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Rue de Spa 18, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
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Layover in Brussels

by Marcia222

I am traveling from Chicago to Venice in June with my husband and another couple,and we have a 6-1/2 hour layover in Brussels, from 8AM to 2:30 PM. on a Saturday. We would really like to use this time to get to see the Grand Place, and to have some mussels and "frites". Is this possible? I have read that the taxis from the airport are rather expensive, but one cab between the 4 people maybe isn't so bad. Also, any suggestions for a restaurant? Thank you so much!

Re: Layover in Brussels

by MJL

I have used a direct train service from the Airport to city centre. It only takes 15-20 minutes. There are three station: North Station (Gare de Nord), Central Station (Gare Central) and South Station (Gare de Midi) and station just below terminal building. Central Station is the nearest station and only minutes walking to Grand Place. It can be challenging to find a good open restaurant.


Re: Layover in Brussels

by yimani

Hello, Six hours is long enough for you to visit two places. Four people to a cab is good. The airport is about 6 miles from Grand Place in downtown Bruxelles (Brussels). Yes it will be cheaper and faster with the train. I used that some time ago.

June is a good time at Grand Place. It gets active especially evening time.
There are some good restaurants around there-El Greco, Rose Blanche, Chez Patrick, Kerlderke and Maison du Cygne.

You may visit the Parc de Bruxelles which is half a mile from Grand Place.
Make sure your transit visa can permit you to go into the city. I had difficulty with that some time ago.

Re: Layover in Brussels

by qaminari

You could take the train to Gare centrale, which is 5 minutes' walk from the GP, but as it now costs €5.05 per person, a taxi at €30-odd doesn't look too bad. Do not be surprised that it costs more on the way into Brussels than going to the airport, it's because of using a Brussels Region taxi to travel more in Brussels than in Flanders on the way out, as opposed to a Flemish Region taxi doing the same on the way in... the airport is just across the border in Flanders, and only Flanders Region taxis are allowed to start there; and both types charge one tariff in their own region and a higher one outside it.
As you will be spending most of your time near the GP, I would recommend anywhere in the Galeries St. Hubert, e.g. La Taverne du Passage, or else Chez Léon in the rue des Bouchers just around the corner, but DON'T be tempted by any of the other restaurants in rue des Bouchers/petite rue des Bouchers (except possibly Aux Armes de Bruxelles), it's a tourist trap. You won't be poisoned but you may well be cheated.

Re: Layover in Brussels

by qaminari

P.S. If you are American, you don't need a transit visa or any other type of visa, you can enter Belgium/Schengen for up to 30 days without one; in fact, the date that is either put in your passport or received directly from the airline for your arrival in Belgium will start your 30 days running for both Belgium and Italy, which are both in the Schengen visa union.
Someone who needs an airport transit visa, on the other hand, is not supposed to leave the airport.

Re: Layover in Brussels

by qaminari

PPS. Head not on straight. It's 90 days, not 30!

Travel Tips for Brussels


by eden_teuling

On whatever time of night or day you can always buy magazines and books, comics and newspapers etc. go to:


This shop is open 24 HOURS PER DAY!!!!

A day without car

by Muya

Each year, the inhabitants of Brussels agree to spend a day without using their car. This year, it happened to be the same day as the heritage day, so there were a lot of people on the streets. It is funny to see the biggest boulevards of the city, usually crowded with cars, invaded this time by bikes and rollers ;-) I even saw people riding their home-made bikes !
A pleasant day, really !

View of City

by Imbi

Brussels is not very city of concrete high rise buildings, most of the buildings are few storied and very attractive. There re few tall buildings in the city and if you get the chance get on to one of them and look the view from the top, which looks very attractive.


by lmkluque

Leaving the Gare du Nord on the first day of my first visit in Brussels I was excited to see everything.

Looking out the window of the car I saw something different--from anything I'd ever seen in the USA, even at the movies, a mannequin in a window wearing printed bra and underpants.

Suddenly the 'mannequin' moved and I realized that it was a prostitute sitting in the window. I was so intrigued that I went back another day to take pictures.

That street was full of store front windows with hookers wearing nothing but underwear. As soon as they saw my camera they either hid behind the curtian or 'gave me the finger.' Obviously it didn't deter me!

see MANNEKEN-PIS. The events...

by Ronald_T

see MANNEKEN-PIS. The events made from Manneken-Pis a legendary Brussels figure, he has become known far beyond the Belgium border. Even this year (2000) he made the news in the US – at least in some puritanical states: the little naked guy was integrated in a label of bottles of beer, and the authorities judged these bottles had to be removed - although every American who ever visited Brussels has undoubtedly a picture from him. The legend tells us that a rich bourgeois citizen had lost his only son amongst the crowd. Only after five days he found his son at the corner of the Schoonstraat (a particular street), doing what he’s still doing at this very moment, namely taking a leak!
Only in 1619 the Brussels authorities ordered Jérôme Duquennoy to make a statue in bronze for their meanwhile famous citizen.


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