Brussels airport

I’m heading home to the US today for a week so I won’t be blogging for a few days. Before I go, I just wanted to share with you a post from a little while back all about Brussels airport. Travelling by plane 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 and see you back in Brussels soon!

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6 thoughts on “Brussels airport

  1. mbamps says:

    In my opinion the Brussels airport is above average but still light years from good airports like Copenhagen and Munich. Just some more information:

    Check the time of the train. There are 4 trains per hour, but 2 of them leave within 10 minutes and the other two 20 minutes later 🙂 Don´t leave the ticket in the train! Because of the new Diabolo line there might be SNCB controllers checking tickets upon exiting the train.

    Some of these trains will stop at Zaventem Village. Do NOT go out there because this is not the airport. I spent some years taking the airport train everyday and many times I saved people going out on the village instead of the airport. The airport stop is inside a tunnel.

    I think another good tip is that you can buy many brands of Belgian chocolat and beer packs (with glasses) after passing security. Ok, they will be more expensive, but quite practical if you want to take liquids as a gift and you are not dispatching luggage.

    There is (or at least there was) a smoking room on Terminal B next to the first bar on the right side.

  2. Marc says:

    I’m very glad you pointed out the supermarket at Brussels Airport. Although it’s a bit hidden, it’s very convenient. Just like you say, if you arrive late in the day, you can still go grovery shopping when you realize your fridge at home is empty.

    And thanks for the Airport reference, always cracks me up 🙂

  3. Alex says:

    Although I am a big fan and regular user of public transport, I would not recommend the bus when you’re under time pressure. Especially because of the construction activities on the boulevard that connects city and airport, this option can be a little unreliable.

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