Travel to Brussels: Cheap buses, trains and flights

About Brussels

While many people see the Belgian capital as a hub for diplomats and business professionals, Brussels has recently become of the most chic cities in Europe. Brussels' cobbled alleys are lined with elegant restaurants, stylish boutiques and numerous beer bars that are often hundreds of years old. Travelers in Belgium can also walk through the streets and discover the architectural diversity of Brussels including famous examples of modern, Art Déco, Art Nouveau style.

Quick Guide to Brussels

  • Must Know: Brussels is both the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of the European Union
  • Must See: The famous Manneken Pis, or "Little man Pee" in Dutch is a famous statue located in the city center
  • Must Do: Try some of Belgium's world-famous Moules Frites (mussels and french fries) while in Brussels
Brussels

Demographics

Local Time 05:13
Euro
Population 1,000,000
Region Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Languages Dutch, French

How expensive is Brussels?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Brussels costs 2% more than in the rest of the country.

Shopping

Prices in Brussels are on average 4.2% higher than in the other cities in Belgium.

Public Transport

Public transport in Brussels costs around 0% more than national average.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Brussels is about 48.9% less expensive on average than in the rest of Belgium.

How to Get to Brussels

Brussels Airport is the principal airport in Belgium and offers most of its flights to European and International destinations including North America and North Africa. The Airport has its own train station, and national trains from the Brussels city center call at this station regularly. By bus, the De Lijn company offers services to the Airport from Brussels-North railway station and Roodebeek metro station. STIB also provides buses to the airport from the European District. There are plenty of taxis available at the airport as well as in the city, and a journey from the city center to the airports costs around €45.

Brussels South Charleroi is the second largest airport in the country. The Brussels City Shuttle offers regular and low cost bus journeys from the Brussels-South railway station to the airport.

Brussels-South, also known as Brussels-Midi station, Gare du Midi or Zuidstation, is located in the south of the city. Good connections can be found from here to European destinations as well as other cities in Belgium. Major rail providers and trains serving this station include Thalys, TGV, Eurocity, Eurostar, ICE, and Intercity. The train station is linked by the metro lines 2 and 6. The closest tramway and bus stop is "Gare du Midi" on tram lines 31 and 81, and bus line 78. Buses 116, 117, 118, 141, 142, 170 and 171 also service the train station by stopping at the "Brussel Zuid".

Brussels-North is one of the three biggest stations in the capital. It welcomes trains from all over Europe and is well connected to the Brussels Public transports network. The main rail provider for the station is SNCB. The station is part of the "Centre des Communications Nord" or North Communications Center which links it to: tramways 3, 4, 25,31,32, and 55, buses 14, 15, 57, 58 and 61, Eurolines and De Lijn bus terminals, and a taxi station.

This major bus station is located at the Brussels-North Railway Station, and provides numerous connections for local buses as well as long distance national and international coach services. The station is connected to the local transport network via trams 3, 4, 25,31,32, and 55. Local city buses 14, 15, 57, 58 and 61 will also stop here.


Getting Around Brussels

The public transport system in Brussels is provided by the STIB. Since the public transport system is well developed and driving in the city can be challenging, it is very common and practical to use the STIB network. Public transport in Brussels is open from 05:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. during the week, and until 03:00 a.m. on the weekend.

Cycling is still not so common in Brussels, however, with the introduction of over 23 km of bike lanes and a municipal bike share program, it is becoming more popular.

Taxis are readily available in Brussels, and can be hailed all over the city directly from the street. Because of the traffic it is not advised to drive within Brussels usually. Parking the car in a car park outside of the city and using public transport can be a quick and cost effective way to visit the city.

Brussels is a beautiful city to walk through, and exploring it on foot is one of the best ways to take in the architecture. On foot, the city center can be crossed in about 40 minutes.

Popular Journeys to Brussels

via Barcelona, Estacion del Norte Girona, Estació d'Autobusos
duration: 01:30 hrs
Departure
first: 07:40
last: 07:40
Arrival
earliest: 09:10
last: 09:10
  • Barcelona, Estacion del Norte
  • Girona, Estació d'Autobusos

Offers:

31/05/2016 07:40 - 09:10 14.50 €
07/06/2016 07:40 - 09:10 14.50 €
via Charleroi Sud Bruxelles-Midi
duration: 00:52 hrs
Departure
first: 04:28
last: 07:24
Arrival
earliest: 05:35
last: 08:17
  • Charleroi Sud
  • Bruxelles-Midi

Offers:

11/05/2016 04:28 - 05:35 9.50 €
12/05/2016 19:54 - 20:47 9.50 €
13/05/2016 04:28 - 05:35 9.50 €
14/05/2016 22:03 - 22:55 9.50 €
17/05/2016 05:24 - 06:17 9.50 €
19/05/2016 22:24 - 23:18 9.50 €
20/05/2016 07:24 - 08:17 9.50 €
via Barcelona Brussels
duration: 02:10 hrs
Departure
first: 06:50
last: 12:40
Arrival
earliest: 09:00
last: 14:50
  • Barcelona
  • Brussels

Offers:

11/05/2016 06:50 - 09:00 44.99 €
12/05/2016 05:20 - 09:00 35.33 €
13/05/2016 06:10 - 08:20 41.97 €
15/05/2016 05:20 - 08:55 39.99 €
18/05/2016 11:35 - 13:50 41.99 €
19/05/2016 06:50 - 09:00 39.99 €
20/05/2016 12:40 - 14:50 39.99 €
via Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai Bruxelles, Gare du Nord
duration: 10:30 hrs
Departure
first: 20:00
last: 20:00
Arrival
earliest: 06:30
last: 06:30
  • Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai
  • Bruxelles, Gare du Nord

Offers:

01/12/2015 20:00 - 06:30 57.00 €
via Zürich HB Paris Gare de Lyon Paris Gare du Nord Bruxelles-Midi
duration: 06:13 hrs
Departure
first: 09:34
last: 09:34
Arrival
earliest: 15:47
last: 15:47
  • Zürich HB
  • Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Paris Gare du Nord
  • Bruxelles-Midi

Offers:

27/11/2015 09:34 - 15:47 184.00 €
via Basel Brussels
duration: 01:10 hrs
Departure
first: 17:45
last: 19:15
Arrival
earliest: 20:25
last: 20:25
  • Basel
  • Brussels

Offers:

11/05/2016 17:45 - 20:25 84.41 €
13/05/2016 19:15 - 20:25 142.14 €
20/05/2016 19:15 - 20:25 59.66 €
22/05/2016 18:15 - 20:55 62.51 €
23/05/2016 05:10 - 07:50 31.22 €
26/05/2016 19:15 - 20:25 42.60 €
30/05/2016 06:40 - 07:50 31.22 €
01/06/2016 19:15 - 20:25 31.22 €
03/06/2016 19:15 - 20:25 55.94 €
via Venezia, Tronchetto Bruxelles, Gare du Nord
duration: 21:00 hrs
Departure
first: 15:30
last: 15:30
Arrival
earliest: 12:30
last: 12:30
  • Venezia, Tronchetto
  • Bruxelles, Gare du Nord

Offers:

21/09/2015 15:30 - 12:30 86.00 €
via Antwerpen-Berchem Bruxelles-Midi
duration: 00:40 hrs
Departure
first: 12:00
last: 05:44
Arrival
earliest: 12:40
last: 06:32
  • Antwerpen-Berchem
  • Bruxelles-Midi

Offers:

11/05/2016 12:00 - 12:40 7.40 €
16/05/2016 19:45 - 20:32 7.40 €
20/05/2016 13:44 - 14:32 7.40 €
07/06/2016 05:44 - 06:32 7.40 €
via Venezia Treviso Charleroi
duration: 01:35 hrs
Departure
first: 21:15
last: 21:15
Arrival
earliest: 22:50
last: 22:50
  • Venezia Treviso
  • Charleroi

Offers:

15/05/2016 21:15 - 22:50 33.25 €
20/05/2016 09:20 - 10:55 40.04 €
07/06/2016 21:15 - 22:50 14.67 €