Brussels is a fun city that offers so many things to see and do, but how do you get here you ask? Well there are several different options and, in this article, we will show you what they are and how much they cost. Easily avoid the stress of planning your trip with our top tips and in no time you will be joining us on one of our tours!
Top tip number one is to remember to book the airport parking at your departure airport in advance. By booking ahead you can easily save up to 60% on airport parking, compared to if you make your booking last-minute or on the day. The most effective way to achieve this is to use a comparison website. For travellers from the UK there is Parkhero. This website allows you to quickly and easily compare Manchester Airport parking prices and other airports across the country to find best deal for your trip. You just need to choose your airport and enter your travel dates! If you would like to find a similar website for your departure country, just type ‘compare … airport parking’ into a search engine.
Choosing your airport
There are two main airports in Belgium and both are conveniently located close to Brussels. This gives you a great range of flight and transfer options to choose from!
Brussels Zaventum Airport
Zaventum is located just 12 km northeast of the city and offers destinations across the world. Some of the main airlines served by the airport include Brussels Airlines (main base), Corendon, Ryanair, TUI and Vueling amongst others.
- The bus station is located on the floor below Arrivals
- De Lijn buses 272 and 471 go to Brussels North station where you can find connecting trains and buses to the central station
- You can buy a ticket on the bus for €3 but make sure to have exact change (if you download the Lijn app you will find cheaper tickets)
- STIB Airport Line buses 12 and 21 will take you to the European Quarter in 30 minutes
- Tickets can be purchased online, at the GO vending machines or on the bus for around €
- The airport is connected to the national rail network giving you easy access to the whole country
- Trains to Brussels Central take just 17 minutes and run roughly every 10 minutes
- Tickets cost around €10 and tickets can be bought online or at the airport station
- Taxis to the centre cost around €45 and take about 30 minutes
- Look out for the blue and yellow city license and that the driver has the meter turned on
Brussels Charleroi Airport
Further from Brussels at 46 km to the south is Belgium’s second busiest airport, Brussels Charleroi. It is a smaller airport than Zaventum and mainly offers budget flights across Europe. Airlines include Ryanair, TUI, Wizz Air and Air Belgium.
- You will need to catch bus A to Charleroi Sud train station and then a regular train to Brussels Central
- Total journey takes around 2 hours with buses leaving every 30 minutes from the airport
- You can buy a combined ticket for bus and train online on the SNCB website for €15.60
- Flibco buses run every 60 minutes from the airport to Brussels Midi train station
- Buses take around 50 minutes to Midi
- Tickets can be purchased online and cost around €15
Arriving by train and coach
Brussels is also well-connected by train to most major European cities. Some of your options include the Eurostar to London, the Thalys from Cologne, Amsterdam and Paris, the NS trains to Amsterdam and the Nightjet to Vienna. Or if you are looking for a cheaper option, there are also some great coach routes and some of the best are provided by Flixbus. These routes connect Brussels to cities in the Netherlands, Germany, France and beyond. For both the trains and Flixbus, it is always a good idea to book in advance to find the best prices!
We look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours across the beautiful city of Brussels!