It's the other Brussels Airport. They call themselves Ideally located at 46 km from Brussels Grand’Place. There are more then 20 daily shuttles towards Brussel.
Directions by car
Located at 46 km from Brussels Center, Brussels South Charleroi Airport is of easy access by the motorway. (A54 – exit 24)
Coming from Liège - Namur: E42 - exit 15.
Coming from Brussels - Nivelles: A54 - exit 24.
Coming from Mons: E42 than A54 to Charleroi - exit 24.
Directions by public transportation
A public bus (Line A) links all day long the Brussels South Charleroi Airport to the Charleroi Trainstation. Then you can take the train to easily reach any station in Belgium or another foreign country.
Ryanair is a low budget air carrier that operates from several airports in Europe. They started in 1985 and transporting over 15 million passengers in 2002.
You can easily book your ticket online via their website. The website is self-explaining.
We flew from Charleroi towards Shannon and back from Dublin to Charleroi and paid about 85 euros return flights including airport taxes.
You can take maximum 15 kilo of luggage and 7 kilo of hand baggage with you. If you carry more it can cost you a lot of money.
The first 64 passengers at the check-in gates, get an priority boarding card. This gives you priority in boarding the airplane and it gives you a much better chance in sitting together. Ryanair doesn’t have seat allocations.
Traveling to and from the Airport to Brussels.
The 68 Bus and the Train are probably the best option.The coach is a rip off.
Charleroi Airport is 37 miles away from Brussels. It is a small airport but not overcrowded. Usual facilities including a large cafe.
There are two ways of travelling to Brussels via public transport.
Firstly, there is a local bus, number 68, from the airport to Charleroi South Station Interchange. It runs hourly, and is timed to meet flights and trains. Inter City Trains run from Charlerio South to Brussels stations including Central Station.
Trains leave Brussels Central at Mon to Fri, 36 mins past the hour and Sat and Sun 41 mins past the hour. The Inter City Train takes approx 50 minutes.
The second class single fare is only 6.80Euro
Get off at Charleroi Sud, walk along the subway and turn left up to the tram and bus interchange. Look left to avoid being run over by a tram.
The 68 bus will arrive at stand ( Quai ) number 3 in about ten mins.
Journey time to the airport is about ten mins and the fare is just 1.65Euro
Fares from the airport may be a bit more as it takes a slightly longer route, but a return train ticket may be cheeper than two singles.
Secondly, there is the Coach to Brussels Midi Station. It is claimed by tourist info that the fare is 6.20E, it is not. You will be charged 10.00E.
Don't use this rip off service !
The service is arranged with ryanair but there is a note on their web site about the problem.
Also, being dumped at Brussels South station at night is not recommended.
Hope this is useful. More to follow or just ask.
BY CAR,E19 from Brussels, Antwerp and Amsterdam, in the North ;
E 42 from Lille, Paris and the Euro Tunnel, in the West ;
E 42 from Namur, Liège and Cologne, in the East.
BY TRAIN,Arrival at Charleroi Station, right at the heart of the city centre. Train links from all big European cities to Charleroi.
From Brussels, there are generally trains twice or three times an hour, once an hour evenings and weekends, and it takes about fifty minutes.
Walk. Nice steep hills, but the metro system is pretty unreliable and infrequent. Buses are okay though. The bus station is actually on a postcard!