Take a cab, it shouldn't cost that much and is a sure thing.Edited: 7:50 pm, September 05, 2011
thanks Teleport.. does someone know how far Grasmrkt 82 Rue du marche aux herbes is from Rue du Brabant 80?
It certainly wouldn't be a 25-minute walk for me from Gare du Midi to rue du Marché aux Herbes (Grasmarkt), but more like 40 minutes, plus it's a horrible walk especially at the beginning where Some People seem to have confused the railway arches with a public toilet.
With an hour to get there, you can indeed catch any of the trains (not necessarily suburban, as this includes trains going to e.g. Luxembourg!) going North from Gare du Midi, there is one every 5-10 minutes and the easiest to find would be those going to the airport, every 20 minutes, as I think these are still indicated on the departure board/monitors with a little plane. Your Thalys ticket covers you for travel to either of Brussels' other main stations (Central and Nord), and whichever North-bound train you catch, it takes only 2-3 minutes from Midi to Central.
The alternative would be to take the metro (in fact underground tram, line 3 or 4) to Bourse, but for this you would have to pay for separate tickets (€1.80). 82 rue du Marché aux Herbes is near the petite rue des Bouchers. If you google the address you will get a map.
Rue de Brabant is over near Gare du Nord in Schaerbeek, I guess it would take The Man only 10 minutes to walk there from rue du Marché aux Herbes, but it would take me a good 20 mins. No. 80 (Chao Chow Palace Hotel, which I have to say I consider to be a HORRIBLE place to stay!!) is on the corner of rue de l'Ascension; if you used up your free transfer to ONE other Brussels station by using your Thalys ticket to Gare centrale, then the easiest way to get there would be to take the metro from Bourse/De Brouckère to Rogier, come outside into Place Rogier, walk over to the side where the Brussels City Hilton is, and go under the bridge in that corner of the square (lit underneath with multi-coloured lights), you will see the CCP as soon as you come out on the other side. Alternatively, if you take a train/metro to Gare du Nord you can come out of the back exit, which I think may be signposted rue de Brabant (anyway, opposite side from the one signposted to the city centre) and it's virtually just across the road.Edited: 7:44 am, September 06, 2011
< does someone know how far Grasmrkt 82 Rue du marche aux herbes is from Rue du Brabant 80? >
At least a mile - probably a bit more.
< Take a cab, it shouldn't cost that much and is a sure thing. >
Nobody who lives in Brussels would suggest that driving round the inner ring road in the middle of the morning rush hour was a "sure" way to get anywhere fast - and that is what a trip by taxi from Midi to the Grand-Place would involve. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5A529obhQ
Train - free; 3 minutes - or metro (subway) - €1.80; 5 minutes - would be much more reliable.
thanks so much qaminari. I really appreciate all this info. I am very grateful you took the time to respond to me. I will print up all the responses I got and will definitely use them as my guide when we get to Brussels. Have a grand life!
Gee Colin56, it is only 1500 or 1600 meters from Midi to the Grand Place. I didn't know that Brussel's taxi drivers were so inept that they couldn't cover that distance in less than one hour.
Thanks for the warning.