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.
- Entry Requirements (passport / visa)
- Travel from England to Belgium
- Travel from Ireland to Belgium
- Travel from Scotland to Belgium
- Frequently Asked Questions
Entry Requirements (passport / visa)
Belgium is part of the Schengen-area, so you must follow the Schengen-area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You can travel the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. To stay longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Belgian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Belgian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit, you may need.
Make sure to get your passport stamped on entry and departure of the Schengen-zone. Border guards will use these stamps to check if you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
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. Make sure to check both options to find the best deal.
Flights between England and Belgium
Several airlines offer flights from England to Belgium. From my experience, the best way to compare rates and find the lowest fare is by using www.skyscanner.net
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
Travel from England to Belgium by car, motorcycle or motorhome:
If you decide to travel by car, motorbike or motorhome, you can choose to take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone, or take a ferry to France from Dover, Hull or Newcastle. Currently there’s no direct passenger ferry line connection between England and Belgium.
Ferries from England to Belgium
Ferries from Dover:
- DFDS ferry line between Dover and Dunkirk
- DFDS ferry line between Dover and Calais
- P&O ferry lines between Dover and Calais
Ferries from Hull:
The car travel from ferry port Rotterdam to Antwerp generally takes about 1h30 depending on traffic.
Ferries from Newcastle:
- DFDS runs a ferry line between Newcastle Upon Tine and Ijmuiden, Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
The car travel from ferry port Ijmuiden to Antwerp generally takes about 2h10 depending on traffic.
Travel from Ireland to Belgium
Flights From Ireland to Belgium
Flights from Ireland to Belgium are quite affordable. If you plan your visit a few months ahead you can get cheap tickets starting from 12£ at Ryanair. You can find the best deals on skyscanner.net.
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
Ferry Crossings from Ireland to Belgium
When traveling with your own motorized vehicle from Ireland to Belgium, you can go 2 ways around.
Driving Through England:
- P&O runs a ferry line between Dublin and Liverpool
- Irish Ferries runs a ferry line between Rosslare and Pembroke
In Folkestone (UK) you can take the channel tunnel crossing to Calais (FR). Ticket prices for the channel tunnel crossing start at 30£ per car.
Take a ferry from Ireland to France:
If you don’t want to drive through England, you can also take a ferry from Ireland to France and continue your journey from there.
- Irish Ferries operates a ferry line between Dublin and Cherbourg.
- StenaLine runs a ferry line between Rosslare and Cherbourg.
Travel from Scotland to Belgium
If you’re traveling from Scotland to Belgium you can take a direct flight to Belgium. Ryanair offers cheap flights between Ireland and Belgium, starting from 13£.
Flights from Scotland to Belgium
Flights from Edinburgh to Belgium:
- Ryanair offers flights to Brussels Charleroi Airport from 17£ if you book early.
Brussels Airlines offers flights to Brussels Zaventem Airport
Flights from Glasgow to Belgium
- Ryanair offers direct flights from Glasgow to Brussels Zaventem AND Brussels Charleroi Airport. Prices start at 13£
Ferry Crossings from Scotland to Belgium
Currently there are no ferry crossings between Scotland and Belgium, nor to any of our neighboring nations like France or The Netherlands. When traveling from Scotland to Belgium with your own car, motorcycle or motorhome you can either take an overnight ferry from Newcastle or Hull to The Netherlands, or drive all the way up to Dover and take the channel tunnel to France.
- DFDS operates an overnight ferry line between Newcastle and Ijmuiden (The Netherlands)
- P&O runs a ferry line between Hull and Rotterdam (The Netherlands
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.