top5 Brussels Airports

Travelling to Brussels in the near future? If you want to go by plane, there are five airports to choose from: Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Brussels South in Charleroi, Antwerp International Airport, Liege Airport and Ostend-Bruges International Airport.

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Brussels Airport

The biggest one – by far – is also the one closest to Brussels: Brussels Airport. The Brussels Airport looks modern and luxurious and has lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. It’s located about 15 km north from the center of Brussels, which you can reach by train, bus, car or taxi.
Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get the city center. You can take the express line or the Bus 12/Airport Line, which runs every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday, until 8 PM. This bus will take you to the European Quarter. Another option is Bus 21. This one is a tad slower but runs in the weekends as well. It takes you to Ducale, right in the center of Brussels. Buses 471 and 272 will bring you to Brussels-North.
The fastest way to get to the center from the Airport in Brussels is the train, because by bus, car or taxi you will probably get stuck in a traffic jam. The train is a bit more expensive than the bus because you have to pay the Diabolo tax.

South Brussels Airport

The Brussels airport in Charleroi (South Brussels) is located about 50 km south of Brussels. It’s used by low-cost carriers like Ryanair, Pegasus Airlines, Wizzair, Jetair and Thomas Cook. Around 100 cities in Europe, North Africa and Turkey are connected to this airport. From the Brussels South Airport, a shuttle bus will get you to the center of Brussels in about 45 minutes. It’s best to buy your bus ticket in advance if you want to avoid additional fees. You can also get to Brussels by car or train.

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Antwerp International Airport

The airport in Antwerp offers flights from and to South Hampton, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Geneva, Caen, Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Nador, Palma de Mallorca, Rome and Split. Brussels is about 50 km away from the Antwerp Airport. You can go by car, train or bus (line 14).

Lieges Airport

The Airport in Liege is famous for its cargo operations. It’s the eight biggest cargo airport in Europe, but also offers a few passenger flights. Six airlines regularly operate charter flights at Liège airport: Jetair, Nouvelair, Air Corsica, Thomas Cook, Tunisair and I-Fly. To reach Brussels, which is only 20 km away from Lieges Airport, you can take the train, bus (line 57) or rent a car.

Ostend-Bruges International Airport

Finally, you can book a flight to Ostend-Bruges International Airport to go to Brussels. Although its focus is cargo transport, Freebird Airlines, Jetairfly, Tunisair and Tailwind Airlines operate regular flights to this airport. The Ostend-Bruges airport is the furthest away from all of the abovementioned airports. It’s 120 km from Brussels. A train ride would be the fastest way to travel to Belgium’s capital; it takes about one hour and a half. You can also travel by bus (line 57) or go by car.

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Soham Csilla

Fusion European Dinner with Hungarian Host

This was a great experience for us getting away from the usual tourist trail. Csilla had her husband and younger son pick us up from the bus stop. Their house is located in a lovely neighbourhood. We started off with wine and appetisers and soon were engrossed in a lively conversation with them. Csilla herself loved interacting with people from different places and so did we. We could not enjoy their balcony as it was raining outside. Finally we sat down for a well prepared meal with her entire family. We wanted to book an uber on our way back but could not manage to book one. So her husband offered to drop us to our Airbnb at the same rate which an uber charges which we felt was a really nice gesture on their part. I would recommend this activity not only for the meal but also for the cultural exchange that happens when you interact with people living lives so different from yours.

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Wayne Csilla

Fusion European Dinner with Hungarian Host

My wife and I had dinner at Csilla's home recently and had a great experience. She was warm and welcoming. The hor d'oerves , dinner and wine were all wonderful but the best part was meeting Csilla and her family. We dined with her and her 2 sons and met her husband later as he had business event to attend. They are all lovely people. We loved this experience and recommend having dinner with a local on your next journey. Be sure to get specific transit instructions from your location. Cheers

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Tricia Csilla

Fusion European Dinner with Hungarian Host

Camilla and Daniel were excellent hosts together with their sons Felix and Oscar. The boys met us at the bus stop and walked us up to their amazing apartment with lovely views out across Brussels. After an aperitif (or 2) of rose wine and pate I went to help(?) Csilla make the dish. Actually I just watched but it was fascinating to see pasta being made - Oscar helped too and ate some of the raw mixture!! Csilla and I were able to talk about food and cooking and found we both knew a lot of similar things. We then sat down to a family meal which was delightful and delicious!! We ended up chatting so much that we suddenly realised it was after 10pm and we still had to get back to our accommodation.
We had a fantastic time and Csilla and Daniel made us feel really welcome. Csilla is an amazing cook making the recipe seem really easy. We both hope this venture works well for her.
If you want a great evening with lovely food in a pleasant location with friendly hosts then this is the place for you.