Brussels is the capital of Belgium, Flanders and Europe. Medieval Grand-Place, is indeed grand, with many 17th-century buildings and daily flower markets. Reopened in 2006, the Atomium, Brussels' Eiffel Tower, provides great views, inside and out. Architecture fans should visit Musee Horta, home of Belgian master architect Victor Horta. St. Gery's clubs and bars are packed year-round. Seafood eateries abound in Ste. Catherine. Walk, rather than get snarled up in traffic, in the narrow streets.

Getting to Brussels

By plane

As a European and international capital, Brussels is easy to get to by plane. The main airport is around 20km from the city centre. The rapid expansion of low-cost airlines has also led to the development of a second airport in Charleroi, about 50km from Brussels.

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport is located in Zaventem, on the northern outskirts of Brussels. There is a direct train service into Brussels Central station, which takes no more than 20 minutes at the most. The capital can also be reached by taxi or by bus (STIB lines 12 and 21).

More than 140 airlines operate out of Brussels. For more information on flights visit :

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

There is a second airport in Charleroi. Passenger numbers at Brussels South Charleroi Airport have grown rapidly in recent years along with the development of low-cost airlines. A coach shuttle covers the 46 kilometres to Brussels (departure from Brussels Midi station) more than 20 times a day. Brussels South Charleroi Airport now offers flights to over 20 destinations, most of them in the European Union, although Morocco and eastern Europe are also served. For information visit

By train

Brussels is very well served by the railway network, at both domestic and international level. Whether you’re coming from London, Paris, Amsterdam or elsewhere in Belgium, all rail lines lead to Brussels... The four main stations are connected to all major destinations in Belgium, as well as the country’s airports and the major European cities:

  • Brussels Nord station, which is primarily oriented to commuters, is close to the business district and public services
  • Not far from Grand-Place, Brussels Central Station is the ideal option for visits to the city centre
  • The international rail services Thalys, Eurostar and TGV stop at Brussels Midi station
  • Brussels Schuman is located opposite the EU Commission’s home Berlaymont in the heart of the European district

Public transport

The Brussels public transport network is managed by four different companies:

  • STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles) is responsible for the tram, bus and metro network in Brussels.
  • SNCB (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges) runs train services between Brussels stations over its rail network.
  • De Lijn (the public transport operator in Flanders) runs bus services between Brussels and neighbouring towns and municipalities in Flanders, with numerous stops throughout Brussels.
  • And TEC (public transport operator in Wallonia) runs bus services between Brussels and neighbouring destinations in Wallonia.

Visit the individual websites for timetables and information on prices and facilities. In the interests of users, on all of these sites you can search for the best route at the best price taking account of the services of all operators.