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Gare centrale, Brussels
Gare centrale - Centraal station is my favourite as train station. It's easily accessable. I mean, right in the center (metro station: Gare centrale ).
From there, you can go everywhere in Belgium. If you are heading North, your trip will likely pass through North station. And through Midi station (South) if you are heading South (in most Wallonia parts, for instance).
A backdraw though: no High Speed Train (TGV-Eurostar-Thalys) will stop here. For that, you have North and South station.
Advantages: stepping down at Central means being close to the center. Grand-Place is not far, neither Mont des Arts area (incl. Parc Royal and Royal Palace).
It's safe... In summer, it's not unusual that tourists and locals alike still browse around at midnight. Hey! it's the center.
STIB - MIVB buses
This is my favorite transportation within Brussels. Jump and let yourself be carried here and there. Step out and the city is yours!
Bus, tram, metro are not free in Brussels. They are handled by STIB - MIVB.
Instead of buying a ticket for each time you use public transportation (each ticket being valid for one hour), buy a 10-journey card.
A One-day ticket also enables to use public transportation STIB as often as you want, in one day. A plus: on week-ends, 2 persons travelling together can use same One-day ticket.
1,40 euro for a 1-ride ticket (one hour valid); 6,50 euros for a 5-ride-card (each journey is one-hour valid); 9,80 euros for a 10-ride-card (each ride is one-hour valid) and 3,80 euros for a One-day ticket (valid for one day). Make your calculation according to your plan...
For people who intend to stay in Brussels for months, rather seek for monthly/ yearly subscriptions. Go to a commercial agency (Naamsepoort or Porte de Namur, for instance), get a hard plastified card from there and buy your monthly ticket every month. This is available for MIVB-STIB net. Price: 35 euro/month and 350 euro/ year for 25-60er.
For those who regularly use outside Brussels net, combination is possible with De Lijn net (for Flemish Brabant). Ask a commercial agent for particular cases as well (travel in group is cheaper as long as you stick together: some 6.50 euros are enough for 5 people travelling together during a day for instance).
Phone: 02 - 515.2000
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