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Airports in Belgium

Brussels International Airport (BRU)

Overview

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.

Location

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).

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Contacts

Tel: +32 (0)2 753 7753.

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Antwerpen International Airport (ANR)

Location

The airport is located one mile (2km) east of Antwerp.

Getting to the city

Bus 14 leaves for Antwerp Central Station regularly. Taxis are available outside arrivals.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Contacts

Tel: +32 (0)3 285 6500.

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Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)

Overview

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.

Location

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.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Contacts

+32 71 251 211

see full airport guide


Brussels International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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