Brussels-West station

Brussels-West Station (French: Gare de l'Ouest, Dutch: Weststation) is a multimodal transport hub located in the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels. The station was initially opened in 1872 on the western orbital railroad of Brussels, line 28. It used to be an extensive goods yard, with the station building located close to the current location of Beekkant metro station. After closure of the goods yard, the platforms were moved south. The station was closed for passengers in 1984, but reopened in December 2009 in the framework of the Brussels RER project.


(STIB-MIVB) naambord Weststation.png
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Coordinates50°50′56″N 4°19′15″E / 50.84889°N 4.32083°E / 50.84889; 4.32083Coordinates: 50°50′56″N 4°19′15″E / 50.84889°N 4.32083°E / 50.84889; 4.32083
Preceding station   Brussels Metro   Following station
TerminusLine 1
toward Elisabeth
Line 2
toward Simonis
Line 5
toward Elisabeth
Line 6
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Coordinates50°50′56″N 4°19′15″E / 50.84889°N 4.32083°E / 50.84889; 4.32083
Owned byNational Railway Company of Belgium
Other information
Station codeFBOW
Opened1872 (1872)
Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
toward Dendermonde
S 10
toward Aalst

From 1982 the station was also served by the line 1B of the Brussels Metro. With the completion of the loop of the line 2 and the reorganisation of the Brussels metro network in April 2009, all Brussels metro lines now serve the station. The station also connects with tram and bus, and the new Jacques Brel bus and metro depot has been built very near to it.

Current servicesEdit

Since its rebuilding in 2009, the West station is becoming a main multimodal transport hub in western Brussels which will gain importance in the framework of the Brussels RER development.

National Rail (SNCB/NMBS)Edit

The station is served by the following service(s):

  • Brussels RER services (S10) Dendermonde - Brussels - Denderleeuw - Aalst

Brussels Metro (STIB/MIVB)Edit

On the metro network, the station is called Gare de l'Ouest in French and Weststation in Dutch. It is served by all metro lines (1-5 and 2-6). Changing between the two metro lines (1/5 and 2/6), is however, very cumbersome, requiring passengers to go up the escalator, leave the fare controlled area and cross the main railway line and down through a fare gate again. That change is better done at the next station, Beekkant.

Brussels tram lines (STIB/MIVB)Edit

  • Line 82 Berchem Station - Drogenbos Castle
  • Line 83 Berchem Station - Montgomery

Brussels bus lines (STIB/MIVB)Edit

  • Line 86 Machtens - Central Station

Flemish bus lines (De Lijn)Edit

  • 126 North Station - Ninove (Express)
  • 127 North Station - Ninove
  • 128 North station - Ninove
  • 129 North Station - Dilbeek Zuurweide
  • 620 Brussels Airport - Erasme Hospital

External linksEdit

  Media related to Weststation (Brussels) at Wikimedia Commons