Pantone Hotel

1 Place Loix, Brussels, 1060, Belgium
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How to get around

by Sleepin1

I am travelling alone in June and would like to get to Brussels from London. Any advice? Sites for cheap fares? Do I fly? Train? Help!

Re: How to get around

by leics (train) is likely to be cheapest, but only if you book the cheapest fares well in advance. The booking 'window' is open 120 days before travel and cheap fares soon sell out.

I'd try to book your June train fare on the first day you possibly can. Chances are it will be cheaper than a budget flight......and certainly quicker (once you have factored in transport to/from the airport, check-in/baggage reclaim etc).

Alternatively, check budget carrier flights. Again, cheapest fares are booked well in advance (at least 6-8 weeks beforehand). lists all European budget carriers and their routes...check fares and book with the individual airline.

Remember that Brussels Charleroi ariport (used by some budget airlines) is not
Brussels international airport. No problem wth onward transport, but allow time for this.

Re: How to get around

by RonManager

The best option is - book as early as possible and you should be able to get a cheap fare, and it's a short hop!

Re: How to get around

by qaminari

If you want to visit anywhere else in Belgium, don't forget that Eurostar includes onward travel to any Belgian station provided that you don't spend more than 24 hrs in Brussels (works in either direction or both). So if you wanted to visit Brugge, you can come on day 1, spend that night in Brussels, go to Brugge on day 2, spend as long as you like, and return to Brussels for a night before returning to London (assuming of course that you ARE returning to London rather than continuing somewhere else, otherwise only works for whichever direction you would be travelling in that involves Eurostar).
You can, of course, also fly from Gatwick, Heathrow or London City, with Brussels Airlines, British Airways, British Midland etc. (check for prices): but then you have to get there first from the city so don't forget to factor in both time and cost.

Re: How to get around

by leics

The free onward travel option with Eurostar is excellent. I took full advantage, as I thought.

But I'm not sure whether the 24 hours starts from when you actually arrive in Brussels or from when the Eurostar leaves London. Anyone know for certain?

Re: How to get around

by qaminari

I don't know how strictly they apply it, some websites imply that it the condition is merely spending 1 night here, which would cover a period of +/- 35 hours! But as it is effectively an offer of Belgian Railways, I would assume it is exactly the same rule as for breaking any other train journey (VIA ticket) within Belgium, i.e. a stopover of less than 24 hrs means between arrival of one train and departure of the one by which you continue your journey. Stopover in Brussels can only start when you get here, and ends when you take the train out of here.

Re: How to get around

by leics

Thsnks....I think that is what I'd assume. 24 hours from arrival makes sense.

I did ask when I arrived in Brussels but can't remember exactly what the nice chap told me.

Travel Tips for Brussels

Visit the Grand Place, the...

by imdreams

Visit the Grand Place, the Sablon, the Atomium and Mini Europe, these are all places you must see, and .... wait until I discover more, I have been here for only 2 weeks.

The picture you see here is for Mini Europe. Since Brussels has become the Capital of Europe, it was extremely befitting for the Belge to create a mini Europe, where you can find a mini replica of all the famous European monuments. Well, I am still in the stage of building memories, but I am sure they will all be nice ones. :-)


When entering...

by benzerga


When entering the Market Place from one of the seven side-streets, one's eyes are drawn automatically to the gothic tower of the town hall pointing skywards. Up to this day the 'Hotel de Ville', or 'Stadhuis' is considered to rank among the most beautiful city halls in the Low Countries.

About fries 2

by melissa_bel

But you can also order some meat to go with your fries and again. It's usually deep-fried and unhealthy but hey, once in a while! It's all part of the frites experience. The most traditional of meat is the « fricadelle ». I'd be hard pressed to say what's it's made of! All I know if that it is meat, looks like a sausage and it needs to be fried before serving. Frites et fricadelle is THE Belgian combination. You'll also find different kind of kebabs (« brochettes ») : regular, gipsy (« tzigane »), chicken wings, ardennaise (my favourite, with pieces of bacon), fish and even merguez (middle-eastern spicy sausage). All of the following also need to be fried. There's also a lot of different others weird stuff such as poulycroc or mexicano which I never dared to try... And then there is the cervelas, a cold sausage. It's quite old fashioned but one of the few non-fried meat option. The item known as « mitrailette » (shotgun) or « baguette » is simply fries and a meat of your choice inside half a French baguette. Not for the faint of heart!!! Of course, you will also find hamburger and the famous « bicky burger » (named after the « bicky sauce ») and even pita or durum (becoming widely available). On the opposite, the famous bowl of mussels (without the shell) is seldom seen these days. The possibilities are endless, really!
One last detail (but it has it's importance), if you ask your fries to go, they will be covered by a layer of paper to keep them warm. Real professionals know that a cut has to be made so the fries can breathe. Otherwise, they will turns all soggy because of the steam imprisoned by the paper and you don't that to happen. If that happens, then your fries guy/gal doesn't know what's it's doing. Bon appetit!

visit the Our Blessed Lady of...

by Ronald_T

visit the Our Blessed Lady of Laken Church.
The building of the gothic Our Blessed Lady of Laken Church (O.L.V. van Laken Kerk), by Poelaert, started in 1854, and was finished in 1908 by von Schmidt of Munich. He added the portal and the spire in memory of the first Queen of Belgium. This church nowadays serves as the burial-place of the members of the royal family like the late King Boudewijn I, and his predecessors.

I lived for 30 years in the...

by Nice_Girl

I lived for 30 years in the area of NAMUR (45 km south of Brussels).
It was really nice, quiet in the countryside or near the city of Namur, with its citadel and so interesting museums and old streets.
But you can't compare it with Brussels ... everything is near your door and ... you can find everything !
Don't hesitate to move or to come to Brussels, you won't be disappointed !!!

Picture taken from the Citadel of Namur ... great view on the city with its river, the Sambre.


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