Transportation to and from Brussels Airport

Car

What is the distance from Brussels Airport to the centre of Brussels?

The distance between Brussels Airport and the city centre is 15 kilometres / 9.3 miles. By car, travel time between both places is 20 to 30 minutes.

From BRU Airport to Brussels City centre by Car
15 km
25 min

Public transport

Train to Brussels

Brussels Airport has its own train station below the terminal at level -1. Six times per hour a train departs from Brussels Airport – Zaventem railway station to the stations Brussel-Noord, Brussel-Centraal and Brussel-Zuid. The train journey from Brussels Airport to Brussel-Centraal takes approximately  17 minutes.

Train tickets
A ‘standaardbiljet’ – as it is called in Belgium (Flanders) – for a single trip is priced at € 8.90, it includes the Diabolo fee of € 5.40. A maximum of four children up to 11 years can travel free with each paying person aged 12 or over. Please consult website Belgian Railways for more information.

Bus to Brussels

Next to the train, you can travel by bus between Brussels Airport and the city centre. From Monday to Friday until 20:00 hours you can use bus line 12. In the evening after 20:00 hours, on weekends and holidays, you can take bus line 21. These ‘Airport Line’ buses depart from level 0 (platform C). Both services run between Brussels Airport and Brussels-Luxembourg Station, in the heart of the European quarter. If you have to be in the centre of Brussels, you can get off the bus at Brussels-Schuman Station and transfer to the metro (M1 and M5). The bus ride between the airport and Brussels-Schuman Station takes around 30 minutes by bus line 12 and line 21, the buses depart every 10 to 20 minutes.

Bus tickets
A single ticket costs € 4.50 at the red-blue GO ticket vending machines at platform C and € 6.00 on the bus. Tickets are valid on the bus, metro and tram for 60 minutes. You can also buy a relatively cheap JUMP ticket for 24 hours (€ 7.50), 48 hours (€ 14.00) or 72 hours (€ 18.00). To get this ticket you have to be in possession of a MOBIB card worth € 5.00. Please consult website and timetable bus line 12 and line 21 for more information.

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Train to Ghent, Bruges, Leuven, Liège, Mechelen and Antwerp

Because the airport has its own railway station, you can reach many Belgian cities. The beautiful and popular cities Ghent and Bruges are easily accessible by train. There are two direct trains per hour to Ghent (Station Gent-Sint-Pieters), every second train is heading to Bruges at .03 past the hour.

Unfortunately, there is no direct train from Brussels Airport – Zaventem to Liège-Guillemins, the main railway station of Liège. You need to change trains in Leuven, every half an hour a train departs from the airport to Leuven (Louvain). The journey to the university city of Leuven takes only 13 minutes, the train ride to Liège takes another 33 minutes. Two times per hour you can take a train from Brussels Airport – Zaventem to Antwerpen Centraal railway station, travel time is just 32 minutes. On its way, the train also stops in Mechelen (11 minutes) and Antwerpen Berchem (26 minutes).

The price of a ticket depends on the destination, tickets to Bruges and Liège are more expensive (approximately € 20.00) than tickets to nearby cities like Leuven and Mechelen (approximately € 9.00). Please consult website Belgian Railways for more information.

Is there direct public transport available from Brussels Airport to Charleroi Airport?

Unfortunately not. You have two travel options, both a combination of train and bus. Firstly, you can take a direct train from Brussels Airport – Zaventem to Charleroi-Sud and then bus A to Charleroi Airport. Travel time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes, the price is € 22.90. Secondly, you can take a train from Brussels Airport – Zaventem to Brussel-Zuid and then the Brussels City Shuttle to Charleroi Airport. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, the price is € 23.10. Another option is getting a taxi from Brussels Airport to Charleroi Airport.

Bus services

Airport Express to Antwerp

The Airport Express runs between Brussels Airport and Antwerpen Centraal, the main railway station in the port city of Antwerp. The stops in Antwerp are located at the Koningin Astridplein (central station) and in front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Antwerp South (Zuid). Children under 2 years travel for free, while everyone else has to pay the prices as stipulated below when boarding the bus. Bus drivers only accept cash payments.

At Brussels Airport the bus departs from level 0 (platform B). The Airport Express runs every 60 minutes in the direction of Antwerp and Brussels Airport, the journey time is 45 minutes. The bus is not faster, but slightly cheaper than a direct train to Antwerp (travel time: 32 minutes, price: € 11.60). The first bus from Antwerp leaves already at 03:00 hours, the last bus from Brussels Airport departs at 00:00 hours. Please consult website and timetable Airport Express for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults € 10 € 20
Children, 2 up to 11 years € 5 € 10

Tickets

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Sightseeing - 24h/48h-Ticket

€ 25

Enjoy 24-hour or 48-hour unlimited transportation aboard our hop-on hop-off red tour bus. Take advantage of the guided tour and hop off wherever takes your fancy. See the European Parliament, the Museum of Fine Arts and the world famous Atomium.

Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket

€ 15

Visit this icon of Brussels and Belgium and a creation that’s unique in the history of architecture. The emblematic vestige of the World’s Fair in Brussels in 1958, the Atomium is the most popular attraction in Europe's capital city.

Brussels Card with STIB Public Transportation

€ 34.50

Discover the sights and attractions of Brussels at your own pace with a user-friendly city card. Get access to some of the best museums and tourist attractions, and enjoy exclusive discounts on tours and at partner shops, bars and restaurants.

Activities

Brussels: Express Tour with Belgian Lunch, Chocolate, & Beer

€ 85

Enjoy an authentic Brussels experience on a 3.5-hour walking tour. Sample traditional chocolates, beer, mussels, frites, waffles, and more. See the historic monuments surrounding Grand Place, often described as the most beautiful square in the world.

Brussels: Chocolate Workshop and Guided Walking Tour

€ 70

Taste the famous chocolates of Brussels at a workshop with a Master Chocolatier. Learn to make sweet Belgian treats and take a tour of the city’s top chocolate shops. This tour is a chocoholic's dream excursion.

Brussels: Waffle Making Workshop

€ 32

Learn to prepare, bake, and enjoy your own delicious Belgian waffles at a 1.5-hour waffle making workshop in Brussels. Eat as many waffles as you can! Ideal for hen parties, team-building exercises, or as an alternative activity for families.

Tours and transport

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

€ 47

Discover some of Belgium's most beautiful historic buildings on this full-day tour to Ghent and Bruges. From the stunning Saint Bavo Cathedral to the serene Lake of Love, you will walk away with memorable impressions of these gorgeous Flemish cities.

Brussels Grand City Tour

€ 30

Take a tour of Brussels, the capital city of the European Union, on this 2.5-hour trip that takes you to the most important sites in the city: Grand Place, the Atomium, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Jubelpark, the European Parliament, and more.

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

€ 70

Journey through the history of Brussels' beer brewing on an expert guided tour and sample some of the city's most famous brews! Visit historic cafes, learn all about beer tasting etiquette and see iconic landmarks.

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