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Welcome to Brussels

A city that endlessly surprises and captivates, touches and moves you

This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans has been waiting to share its treasures with you: its Gothic monuments, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.

The region's stormy history is no doubt the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness: Brussels adapts to its visitors, so everyone feels at home here, whatever the season, whatever your age, whatever your interests.
People like Brussels for its broad thoroughfares and little side streets; getting lost in them is a real pleasure because the different city districts are full of surprises. Be guided by the hand, by your eyes and by your heart.

There's just something about Belgium. Maybe it's the friendly & welcoming people who with three official languages still find it easy to converse in English, the 4th unofficial language. Maybe it's the stunning architecture decorating the quaint cobblestone squares. Or perhaps it's the incredible cuisine found in the vast array of restaurants where each meal seems better than the last. Energetic and carefree, the overall mood in Belgium is infectious, summoning in all of us to live as Belgians and enjoy life to the fullest.

Well situated between France and Holland, Belgium encompasses all the best that Europe has to offer in an area no bigger than 30.528 sq km. Within the span of one day you can take a romantic cruise, hunt for diamonds, enjoy waffles, get lost in a castle, discover antiques at an outdoor market, and explore a fine art museum. A dense train network throughout the country and makes navigation simple and comfortable for travellers.

Often called the "Essence of Europe", Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual. Flanders in the north, a flatland criss-crossed by canals, is proud of its medieval art cities, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. To the south in Wallonia, you will find the rolling hills of the Ardennes, countless castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur and Tournai. The city of Brussels is one of the world's great cosmopolitan capitals, home to both the European Union and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and finance companies.


How to reach Brussels

1. When arriving at the Brussels International Airport, you have the following choices to travel to the city centre.

By taxi :
Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall. The fare between the airport and the centre is around 40 €.

By train :
By train, Brussels Airport is less than twenty minutes from the North station.
From 06:00 am till nearly midnight, the Airport City Express links the airport with Brussels Midi, Central and North four times an hour. The train station is located in the basement (level-1) of the terminal building itself. The Grand Place is less than 10 minutes from the train station Brussels Central.

2. When arriving at the Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

You can easily connect to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from any Belgian station.
If you select "Charleroi South Airport" as the departure or destination station, you will receive a combined Train + Bus ticket.
With this ticket you can travel to Charleroi-South station by train, and then take one of the many buses on Line A, which provides a direct link between the station and the airport terminal and takes just a few minutes.
The ticket price includes the train and the bus transfer. A quick, efficient and great value way to get your journey off to a flying start.
Plan and buy your future journey by clicking here.

3. When arriving at the Brussels Midi Station (Eurostar, Thalys , ICE and TGV trains), you have the following choices to travel to the city centre.

By taxi :
Taxis are available outside the main station hall Exit Place Horta. The fare between the station and the city centre is around 15 €.
By tram :
By tram, Midi Station is around 10 minutes from the city centre (Bourse stop).
From 06:00 am till midnight, trams 3 and 4 link the Midi station every 5 minutes during day time and every 10 minutes as of 7pm. The tram station is located in the basement (level-1) of the main station hall. Take trams 3 or 4 direction North station/Esplanade until Bourse (3rd stop).

Getting around

Public Transport and Bike Rental

Public transport
Most public transport in the Brussels-Capital Region is organized by the STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux Bruxellois). The network includes metro lines, which connect the eastern and western districts of the city. Pre-metro lines (trams in tunnels) complete the metro service. A great many metro lines also have above ground bus and tram connections.
Timetables: 06:00 until midnight. Consult the timetables shown at the stops.

Buying your ticket:

  • in the various metro stations and at the STIB information offices
  • at many newsagents
  • at Brussels International - Tourism, Town Hall, Grand-Place | 1000 (1-day cards only) and BIP - rue Royale 2-4 | Brussels 1000

Fares available:

  • single ticket JUMP
  • return trip
  • card for 5 journeys JUMP
  • card for 10 journeys JUMP
  • 1-day card JUMP
  • airport line one way ticket

Plan your future journey by clicking here.

Rent a bike
Villo! is very useful for riding short distances in Brussels, in an ecological way. Villo! counts about 360 stations distributed in 19 Brussels municipalities, that's about 5000 bikes at your disposal 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

You can buy a short term ticket (1 or 7 days) with your bank card at one of the Villo! terminals that are equipped with a card reader. Follow the instructions on the screen and slide your bank or credit card in the reader. You have to have a sufficient balance in your account (>150€) to be able to hire a bicycle. If the user fails to comply with the General Conditions of Access and Use of the Villo! service, the amount of the bond can be charged to your account partially or in full.
More info by clicking here.