Traveling from the UK to Belgium is fast and easy. There are several means of transport offering quick and affordable connections between the UK and Belgium. In this guide I will try to give you an overview of all different travel methods and help you find out which one fits with your travel style and budget.
- Travel From England to Belgium
- Travel from Ireland to Belgium
- Travel from Scotland to Belgium
Travel from England to Belgium
When traveling from England to Belgium you have several options to cross the channel. The Eurostar High speed train line is a huge competitor for cheap airline companies such as Ryanair. So make sure to check both options to find the best deal. The best way to find the lowest fare on your airplane tickets is to use www.skyscanner.net
If you decide to travel by car, caravan or motorhome, you can either take a ferry or the Eurotunnel.
Flights between England and Belgium
Flights from London to Belgium
- Brussels Airlines offers flights from London Heatrow to Brussels Zaventem
- British Airways offers flights from London Heatrow to Brussels Zaventem
- Suisse offers flights from London Heatrow to Brussels Zaventem
- Lufthansa offers flights from London Heatrow to Brussels Zaventem
- Cityjet offers flights from London City Airport to Antwerp International Airport.
Flights from Manchester to Belgium:
- Ryanair offers flights from Manchester to Brussels Charleroi Airport
- British Airways offers flights from Manchester to Brussels Zaventem Airport
- Brussels Airlines offers flights from Manchester to Brussels Zaventem Airport
The Eurostar High Speed Train
The Eurostar train connects London and Brussels through the channel tunnel with maximum speeds up to 300 km’s/hour. With a Eurostar ticket you can travel from London to any Belgian trainstation.
Watch out for special weekend deals and make sure to book your ticket a few weeks in advance to get to lowest fare.
For tickets & more info check www.eurostar.com
Ferries from England to Belgium
The Hull-Zeebrugge ferry line is currently the only direct ferry line connection England and Belgium. Prices start from 149£. Alternatively you can take one of the ferry lines leading to France or The Netherlands and continue your way from there.
Ferries from Hull:
- P&O Ferries runs a direct ferry line to Belgium between Hull and Zeebrugge
Ferries from Dover:
- DFDS operates a ferry line between Dover and Duinkerkque (France)
- P&O Ferries and DFDS both operate ferry lines between Dover and Calais (France).
Ferries from Newcastle:
- DFDS runs a ferry line between Newcastle Upon Tine and Ijmuiden, Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Travel from Ireland to Belgium
Flights from Ireland to Belgium are quite affordable. Ryanair offers cheap flights starting from around 17£ for a single ticket. You can find the best deals on skyscanner.net If you’re looking for the cheapest way to travel to Belgium from Ireland, then make sure to check the prices of flights to Schiphol (Netherlands) as well. Sometimes it can be cheaper to book a flight to Schiphol and take the Thalys High Speed train or a regular IC Train to Belgium.
Flights from Dublin Airport to Belgium:
- Ryanair offers direct flights to Brussels Zaventem Airport and Brussels Charleroi Airport
- Cityjet offers direct flights to Antwerp International airport.
- Aer Lingus offers direct flights to Brussels Zaventem Airport
Travel from Scotland to Belgium:
If you’re traveling from Scotland to Belgium you can take a direct flight to Belgium.
Flights from Edinburgh to Belgium:
- Brussels Airlines offers flights to Brussels Zaventem Airport
Flights from Glasgow to Belgium:
- Ryanair offers direct flights to Brussels Charleroi Airport
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions:
In general it will be cheaper to book a flight using skyscanner.net to find the best deal. However if you book your ticket a few weeks upfront and watch out for special weekend deals, the Eurostar might be cheaper.
Flying from London to Brussels takes about 1 hour, whilst the Eurostar train takes 2 hours to reach it’s destination. However, because of the boarding times you will need at least 30 minutes at each airport if everything runs perfectly as planned. So in general it will be faster and easier to take the Eurostar if you need to travel fast between the London and Brussels.
When traveling from the South of England it’s cheaper and faster to use the Channel Tunnel for a crossing and drive from Calais to Belgium. When traveling from up north it’s generally better to take the ferry from Hull.