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How to get to Brussels by plane, train and car. Info and distances

Brussels is a city capable of surprising with the majesty of the palaces of the Grand-Place, but, at the same time, also with the sinuosity of Victor Horta's Art Nouveau buildings, Henry Van de Velde and Paul Hankar.

What makes this place special? Brussels is the smell of hot chocolate Waffle on the street; the bubbles of his famous abbey beer; the restaurants in the "alleys" of the center, enjoying excellent seafood. A cosmopolitan city ... this, and not only, make Brussels a special, precious, and authentic place.



The city is served by 2 Airports: National, and Charleroi Sud.
National, is an international airport, as well as the main airport of Belgium and the 23º in Europe; It is located near the town of Zaventem and serves the city of Brussels, which is 11 kilometers away. It is well connected, with direct flights, with the main European and extra-European destinations.

To reach the city from the airport, you can take the STIB bus line which ends at the stop Luxembourg of the subway in the center of Brussels. From Monday to Friday is the 12 fast line (journey of about half an hour); Saturdays, Sundays and holidays is the 21 line that makes some intermediate stops more (journey of about 40 minutes). The ticket costs 4.50 € € to the machines, or 6.00 € on board the vehicle.

The second airport for distance from the center is Charleroi-Brussels South, which serves the town of the same name. It is located about 45 km away from the center of the Belgian capital, and is the second largest airport in Belgium.
Charleroi-Bruxelles Sud is the first base that the Irish company Ryanair has created in continental Europe.

There is a bus service with arrival in Brussels (Midi station), Lille and Bruges. With the city bus line A of the TEC company it is possible to reach the railway station of Charleroi, and from here, by train, you can reach various destinations.
The cost of a "bulk" ticket combined to use the bus from the airport to the station and then take the train to any Belgian location is around 12.00 €.



There are three major railway stations in Brussels: Brussel-Centraal (Central Station), Brussel-Zuid (South Station), and the Gare du Nord (North station).

Brussel Centraal is the reference station for national connections, and is mainly served by INTERCITY trains. Brussel-Zuid, recently renovated, is the main station for international connections as well as the busiest in all of Belgium. It is located in the municipality of Saint Gilles. Most of the trains abroad also stop at the Gare du Nord, and sometimes also at the Gare Centrale. High-speed connections to France are guaranteed, via the TGV to Lille, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg. The EUROCITY train connects the Belgian capital with London. The Thalys and ICE trains connect Amsterdam, Cologne, Dortmund and Frankfurt.


Brussels is served by a convenient and efficient road and motorway network. From Paris and Amsterdam it can be reached in not too high times, crossing the A2. The Dutch capital is about 200 kilometers, while, from the Ville Lumiére, the distance is just over 300km. Well distances from Berlin. In this case, you have to travel 770 kilometers to get to your destination. If you want to reach the Belgian city with your car from Italy, from Milan is 880 km and 10 h of travel; always taking as reference Milan, the cost of the trip is around € 130, of which 14 € of toll, 40 € of stamp and then fuel.

The main car rental companies they have offices in the center, at the train station and at the airport. The fares from the airport and the station are much more expensive as they are burdened with additional taxes.

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