Airplane, helicopter, Antwerp
Antwerp has its own international airport but flights to this airport are quite pricey from England. There are other alternatives but you should work out the costs and time to see which route would suit you best.
Brussels International Airport is about 28 miles from the centre of Antwerp and is one of the most popular routes to Antwerp. From the airport you can get a train straight to Antwerp for about 10 Euros. The journey takes about 45 minutes.
Brussels Charleroi Airport is where most of the low cost airlines will fly to from the UK and there is a reason why this route is low cost - because it is a good old trek to Antwerp. Ok, so it isn't that bad but takes a bit of organising. I took this route to Antwerp and if I had the choice I would probably pay a little bit more and fly to Brussels International.
From Charleroi you need to go outside of the Terminal building and you will see a big bus stop to your left. A bus leaves every hour to Charleroi Sud Train Station and from Charleroi Sud Train Station a train leaves every hour to Antwerp. So you have to be really lucky with your timing because you could be stood waiting for quite a while. You can buy a combi ticket for the bus and the train which costs about 15 Euros. The journey takes 1hr 30 minutes from Charleroi Sud to Antwerp and 15 minutes on the bus from the airport to the Sud station.
The Sud station is a bit of a dump but i felt fairly safe as I was there during the afternoon and there were plenty of people about.
The other option is to get a taxi from outside Charleroi to Brussels MIDI train station. The taxi driver will fill up the minibus with about 8 people and charge each person 15 Euros each. The journey takes about 40 minutes but from Brussels MIDI you can get a train to Antwerp every 20-30 minutes and the journey is about 40 minutes rather than the 1 hr 30 minutes from Charleroi Sud.
I would advise that if you are planning to fly from Charleroi airport that you don't book a flight early in the morning because you have to factor in the time it takes to get from your hotel in Antwerp to the train station, plus factor in any delays with the bus or the train.
Antwerp International Airport or Deurne Airport is located 2km south-east of the city,and is home to Cityjet Airlines who are now operated by Air France.Regular flights to London City Airport and Manchester Airport account for over 60% of passengers.Due to its short runway length(just over 1500 metres) it is not possible to operate larger aircraft at the airport.Because this limits the growth of the airport,and also due to strong runway regulations,an extension is currently in the pipeline.The airport also offers flights to Jersey several times a week.The terminal building is actually quite small with a small shop selling coffee,magazines etc and a licensed bar and currency exchange.There is no need to arrive hours early to check in, just half an hour before your flight as it doesent get very busy.On arriving i stepped off the plane,through customs,collected my bag and got a taxi in the space of ten minutes,wish that happened at every airport.Taxi takes 15 mins to Antwerp centre and costs around €12.
Address:Antwerp Airport,Luchthavenlei 1,B-2100 Deurne,Belgium.
A regional airport is located in the proximity of Antwerp centre, about 2 km. The main carrier which uses this airport is VLM Airlines and connects Antwerp with cities like London and Manchester. To cover the distance between the airport and the centre of Antwerp, you can rely on the bus (line 14) or a taxi (about €20). The duration of this trip is about 15 minutes.
Antwerp has his own airport. It's rather small and there's only connection to a few other West-European cities (like London, Manchester, Milan, Rotterdam,...).
VLM is the airline who flies from Antwerp to most of these destinations. Check their website for more information: www.flyvlm.com. The addvatage is that the airport is located only 5 km away from the center of the city. You can take a bus from the central station or the Rooseveltplaats (perron4) to the airport. It's line N11. It only takes about 15 minutes to get to the airport.
Travelling to Antwerp from any other city in Belgium is very easy and affordable with the train. You just catch a train somewhere in Belgium and you go to Antwerp. There's a chance that you might have to change in Gent (Ghent) or Brussel (Brussels).
You can fly into Antwerp too with VLM (the Flemish Air Company) from Amsterdam and other locations in the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. Check their website for more information (http://www.vlm-airlines.com)
You can also get into Antwerp by bus. Most buses connect Antwerp with smaller towns and villages. I mean - there are no buses between Brussels and Antwerp unless you change somewhere in the middle.
You can drive into Antwerp with your own car too - the roads are very good and it's very easy to get into the city. Finding a parking spot is more difficult though...
Just go on foot! Antwerp isn't that big and then you can see so much more! Another possiblity is taking the tram (street cars). They drive around the city very frequently and are cheap.