Brussels airport

I’m travelling today which always makes me think of this scene from the movie Airplane!

Ok you don’t have to deal with anything like this at Brussels airport but I still like to get through as quickly as possible. Here are a couple of my tips for travelling to and from, and spending time in, Brussels airport. Don’t worry, none of them include a fight scene.

There are a few options for getting to the airport. Both Taxi Verts and Taxi Bleus offer “special” airport rates. These are determined in advance by the distance from the point of pick-up to the airport with no stops in between. The discount averages about €10 on a typical fare from the city center. Be sure to ask for this in advance when booking the taxi.

If you’re driving yourself, the best parking value is Front Park 3, which – if you park as close as possible to the airport – is a short walk to the main terminal and offers discounted rates. The cost over a three day weekend is about the same (or less) than taking a taxi from Brussels.

Public transportation is another good option if you’re coming from the city. The train runs from the main Brussels train stations (North, Central, Midi) to the airport up to 4 times an hour. The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). The bus (line 12 or 21) to the airport is a good deal at only €3 if purchased at the kiosk outside (€5 if purchased inside the bus). You can catch it at Schuman or Place du Luxembourg.

The best place to buy newspapers or magazines is the Relay press shop in the pre-security departures hall. They offer a wider selection than the newsstands after security in either terminal. There is also a pharmacy in the departure hall open from 7am to 7pm everyday in case you forget your toothpaste.

Don’t be tempted by the Starbucks in the departure hall. You’re better off waiting until after security to get your over-priced caffeine fix. There is a Starbucks in both terminal A (upstairs) and B (next to gate 1). I can’t promise the lines are any shorter on this side, but at least your grande cappuccino won’t be confiscated at security.

One of best things about the Brussels airport is the little Delhaize supermarket located in the arrival hall. Once through customs, just turn left and head down the hallway. The store is well stocked and open until 10pm everyday. This can come in handy when you’re arriving back late and need something for breakfast the next day.

Happy travels!

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