Brussels International is the gateway to a charming and much-underrated city break destination. The centre of historic Brussels is a short 11km transfer from Brussels Airport. The airport is also of huge importance to the business community and political institutions like NATO and the European Union. This smart modern airport has an excellent reputation. You will find all the shops, bars and restaurants you would expect from a major European airport.
Direct flights largely cater for the business community and prices are often accordingly high. Low-cost services from the UK have tended to come and go in recent years. Low-cost airlines have been reluctant to start services from London and the south of England due to competition from Eurostar train services. The cheapest fares in recent years have been with airlines like Flybe, bmi regional and Brussels Airlines. Note that Ryanair routes to Brussels fly to Brussels South Charleroi Airport, 45km south of Brussels.
Tel: 32 (0) 27537753
Train: A direct shuttle service departs from the lower level of the airport. Up to 4 trains an hour run to the principal stations of Brussels Central, Brussels North and Brussels South. Journey time is 20 minutes. Tickets cost approximately €7. There are direct trains to cities throughout Belgium, including Gent.
Bus: Airport buses connect the airport with the city centre Brussels, transport hubs like the Brussels North railway station, and key business and political institutions like Brussels Expo, NATO and the EU. Tickets cost €3-€8. Hourly buses to Antwerp.
Taxi: Metered taxis are found outside arrivals. The fare to central Brussels is about €45-50
Routes and airlines tend to change from year to year. The cheapest airlines in recent years have been bmi Regional and Brussels Airlines. Flights are sometimes available with EasyJet and Germanwings. Reliable scheduled flights can be found with British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss Air.
Choice of UK departure points includes:
- London City
- East Midlands