How To Get To Brussels – Airports, Bus
& Rail Travel and
Using The Brussels Public Transport System
As you might expect from a city that’s dubbed “capital
of Europe”, Brussels enjoys strong transport links – not only within Belgium
and Europe but throughout the globe. Brussels has strong rail links with other
European countries (including Eurostar which even links to London) and the city
has an efficient internal public transport system that uses underground, trams
Getting To Brussels By Air
Brussels most prolific airport is “Brussels International
Airport” (located in Zaventem) and is 13km away from Brussels city centre. The
majority of airlines fly to this destination and as you would expect it has the
features and facilities you would expect from a major international airport.
From Brussels International, you can reach your ultimate destination by train,
taxi or bus.
Alternatively, Brussels second airport is Brussels
Charleroi, which is significantly further away from the city centre. The airport
is linked to Brussels midi train station.
Getting To Brussels By Bus
Brussels is well connected to various European destinations including the United
Kingdom by Bus. Most coaches terminate at Bruxelles Nord, after which the
traveller can take a train or taxi onto their final destination.
Getting To Brussels By Train
The Eurostar operates a full service to Bruxelles Midi, and
the Thalys Express also runs between Brussels and destinations including Paris,
Amsterdam and Cologne.
Getting Around Brussels – Trams, Trains, Buses &
It’s fairly easy and inexpensive to move about within
Brussels. A single ticket can be purchased for under 2 euros and can be
used anywhere on the STIB network (metros, trams and buses). The network is
quite comprehensive so it’s fairly easy to hop from one location of Brussels
Once you purchase a ticket, you’ll need to stamp it using one of
the machines located at the station, tram or bus. Don’t forget to stamp your
ticket – if you’re caught without a valid ticket there are hefty fines of up
to 55 Euros imposed.
There are various options for discounted tickets depending
on your length of stay – for around 30 Euros you can grab a “Brussels
Card” which allows unlimited public transport travel for three days as well as
free admission to various landmarks.
Public transport in Brussels is made up of a
comprehensive yet easy to navigate train system that’s well supported by a
further network of trams and buses.
Tramlines cross a cobblestoned Brussels square
The Tram network is a good way of navigating around the
city centre. Trams are quite frequent and not only meander through Brussels town
centre but also reach much of the deeper suburban areas. Pick up a free
map/timetable from the information point in Gare du Midi, Porte de Namur and
The STIB also operates a bus network throughout the city
and this operates at night-time (with less regularity).
Getting Around Brussels On Foot
For the active tourist, navigating through the city on foot
is a distinct possibility. Many of the interesting landmarks are located fairly
close together which makes walking a pleasurable way of seeing the town,
particularly in the warmer months. Be sure to grab a map before setting out.