The modern and well-organised public transport system of Brussels consists of metro, tram and bus networks. The system is user-friendly with route diagrams and timetables posted at most stops, and there are free maps available from the tourist office. Trams provide an ideal way to get around and are faster than buses, especially when they travel underground in the city centre to become the premetro. Both tram and bus stops are by request only. There is a separate system of local trains linking the inner city to the outskirts, although they are of minimal use to tourists, except for getting to and from the airport. Tickets are valid for any form of public transport except local trains, and once validated can be used for multiple transfers within an hour. Taxis can be hailed from any of the taxi stands around the city; they are metered and expensive, and taxes and tips are included in the price. Ride-hailing apps include Bolt and Uber. The city is relatively easy to negotiate by car, though renting a vehicle is generally unnecessary.
The airport is located eight miles (12km) northeast of the city centre.
Brussels International (BRU)
LocationThe airport is located eight miles (12km) northeast of the city centre.
Getting to the city
The train station is located on the basement level that connects to Brussels and other major national and international destinations. A bus station is below the arrivals hall, and there are several lines that connect to different places in the city. There are also buses that serve Brussels Airport to Antwerp. An airport bus link also operates between the Brussels railway lines and the airport. There are licensed, metered taxis available outside the Arrivals hall.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 from April to October).
Major car hire companies are represented at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Sixt, Europecar, Enterprise, and Hertz; their desks are in the arrivals hall.
From Brussels International Airport metered taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall. Licensed Taxis are recommended and can be recognised by a blue and yellow sign.
Airport facilities include ATMs and bureaux de change, duty-free shops, cafes and restaurants, a beauty shop, religious services, train information and reservation, car rental offices, a travel agency, and luggage lockers.
The airport has a variety of parking options.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is 43 miles (69km) from the city.
Charleroi Airport (CRL)
LocationBrussels South Charleroi Airport is 43 miles (69km) from the city.
Getting to the city
There is access to Brussels from Charleroi Brussels South airport by car, train, taxi, or shuttle coach. The highway network connects the airport to northern France and the Netherlands.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).
Rental companies include Avis, Europcar, Sixt, and Hertz.
Taxis are always available outside the passenger terminal and may offer a fixed price to certain destinations. The city is about an hour drive from the airport.
Facilities include shops, bars and restaurants, free WiFi throughout the terminal, and a VIP lounge. ATMs are located in both terminals.
There are a few parking options at Charleroi Airport, encompassing express, locked, long-term, and short-term arrangements.