A major European hub, Brussels International Airport (BRU) is perfectly situated for quick flights around Europe and Asia, handling traffic from all over the globe. Located 6.9 miles (11km) northeast of Brussels in Zaventem, the airport was awarded Best Airport in Europe by the Airports Council International in 2005. While that was a few years ago, the level of service has been maintained and the airy and spotlessly clean airport is a real pleasure to use.
You should, however, keep your belongings close at hand as pickpockets are becoming more common, especially in the public areas before security. Also note that staff shortages have seen the average luggage collection wait-time increase to over half an hour.
As it is such a busy hub, queuing times can be significant. But canny travellers can book flights on airlines that make use of the Fast Lane at security, a measure that will decrease your overall transit-time appreciably. Although the shopping options at Brussels International are phenomenal, you're encouraged not to spend too much money on your way in: prices are much better in the city.
The airport is located eight miles (12km) northeast of the city centre.
Getting to the city
The train station is located on the basement level that connects to Brussels and other major national and international destinations. A bus station is below the arrivals hall, and there are several lines that connect to different places in the city. There are also buses that serve Brussels Airport to Antwerp. An airport bus link also operates between the Brussels railway lines and the airport. There are licensed, metered taxis available outside the Arrivals hall.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from April to October).
Tel: +32 2 753 7753
Major car hire companies are represented at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Sixt, Europecar, Enterprise, and Hertz; their desks are in the arrivals hall.
From Brussels International Airport metered taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall. The drive to Brussels city centre costs around €45. Licensed Taxis are recommended and can be recognized by a blue and yellow sign.
Airport facilities include ATMs and bureaux de change, duty-free shops, cafés/restaurants, a beauty shop, religious services, train information and reservation, car rental offices, a travel agency, and luggage lockers.
The Fast Zone Parking Lot is immediately across from the terminal building. Prices here begin at €5 for thirty minutes. The short-term P1 and P2 Lots charge €4 per hour, with prices increasing thereafter. The Economy Lot is good for long-term parking (up to a week), costing €20 per day.
You can get flights to Brussels International Airport on dozens of major carriers, including Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Continental, Delta, easyJet, Egyptair, Etihad, Finnair, Jet Airways, Jet4you, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Qatar, Swiss Air, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
There is free wifi internet access available throughout the airport.
There are meeting room facilities for up to 600 delegates in the airport. Additional facilities are available in the attached Regus Skyport Meeting Centre Airport Hotel; and in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, which boasts dozens of meeting rooms and catering facilities.
Brussels International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.