Travel options in Brussels

Travelling to Brussels anytime soon and curious how to get there? Well, there are many options. You can travel to Brussels by plane, train, bus, car and even ferry. Ask your local host about the best way to travel to Brussels from your hometown!

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Travel to Brussels by plane

There are five airports in the proximity of Brussels. Brussels Airport in Zaventem is the biggest one and is also the closest airport to Brussels. It’s just 15 km away from Brussels which you can either reach by (rental) car, taxi, bus or train. The second biggest airport in Belgium, the Brussels South Airport in Charleroi, is located about 50 km from the city centre. It’s mostly used by low-cost carriers like Ryanair and Wizzair. From this airport, you can reach Brussels by bus (shuttle), train or car.

The airports in Antwerp (50 km from Brussels), Liege (20 km from Brussels) and Ostend-Bruges (120 km from Brussels) are much smaller than the abovementioned. The airlines operating in these airports are flying to several mostly-European destinations. Again, you can get to Brussels by car, train or bus.

Travel to Brussels by train

If you’re not too fond of air travel, and you’re not thousands of kilometers away, you’re probably considering to travel by train. Good choice! The several international trains to Brussels are very comfortable.

There are four types of high-speed trains to Brussels: the Thalys, which connects Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany; the Eurostar, which runs between Belgium, Great Britain and France; the TGV, which connects Belgium with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Germany; and the ICE, which will take you to Brussels from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

It’s best that you book your ticket at least 3 months in advance. The tickets of high-speed trains to Brussels are considerably cheaper then.

Travel to Brussels by bus

Taking the bus to Brussels will be cheaper than the plane or train, but it won’t be as fast. The Belgian National Railway Company offers bus rides to Brussels from several cities in Europe, like Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Turin and lots of places in France. There are also private bus operators going to Brussels, like Megabus.

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Brussels Like a Local: Private Beer Tour



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Travel to Brussels by car

Travelling by car is a nice way to travel. You can choose when you leave and the only departure delays are the ones caused by you or your travel mates. Travelers from England can pass the English Channel by a ferry between Dover and Dunkirk.

Belgium has lots of well-maintained streets and highways. However, traffic can be quite busy, especially in and around Brussel. Try to avoid travelling to Brussels in the morning! Driving in the city center is challenging as well. Once inside Brussels, it’s best to park your car in a long-term parking lot and then use other ways of transport.

Getting around in Brussels

As mentioned above, it’s quite challenging to drive a car in Belgium’s capital. The traffic often is quite busy, and it can be difficult to find a parking space. Therefore, it’s best to park your car in a long-term parking and then use other ways of transport. By foot, or by bike for instance. Like other big cities in Europe, Brussels has bike sharing stations. Europe’s capital also has a very extensive public transport network. Brussels is filled with buses, trams and metros. You won’t need several tickets for each type of vehicle. Just one ticket will do.

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Mark Elodie

Belgian Home Dinner with Local Foodies

The meal was a traditional Belgium dish that was delicious. We started with a starter of cheeses and sausage and then we had Boulets de Liège. The couple are so friendly and are really nice to chat to. We learned a lot about the culture and got involved with some of the cooking. I would recommend this to anyone, even families as we are a family of four, and the drinks and dishes were suited to everyone's liking.

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Lenney Christophe

Alternative Side & Origins of Brussels with a born local

Fantastic unique tour out of the busy tourist sites and hidden Brussels gem streets. Great superb tour guide Christophe with excellent explanations and history information. Highly recommended.

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Roos Reno

Alternative Brussels Tour

De tour met Reno brengt je langs alle hoogtepunten van Brussels. Door zijn enthousiasme leidt hij je gemakkelijk zijn stad door met boeiende verhalen. Ook past hij de tour aan aan jouw wensen.