How to get to Brussels

Brussels is well suited to both casual and business travellers, with excellent connections by air, rail and road.The increasing political significance of Brussels in its role as the heart of Europe has led to greater competitions between airlines, many of them offering discounted fares. The Eurostar and Thalys high-speed trains link Brussels with Paris, Amsterdam, London and Cologne. British travellers can use the Channel Tunnel or a range of cross-channel ferry services if they want to bring their car with them. 

ARRIVING BY AIR 

There are two airports in Brussels 

BRUSSELS NATIONAL AIRPORT (ZAVENTEM) 

Zaventem Airport or Brussels National Airport is located in the Flemish commune of Zaventem, 12 km north-east of Brussels. It is the main airport of the country and where the world's major airlines operate. 

CHARLEROI AIRPORT 

Brussels South Airport, also known as Charleroi airport is 46 km south of Brussels. It is mainly used by the low-cost carrier Ryanair. 

ARRIVING BY RAIL 

Brussels is at the heart of Europe’s high-speed train networks, connected to London by the Eurostar service and to Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne by the Thalys network. All these international trains arrive at Gare du Midi in Brussels, which is served by metro, buses and trams. 

ARRIVING BY CAR 

Le Shuttle, operated by Eurotunnel, takes vehicles from the Channel Tunnel entrance near Folkestone direct to Calais, in about 35 minutes. From there, you can reach Brussels in about 2 hours. It is highly recommended that you book tickets in advance. 

ARRIVING BY COACH 

Eurolines, a group of coach companies, operates daily bus services from most European capitals and many other cities to Brussels Gare du Nord. Prices are extremely competitive compared to other forms of travel to Brussels, though journey times are much higher.