtown Brussels area? Would there be a place we could store our luggage for a few hours? Do you think it's worth it to stop and explore for about 6-8 hours?

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Brussels, Belgium
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1. Re: Stopover in Brussels

As both the trains you will be taking require separate bookings (assuming that you will be taking Thalys from Amsterdam rather than IC), you'll effectively have an Amsterdam-Brussels ticket and a Brussels-London ticket. While both Thalys and Eurostar terminate at/ start from Bruxelles-Midi station, your Amsterdam-Brussels ticket allows you to continue to any other train station in Brussels, which means you can get on any train from Midi to Bruxelles-central (they run every few minutes, takes 4 mins) which is near the Grand' Place (www.ilotsacre.be/site/en/default_en.htm).

And then your London-Brussels ticket permits you to start your journey to London from Bruxelles-central - which you must time to arrive back at Midi about 1 hr mins before Eurostar departure for luggage collection from storage, then check-in, 2 sets of passport controls, and security checks.

Therefore, there is no need to walk (which would take me at least 30-40 mins), you can take a train for free, in each direction. Even without that there would be no need to walk as you could take metro lines 3/4 to Bourse for €2.10 per person.

You can store your luggage at Bruxelles-Midi (in lockers or the staffed left-luggage office in the main concourse near the escalator to Thalys platform 6) before taking a train to Gare centrale, and of course collect it on your return before checking in at the nearby "Channel terminal".

I can't tell whether it would be worth it FOR YOU to visit Brussels for that amount of time, you will need to read up on it yourself to decide (see e.g. https:/…brussels.shtml or use the links on the ilôt sacré map): but you can certainly see the Grand' Place, Galeries St. Hubert and other things in that area.

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