Find out where you are from and how to approach the center
Brussels is one of the capitals of Europe and has several connections that will get you there.
Therefore, we recommend that you know the most suitable means of transport for you before you leave.
Here is a quick guide:
Airplane – from Brussels Airport to the city center
Brussels Airport or Zaventem is 14 km from the city. Airport City Express trains take 15 to 25 minutes, depending on which station you want to reach in the center (north, center or south). Tickets from € 8.50. Buses are a bit cheaper (4 €), but need at least 30 minutes.
Charleroi Airport is 55 km from the city and receives the cheapest flights. The easiest way to get there is to take a bus that departs directly from the airport and arrives at Brussels South Station in 55 minutes. The price for the bus is 14 €.
Train: from the South Station to the city center.
The South Station of Brussels (Midi) is the one with the most railway connections. International Eurostar, TGV and Thalys trains connect other European cities. An exception is the trains from Amsterdam, which usually stop at North Station (North).
North Station (North) is where most buses arrive. Eurolines has connections with London, Amsterdam, Paris and other destinations in Europe.
If you want to rent a car for your visit to Brussels, the airports or the Midi station are the best places.
Learn to explore the city by public transport
Brussels is not a big city, but public transport is more than affordable for you.
The system is integrated, ie there is only one ticket for buses, trams and subways.
The tickets are available for one hour and are sold at train stations, kiosks and kiosks.
The price per trip is € 2.10, the 5 trips cost € 8 and the 10 trips € 14.
There is an unlimited daily charge which costs € 6 and is very convenient if you expect to make more than 3 trips a day.
Transport is available from 06:00 to midnight, except on Fridays and Saturdays evenings when there is a night bus (3 €) until 3:00.
Additional data: In many stations there is no control, but you never have to get up without confirming the ticket before departure. If you find an invalid ticket, you must pay a penalty of 55 €.
Get maps and guides to organize your visit
To better organize our trips, we use guides and maps.
The advantage of Brussels is that there are several options to make your route easier:
The official website for tourism in Flanders offers several flyers for free download in PDF format.
The Brussels offices offer mini-cards on topics (visits with children, design, catering, green spaces, etc.) that cost € 1.
The Belgian association Use-It offers free online maps and impressions. These funny cards are created by locals and point to lesser-known places in the city. The main office is located in the galleries of Ravenstein.
Make a list of the information you need and analyze it if you need the Brussels map
If you want to spend a few days in the city and see many sights, consider the Brussels Card.
This pass gives you access to over 30 attractions and discounts for access to the Atomium and various shops in the city.
There are options of 24 (22 €), 48 (30 €) and 72 hours (38 €).
If you see it that way, it can seem like a lot. However, if you use it for different purposes, you will quickly get value for the costs incurred.
In our case, for example, we bought the card for 3 days. During this time we visited BELVUE (6 €), the Royal Museum of Arts and the Magritte Museum (13 €), the Instrument Museum (8 €), the Chocolate Museum (6 €), the Toy Museum. )), Beer (4 €), comics (10 €) and stickers (10 €).
If we pay each ticket for each attraction, this would cost a total of € 63.50. Instead, we paid 38 € and thus each saved € 25.50.