Brussels travel guide

Welcome to Brussels, capital of Belgium, home of the European Union, NATO and hundreds more international organisations. The megapolis is a mosaïc of cultures and traditions with small-town charm and cosmopolitan attractions.


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Travel to Brussels:

Brussels Airport

Brussels -Zaventem Airport is Belgium’s largest airport and serves most international long distance flights.
The Brussels Airport Railway station is located underneath the airport. Minimum 4 trains every hour link to Brussels South Station

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Located 46km (29mi) South from Brussels, Charleroi’s airport is Belgium’s second international airport. The airport is a hub for low budget companies Ryanair and TUIfly.

The shuttle bus (Airport Express) connects the Charleroi Airport with the Charleroi Railway station. There’s a train connection running to Brussels South / Midi railway station every 30 minutes. The total train ride to Brussels takes about 47 minutes. You can buy a combiticket for the shuttlebus and train in the terminal.

For more information on finding and booking a flight to Brussels, visit the page: Flights to Belgium.

Brussels Railway Stations:

  • Brussels Nord station is close to the business districts and government institutions.
  • Brussels Central station is located close the market square and city centre.
  • Brussels South / Midi Station has an international terminal for TGVEurostar and Thalys trains
  • Brussels Shuman is close to the Berlaymont building, in the centre of the European District.

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Discover Brussels:

Brussels, heart of Belgian and European Culture has lots to offer. The grand market, statue of Manneke Pis and The Atomium are the most visited landmarks and almost as famous as Belgian chocolate. But there’s so much more to do in this true metropolitan city. Use the map below as your Brussels Travel Guide. You can save it on your smartphone for later.

Brussels Tourist Map:

Brussels Card

The Brussels card (available from 29€) gives you unlimited access to 41 museums in Brussels. You can also get a Brussels Card + STIB Public Transport starting from 37. These cards are sold at the Visit.Brussels desk at the town hall. Don’t want to wait in line? Buy an online voucher on on Tiqets.com to skip the line at the town hall desk or at many other attractions in Brussels.

Getting around in Brussels

Brussels Metro, Tram and Bus Network:

The public transport system in Brussels is operated by several companies. However you can buy a Jump Ticket at the trainstations and local ticket dispensers that’s accepted on all metro, busses and trams in the Brussels area.  A 24h ticket costs 7.5€. Single trip tickets cost 2.10€. More information: http://www.belgianrail.be/en/travel-tickets/passes-cards/jump.aspx

Taxi’s in Brussels:

Taxi’s in Brussels are most likely the most expensive in Europe. The Brussels taxi aren’t as distinctive as other taxi’s in the world. They are recognizable by the blue and yellow numberplates. Taxis from Brussels Airport to the centre of Brussels cost about 45€

Brussels tours, excursions and activities