A secondary airport for Belgium's capital city, Brussels Charleroi Airport (CRL) is a small hub mostly served by low-cost carriers providing connections to popular holiday destinations on the Iberian Peninsula and in Eastern Europe. There are limited connections to destinations in France and North Africa as well. While flights to Brussels Charleroi Airport may be a few euros cheaper, complaints of unreliable public parking and transport, limited shopping and dining facilities, and uninterested service chase many passengers to the larger Brussels International Airport in Zaventem. Because Charleroi Airport is situated 29 miles (46km) out of town, you'll want to arrange your transport into Brussels in advance, as taxi rides can get very pricy very quickly. While it doesn't come recommended as a layover airport, Brussels Charleroi is a popular option for budget travellers on their way to a holiday on the sunny Costa del Sol.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is 28.5 miles (46km) from the city.
Getting to the city
There is access to Brussels from Charleroi Brussels South airport by car, train or shuttle coach. The highway network connects the airport to northern France and the Netherlands.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).
Contacts+32 71 251 211
Car rentalRental companies include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport TaxisTaxis are always available outside the passenger terminal and may offer a fixed price to certain destinations. The pick-up charge is €2.40 during the day and €4.20 at night. After this, it is between €1.20 and €2.40 per kilometre. The city is about a half hour drive from the airport.
FacilitiesThere is a tourist help desk in the arrivals terminal. Other facilities include shops, bars and restaurants, first aid and baby/parent rooms, travel agent and Internet stands, a VIP lounge and a well equipped business centre. There is a bank, a bureaux de change and several ATMs. Facilities for the disabled are also good.
There are four parking options at Charleroi Airport: Express, Locked, Long-term, and Regular. Express parking is located closest to the terminal, and charges €2 for 30 minutes, €4 for an hour, and €8 for two hours. The Regular lot offers half an hour for free, and then €3 per hour up to a daily limit of €18. Long-term rates are €3 for the first hour, and €2.50 per hour after that to a daily maximum of €15.
Charleroi is a small airport catering mostly to budget carriers. You'll find flights to Brussels Charleroi Airport on Jet4you, Freebird Airlines, On Air, Ryanair and Wizz Air, to a number of popular holiday destinations in Spain and Eastern Europe.
Wi-fi is available throughout the terminal building. You can buy vouchers from Kitty Bar, Meli Melo and Café Liégeois in denominations ranging from €5 to €20.
There are no business or conference facilities available at Charleroi Airport.
Charleroi Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.