Information & Facts
From Brussels International Airport metered taxis available
outside the arrivals hall. The drive takes 30-minute journey to
Brussels city centre and costs around US$44. Licensed Taxis are
recommended and can be recognized by a blue and yellow sign.
The Express Parking Lot is immediately across from the terminal
building. The charge is EUR5 per hour, and you're limited to three
hours. The short-term P1 and P2 Lots charge EUR4 and EUR3.50 per
hour respectively. The Economy Lot is good for long-term parking
(up to a week), costing EUR16 per day.
Major car hire companies are represented at the airport,
including Avis, Budget and Hertz; their desks are in the Arrivals
The train station is located on the lower level (1st Floor).
There is a train shuttle service from the airport to the North,
South and Central stations of Brussels. The shuttle runs every
15-20 minutes and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. It
operates between 5.30am and 12.20am from the airport and costs
EUR2.60. A bus station is below the Arrivals hall. The #12 bus on
weekdays before 8pm and the #21 at all other times takes passengers
to the European Quarter of the city and costs EUR3. There are also
buses that serve Brussels Airport to Antwerp;. An airport bus link
also operates between the Brussels railway lines and the airport
(Tel. +32 70 22 02 00). There are licensed metered taxis available
outside the Arrivals hall; the 30-minute journey to Brussels costs
around EUR35 (Tel: +32 2 752 98 00).
Airport facilities include ATMs and bureau de change, a post
office, duty-free shops, cafes/restaurants, a beauty shop, a
Communications Centre with Internet access, religious services,
train information and reservation, travel agency, and luggage
lockers. There is also a mobile phone rental office and Wireless
LAN hotspot service.
The Flemish, in the north, speak Dutch (60% of the
population); the Walloons in the south speak French (40%). Brussels
is bilingual, the majority of citizens speaking French. In the east
there is a small German-speaking community. English is also
Euro (EUR) divided into 100 cents. Most credit cards are
accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Eurcard) as are
travellers cheques (though it is best to carry them in Euros, US
dollars or Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges when
exchanging). ATMs are available in all major cities. Banks are open
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays
and holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch. There are
however some foreign exchange offices that trade on Sundays.
Local time in Belgium is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday
in March to the last Sunday in October).