Brussels-South (Dutch: Brussel-Zuid, French: Bruxelles-Midi, IATA code: ZYR) is the biggest railway station in Brussels, capital of Belgium. The station's bilingual French-Dutch name is often shortened outside Belgium – for example, in the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable — to the (tri-lingual) "Brussels Midi/Zuid". The station is served by the Gare du Midi/Zuidstation station on the Brussels Metro system. 1,000 trains pass every day between Brussels-South and Brussels-North railway stations.
The French name "Midi" derives from mi (middle) and di (day) in Old French; compare Mezzogiorno, the south of Italy. The time of midday was synonymous with the direction of south because in France, as in all of the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is in the south at noon. The synonymy existed in Middle French as well, where meridien can refer to both midday and south.