Charleroi Airport is known officially as Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The airport is 45km south of Brussels but has excellent public transport connections with the Belgian capital. Buses to Brussels city centre take 45-60 minutes. This is a small airport with a limited amount of traffic. Getting through arrivals and departures is fast and hassle-free. The opening of a new terminal in 2008 has increased efficiency and passenger capacity. There are a couple of bars and restaurants plus a newsagent and duty free shop. Brussels South Charleroi is an important European hub airport for Ryanair, Wizz Air and Jetairfly.
Most flights from the UK have been operated by low-cost airline Ryanair. Routes have tended to come and go in recent years. Services from London Stansted and Liverpool have now been suspended. Ryanair currently offers regular flights from Manchester and Edinburgh. Low-cost airlines have been reluctant to start services from London and the south of England due to competition from Eurostar train services.
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Bus A connects the airport terminal with Charleroi railway station in 20 minutes. Onward connections to all stations in Belgium. Regular trains to Brussels. A combined bus/train ticket to Brussels costs about €10.
The Brussels City Shuttle bus service connects the airport with Brussels Midi railway station. Buses run approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets €13 single €22 return.
Shuttle bus services also connect Charleroi Airport with Antwerp, Arlon, Luxembourg, Thionville and Metz. 2012 saw the introduction of a direct shuttle bus service to Lille.
A taxi to Brussels costs approximately €85 and takes about 45 minutes.
The 2012 winter schedule sees direct flights with Ryanair:
Choice of UK departure points
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