About Brussels

Find general information about Brussels and travelling to and in Brussels.

Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections. More than 60 million Europeans live within 300km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. For those who fly in, it takes only 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre. And when you have arrived, it’s easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot.

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1. Getting to Brussels

Travel by Air

Brussels Airport is located just 12 kilometres northeast of the city centre. It uses only one terminal consisting of several levels where both domestic and international flights are handled. Arrivals are located at level 2 whereas departures are at level 3.

At Brussels Airport there is a train station below the terminal connecting you directly to the Central Station in 30 minutes. At the Central Station one can find Metro lines 1 and 6, as well as major tram and bus lines.

A second, smaller airport is located in the town of Charleroi, 46 km from Brussels. At the Charleroi Airport mainly low-cost airlines operate and flights are mostly bound to European destinations.

You can find more information about the Brussels Airport at brusselsairport.be, and about the Charleroi Airport at charleroi-airport.com.

 

Travel by Train

There are five main stations serving the Brussels-Capital Region, all interlinked. For all information concerning passenger transport in Belgium and abroad, T (0)2 528 28 28

Main Stations:

  • Central Station ­‑ Gare Centrale, Carrefour de l’Europe 2 – 1000 Brussels
  • South Station, rue de France 2 – 1070 Brussels
    For London: Eurostar
    For Paris: Thalys
    For France: TGV
  • North Station, rue du Progrès 85 – 1210 Brussels
    For Amsterdam
  • Luxembourg Station, place du Luxembourg – 1040 Brussels For Luxembourg
  • Schuman Station, Rond-point Schuman – 1040 Brussels
    Serves European institutions.

 

National traffic: 7 a.m. – 9.15 p.m.
International traffic and reservations, Eurostar, TGV, Thalys (Info: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; WE: 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.)

 

For more information, visit the website of the Belgian railroad SNCB/NMBS at belgianrail.be.

 

Entry Requirements and Visas

EU citizen must either present a passport or a valid ID card for the duration of their stay in order to enter Belgium for tourist visits of up to three months.

Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport and/or visa.

You can find more information Entry and Visa Requirements on the Belgium Foreign Affairs website at diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services.

2. About Brussels & Information

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and lies in the Brussels-Capital Region, located between the major regions of Flanders and Wallonia.

With over 180 nationalities and its historical significance throughout the centuries, Brussels has always been and still remains today a pillar for international politics and multiculturalism. Today the City of Brussels is considered the administrative capital of Europe as it is home to the EU Parliament, EU Commission and NATO.

Language
The two official languages in Brussels are Dutch and French, however English is very widely spoken and most public signs are in English.

Time Zone
Belgium follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Weather
Temperatures are relatively mild during the whole year. The average temperature in June is between 13-18 °C. Medium weight clothing is recommended plus rainwear.

Electricity
Like most other European countries, Belgium has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.

3. Getting around in Brussels

Low Emission Zone Brussels

Please note, when entering the low emission zone (LEZ) without having your car registered you will be fined 350 Euros. The regulation affects cars, vans ≤ 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches, whether registered in Belgium or abroad.

All vehicles in categories M1, M2 or M3 or N1 are affected (excluding N1 vehicles with bodywork code BC, to which the kilometre charge applies).

Further information can be found here: https://lez.brussels/en

 

Metro and Bus
Most public transport in the Brussels-Capital Region is organized by the STIB/SNCB.

The network includes metro lines, which connect the eastern and western districts of the city. Pre-metro lines (trams in the tunnels) complete the metro service. A great many metro lines also have above ground bus and tram connections.

Timetables: 6 a.m. – midnight – consult the timetables shown at the stops.

Buying your ticket:

In the various metro stations and at the STIB information offices at many newsagents

Fares:

single ticket JUMP: 2,10€ (purchased outside vehicle) / 2,50 € (purchased inside vehicle)

  • 1 ticket STIB/SNCB : 4,20€
  • card for 5 journeys JUMP : 8,00€ (+ MOBIB basic = 5€)
  • card for 10 journeys JUMP: 14,00 € (+ MOBIB basic = 5€)
  • 1-day card JUMP : 7,50€
  • airport line – bus 12/21 – one way ticket: 4,50 € (1 journey purchased outside vehicle) / 6,00 € (1 journey purchased inside vehicle)
  • airport line – bus 12/21 – 10 days: 32,00€
  • airport line – train : one way ticket 8,60€ –  return ticket 17,20€

 

The “1-day card” may be used on STIB vehicles as much as you like and when you wish during the same day.

 

Trains
There are five main stations serving the Brussels-Capital Region, all interlinked. For all information concerning passenger transport in Belgium and abroad, T (0)2 528 28 28

Main Stations:

  • Central Station ­‑ Gare Centrale, Carrefour de l’Europe 2 – 1000 Brussels
  • South Station, rue de France 2 – 1070 Brussels
    For London: Eurostar
    For Paris: Thalys
    For France: TGV
  • North Station, rue du Progrès 85 – 1210 Brussels
    For Amsterdam
  • Luxembourg Station, place du Luxembourg – 1040 Brussels For Luxembourg
  • Schuman Station, Rond-point Schuman – 1040 Brussels
    Serves European institutions.

 

Costs for a single journey are €8.70 for an adult standard ticket. Tickets and timetables are found at belgianrail.be.

Car Rental
You can find many well-known international car rental companies in Brussels. Rental cars can be found in the arrivals gate both at Brussels Airport and at the desks at Charleroi.

For more information, get in touch with the Brussels tourist agency.

Contacts:

visit.brussels – BIP
rue Royale 2, 1000 Brussels
Tel. + 32 (0)2 513 89 40
e-mail : tourist@visit.brussels
www.visit.brussels

Open : From Monday till Friday: 9 am to 6 pm |

During the weekends and public holidays: 10 am to 6 pm | 24/12 and 31/12 : 9 am to 3 pm Closed : 25/12 and 1/1