Getting to Brussels by plane

Zaventem Airport

Brussels (Zaventem) airport is 15 km away from Brussels centre. The airport is directly connected to the centre of the city by trains and buses. The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1). You can find the timetable on the Belgian rail website. The bus station is located on level 0. The Airport Line (buses 12 and 21) connects Brussels Airport and the European quarter. Taxis are also available in front of the Zaventem arrivals hall; the taxi fare is approximately €45.

Daily international flights connect Brussels to worldwide destinations including North America and Asia.

Charleroi Airport

Charleroi airport (also called Brussels South Airport) is 46 km away from Brussels centre. From there you can take the Brussels City Shuttle (, which will take you to Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station. You can buy tickets online or from the ticket booth outside the airport. Taxis are also available in front of the Charleroi arrivals hall; the taxi fare is approximately €60.

Daily flights operate to/from several international destinations, mostly within the European Union.

Getting to Brussels by train

Brussels is one of the main European railway junctions. Many departing cities have trains going via Brussels to other major cities or directly to Brussels. There are three types of trains: domestic trains, intercity trains and high-speed trains all operated by several different companies.

We recommend the Belgian railways website (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges) for connection and timetable inquiries.

Getting to Brussels by car

Brussels is centrally located in Western Europe and it is served by seven motorways:

  • A10 – E40, from the Belgian coast, Ostend (Oostende) and Ghent (Gent)
  • A12, from Antwerp
  • A1 – E19, also from Antwerp and the Netherlands
  • A201, from Brussels National Airport (Zaventem)
  • A3 – E40, from Leuven and Liege
  • A4 – E411, from Namur and Luxembourg
  • A7 – E19, from Mons, Charleroi and France (Paris)

Please make note that since January 1st, 2018 the Brussels-Capital Region has become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). If you are entering the city in a car or van, check here to find out whether you are allowed to drive your vehicle within the LEZ.


See here.