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Metro and getting around

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Metro and getting around

Hi folks. We are heading off to Brussels for a 3-night trip in a few days time (and staying at the SAS Radisson Royal). We were just wondering what options were available in terms of using the Metro for a 3-day period? Also, does anyone know how long it takes to get from Midi station to the hotel? (I guess the best way is by Metro?). Also, is it worth getting a Brussels pass re: sightseeing or should we just follow our noses when we get there? Cheers!

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1. Re: Metro and getting around

Actually no, the best way to get to the Radisson SAS Royal is not the metro but train to Gare centrale, which the hotel's website says is 3 minutes walk from there (they exaggerate, I would say 10 minutes with time for crossing roads). If you are arriving by Eurostar, you can take a local train from Gare du Midi (one stop) at no extra cost to Gare centrale.

Apart from that the most direct way from Gare du Midi is by underground tram to the De Brouckère stop, the walk to the hotel is then about the same distance as from the Gare centrale but more uphill. However, trams are very inconvenient with luggage, having high, narrow entrances.

Although it is a bit of a roundabout route, it is possible to go by metro from Gare du Midi by taking line 2 Direction Simonis, then get off at Arts-Loi and change to line 1, getting off at Gare centrale. If you do this, take the stairs by the front of the metro as the train pulls in and walk virtually straight ahead to rue d'Assaut opposite the cathedral, follow it down the hill, and the Radisson SAS is in front of you.

You can click on the bottom of any numbered line here for metro map and network map: http://www.stib.irisnet.be/FR/40000F.htm

You can buy a 3/5 day STIB pass for 9 euros which covers you for 3 x 24-hour periods in a 5-day period. I cannot tell you whether the Brussels Pass is a good buy for you as it depends on exactly what you want to see but you would have to be visiting a good number of museums for it to be worthwhile. I have given information about this in a previous question mentioning entry costs for individual museums and attractions. Also bear in mind that if one of your 3 days is a Monday, museums are closed then.

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2. Re: Metro and getting around

Many thanks qaminari, your advice is much appreciated!

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