A major European hub, Brussels International Airport (BRU) is perfectly situated for quick flights around Europe and Asia, and handles traffic from all over the globe. Located 6.9 miles (11km) northeast of Brussels in Zaventem, the airport was awarded Best Airport in Europe by the Airports Council International in 2005. While that was a few years ago, the level of service has been maintained, and the airy and spotlessly clean airport is a real pleasure to use. You should, however, keep your belongings close at hand, as pickpockets are becoming more common, especially in the public areas before security. Also note that staff shortages have seen the average luggage collection wait-time increase to over half an hour. As it is such a busy hub, queuing times can be significant - but canny travellers can book flights on airlines that make use of the Fast Lane at security, a measure that will decrease your overall transit-time appreciably. Although the shopping options at Brussels International are phenomenal, you're encouraged not to spend too much money on your way in: prices are much better in the city.
The airport is located eight miles (13km) northeast of the city centre.
Getting to the city
The train station is located on the lower level (1st Floor). There is a train shuttle service from the airport to the North, South and Central stations of Brussels. The shuttle runs every 15-20 minutes and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. It operates between 5.30am and 12.20am from the airport and costs €2.60. A bus station is below the Arrivals hall. The #12 bus on weekdays before 8pm and the #21 at all other times takes passengers to the European Quarter of the city and costs €3. There are also buses that serve Brussels Airport to Antwerp;. An airport bus link also operates between the Brussels railway lines and the airport (Tel. +32 70 22 02 00). There are licensed metered taxis available outside the Arrivals hall; the 30-minute journey to Brussels costs around €45 (Tel: +32 2 752 98 00).
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).
Tel: +32 (0)2 753 7753.
Major car hire companies are represented at the airport, including Avis, Budget and Hertz; their desks are in the Arrivals hall.
From Brussels International Airport metered taxis available outside the arrivals hall. The drive takes 30-minute journey to Brussels city centre and costs around US$45. Licensed Taxis are recommended and can be recognized by a blue and yellow sign.
Airport facilities include ATMs and bureau de change, a post office, duty-free shops, cafes/restaurants, a beauty shop, a Communications Centre with Internet access, religious services, train information and reservation, travel agency, and luggage lockers. There is also a mobile phone rental office and Wireless LAN hotspot service.
The Express Parking Lot is immediately across from the terminal building. The charge is €5 per hour, and you're limited to three hours. The short-term P1 and P2 Lots charge €4 and €3.50 per hour respectively. The Economy Lot is good for long-term parking (up to a week), costing €17 per day.
You can get flights to Brussels International Airport on dozens of major carriers, including Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Continental, Delta, easyJet, Egyptair, Etihad, Finnair, Jet Airways, Jet4you, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Qatar, Swiss Air, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
There is wi-fi internet access available throughout the airport, via rent2connect or any of these service providers: Boingo, Quiconnect, iPass, Telenet, T-Systems, Trustive or WeRoam. Free wi-fi is available at the attached Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel.
There are meeting room facilities for up to 600 delegates in the airport. Additional facilities are available in the attached Regus Skyport Meeting Centre Airport Hotel; and in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, which boasts dozens of meeting rooms and catering facilities.
Brussels International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.