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Getting in to Brussels

By plane

Brussels' main airport is Zaventem, IATA code BRU. From the airport, a train ( 2.60) runs every 15 mins to Brussels city centre, the journey taking 25 minutes. There is also a bus line number 12 and 11 ( 3) every 20 to 30 minutes via Rondpoint Schumann to the Place de Luxembourg(European Parliament) district, from where the same ticket is valid for another 30 minutes on the metro or busses into the centre. A taxi to the centre costs around 20 (as of 2004) when booked in advance, otherwise around 30. Taxis bleus: 02 268 0000, Taxi Brussels: 02 411 4142, Taxis verts: 02 349 4343. If you've just arrived at the airport's train station, first check the time of the next train then go up one level and check whether a bus 11 or 12 is about to depart and take whichever is quicker depending on your final destination.

There are several budget airlines flying to Brussels Charleroi airport, IATA code CRL, which lies one hour away from Brussels city centre by coach ( 10.50), or by bus to Charleroi station and then by train. You can also get a taxi from the airport to the city centre, but this will cost approximately 90 and is a fixed price.

Since 2006 cash withdrawal is not a problem in Charleroi Airport. An ATM was installed in the main hall, next to the car hire counters.

Antwerp airport, IATA code ANR, also has a good train connection to Brussels.

By train

Brussels has two main train stations: Bruxelles Midi-Brussel Zuid, to the south of the city core, and Bruxelles Central-Brussel Centraal, which is right next to the city centre. Unfortunately, high-speed trains stop only at Midi/Zuid, so you need to take the Metro (or an ordinary train) a few stops north to get to Grand Place.

  • The high speed Thalys train connects Brussels with Cologne (2h45), Paris (1h20) and Amsterdam (3h00). There are numerous rebates for in advance, to over 150 single on the day.

  • There is also an hourly eurocity from Brussels midi/central/north to Amsterdam (via Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol airport). A dayreturn from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2:50 hours. You don't need a reservation. A weekend return ticket costs 41.40.

  • The Eurostar train line links Midi/Zuid with Lille Europe (39m from 22), Ashford (1h38m from 40) and London Waterloo (2h27m from 40).

  • Eurostar bookings and queries at tel.: 02 528 28 28.

  • German ICE connects once a day to Frankfurt (93 one way).

Travellers can also arrive to or depart from Brussels Noord, which is a 15-minute walk from Grand Place. Train tickets are available to Amsterdam as well as other destinations. The location is by Place Rogier and includes 3 hotel complexes (the Sheraton, Hilton & Crown Plaza).

By bus

Eurolines (Tel: 02 274.13.50 Fax. 02 201.11.40, Tel UK +44 (0)15.82.40.45.11) offers bus travel from many countries to Brussels, for example 8 hours from London Victoria station at 39. In Brussels, they stop outside the Gare du Nord-Noordstation and Gare du Midi-Zuidstation train stations.

Gulliver's (Tel: +49 30 311 0 211) offers bus travel from Germany to many countries, for example 11 hours from Hamburg at 19 in advance, 46 normal price.

 


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