How to get here?
Getting to Belgium is both fast and easy, whether by air, rail or road.
Flanders is well served by five airports:
- Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is 14 km east of Brussels and has flights to hundreds of international destinations. Frequent train connections from the airport will take you to Brussels city center in 20 minutes and to Antwerp in 35. There are plenty of bus lines as well, they go from 5 A.M. until midnight (except on Sundays). Taxis are available 24/7 at Brussels Airport.
- Brussels South Airport is in Charleroi, 60 km from Brussels, with flights to 26 European destinations. A direct bus takes you from the airport to Charleroi-South railway station in 20 minutes. From there, there are plenty of direct train connections to Flanders' largest cities. Direct shuttle buses from the airport to Ghent and Bruges are also available.
- Antwerp Airport (Deurne) has regular passenger flights to London, Geneva, Dublin, Hamburg and Munich.
- Ostend Airport is steadily growing into a fully-fledged airport for freight and passenger transport to intercontinental destinations.
- Liège Airport (in "Liège" or "Luik" as we say in Dutch).
Please consult the websites of these airports for more information.
- Arriving from abroad: Flanders is easily accessible by international trains from London, Paris and Amsterdam, amongst other major cities. The Eurostar will take you from the Brussels South Station to London in less than two hours. Thalys offers high-speed services to the Netherlands (Amsterdam - 1h52), France (Paris - 1h25) and Germany. Tip: check international rail links and reserve your seats in advance at B-Europe or Rail Europe!
- Getting around in Flanders and Belgium: the train will take you almost anywhere you want to go. Flanders has a dense railway network that offers frequent service and is the quickest way to travel between city centres. Tip: Consider buying a rail card, it really is worth the investment!
- Arriving from abroad: A long-distance coach is also a good choice for your trip to Flanders. Thanks to a user-friendly booking system and an extensive route network, FLIXBUS offer travellers the opportunity to travel to Flanders cheaply. Their green buses comply with the highest safety and environmental standards and thus offer a sustainable and convenient alternative to private transport. More info on https://global.flixbus.com/.
- Getting around in Flanders and Belgium: The bus is a convenient means of travel and the network covers a wide area not served by other forms of public transport. The bus routes in Belgium are handled by 3 different companies: De Lijn is responsible for the Flanders network, while TEC handles bus travel in Wallonia. The STIB buses cover the Brussels metropolitan area. More info: https://www.delijn.be.
The past five months have passed really quickly – It feels like it was yesterday when I was waiting for my flight to Brussels at the Helsinki Airport in mid-September.