We flew to Brussels from Aberdeen with KLM via Amsterdam. Schipol airport is one of the largest airports in Europe totally crowded with passengers. Trying to check in involves long queues and needs adequate time to change flights. We had three hours from landing in Amsterdam and needed every second. The good news for us anyway is Aberdeen now has direct daily flights to Brussels - so more Europe for me in the future
Ryanair has begun using Charloi airport as one of its ‘Hubs’ for a while now. At the time of writing it was still awaiting the final outcome on a court case about the subsidisation of Ryanair flights with public money at the airport.
Ryanair, as part of a protest against the courts ruling is to withdraw the Stansted- Brussells route. Currently you can still fly to Charleroi from the following places on Mr O’Leary’s Irish Pantomime :
Shannon, Dublin,Liverpool, Glasgow, Stockholm, Girona, Carcassone, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Vallendoid, Venice.
SN Brussels Airlines & British Airways code-shared this sector, operated by British Airways. The journey takes about 45 minutes. The moment you reach cruise altitude, it's time to descend.
Trawl the SN Brussels Airlines website - you can grab an early bird ticket of only 18GBP 1 way. That's a steal! (see website link below)
I believed the budget airlines all land at Brussels-Charleroi, an airport about 55km from Brussels itself.
TO GET FROM SINGAPORE TO BRUSSELS
There are no direct flights. You may choose to transit via Paris, London Heathrow or Amsterdam.
Two useful websites for Last minute holidays are
The websites are not updated daily so it's best to have a look and then call them
For the ebay types amongst you, Nouvelle Frontiers have holiday auctions for a few hours once a week.
Sites below are from Belgium and France.
When I look at the Belgium site today, I see destinations via Orly, rather than Brussels, hmmm ???
Using the Brussels Airport is much easier than some of the other major airports in Europe. Plus you can buy chocolate :)
As you can see the Zurich-Chicago-Las Vegas cows have made it to Brussels.
My one negative comment is the segregation of flights on US airlines at the end of one of the fingers. There is additional thorough and very public security at the entrance to this area and there is no food stand once you are in the US "sector".
I travelled from Lisbon to Brussels with Brussels Airlines. The flight was direct and I liked the airline.
Flights were on time, planes were modern and new and service was good. and attentive.
They use the main Brussels airport as their hub in Brussels. Fares are good and so are their schedules.
I would definetly fly with them again!
Opening hours (Brussels local times)
Weekdays: 09:00 - 19:00
En 2003, en moyenne, plus de 20.000 passagers ont embarqué à l'aéroport de Bruxelles chaque jour. Certains jours sont bien sûr plus chargés que d'autres, et tenant compte des vols réguliers et des réservations de billet, nous pouvons évaluer l'occupation de l'aéroport à différentes dates.
Les jours d'affluence, vous pouvez rencontrer des retards dans le trafic et nécessiter plus de temps pour trouver une place de parking convenable. L'enregistrement des bagages et le contrôle des passeports peuvent également être plus chargés...
In 2003, on average, more than 20.000 passengers embarked to the Brussels airport every day. Some days are of course more loaded than of others, and taking into account the regular flights and the bookings of ticket, we can value the occupation of the airport at different dates.
The days of affluence, you can meet some delays in the traffic and can require more time to find an appropriate parking space. The registration of the luggages and the control of the passports can be charged also more...
We flew from Brussels back to Chicago about a month after the gel ban went into effect and it was the longest time I've ever spent checking in at any airport. Maybe they've perfected the system since then but I would still recommend getting to the airport 3 hours in advance to be safe, we had to first go through the security line at American Airlines and then another equally long line at American to check in, through passport control and then yet another security check where they examined our carryon luggage, this seemed to only be flights to the US that were experiencing this level of delays.
A bus from Charleroi leaves for Brussels every 30 minutes. Cost is 11 Euro's and the total trip time is 45 minutes.
The bus is a regular coach bus. It drops you off at Gare du Midi train station. From there you can use Trams of Metro to get around the city.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is directly linked to the capital of Europe with more than 20 daily shuttles. Most cheap airlines fly to the airport. However, it is located quite far from Brussels and you need to go minimum half an hour by car to the border of the city of Brussels.
I would say that the airport is small but quite "cosy"...;)
Brussels Airport being located 14 km north-northeast of the center of Brussels, is convenient and most of the time easy to travel through, mainly served flights between EU and other European countries.
"A" for Schengen zone countries (i.e. no passport controls) and "B" for non-Schengen (including the UK and Ireland). The departure hall is more pleasant than the arrival hall, which is sometimes chaotic. Passengers travelling through area "B" have a far shorter walk to/from the 'planes. Flights occasionally arrive at area "A" from non-Schengen.
Bright and airy the Shengen terminal is much better than the older one and also offers more opportunities for shopping. Especially the second floor, where you have a smoking area, which gives you a great view over the leaving aircraft. The cafes are good and not too expensive when compared with places like Heathrow.
The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations. Tickets are cheap and are sold at the kiosk in the baggage claim area. The train service should be improved.
A note on the Belgian airline “SN Brussels”: Except for the self induced ‘excess kilo’ issue, of all the flights we have had, this airline surprisingly was the best! I had big leather seats, wider & with more leg room than any other flights. After the meal service, they served chocolates (no surprise), and they had large textured napkins, and of course the prettiest / most polite and blonde flight attendants of them all.
You don't need to go down to Charleroi (Ryanair) to get a resonable fare. Although I do use Charleroi from time to time, I still prefer using real airports to avoid landing in mere airfields in the middle of nowhere. Besides, if you are late, a taxi to Ryanair's airports will cost you 3 or 4 times more than a taxi to the main airport ... Virgin Express connects Brussels Zaventem with most of Europe at excellent prices and the service is fine, no meals or newspapers but at least you get numbered seats and avoid stampedes to get the best seats.
Zaventem Airport - a modern airport in Europe and gateway to many cities in the world. The most interesting airports - logistic wise - you will find in Asia (Hong Kong, Nagoya)
BXL airport is number ONE for selling the famous Belgian chocolate
Normally I arrive Brussels by train but on this occassion I was coming in from Berlin and being pushed for time flew into Brussels International with EasyJet from Berlin's Schoenfeld (a lovely airport BTW).
Before I go any further you should note that Brussels International (BRU) is a different airport from Brussels Charleroi (CRL).
My first impression of BRU was that it was huge - after the simplicity of departing Schoenfeld the walk from the EasyJet gate seemed to go on forever - not that it was unpleasant, there were plenty of moving walkways and bars and shops etc had I been inclined to allow myself such digresions, just long.
Eventually I escaped, had a quick cigarette, and found the train station to get into the city - this was much better. The train station is located in the underground level, is well-signposted and trains run into the city roughly every 15 minutes during the day with a journey time of between 11 mins (Gare du Nord) and 20 mins (into Midi) - it also stops at Central. As I wanted a "Jump carnet" for the Metro and trams I bought my ticket from the manned ticket office (the single fare into the city was 5.30 euros at the time of writing (Jan 2012)) and the journey was totally effortless - in fact it took me longer to escape the airport than the train took to get to Gare du Nord.
Not an airport I'd add to my favourites list but it certainly is easy to get to and from and if you want to check the connection times on the Belgian Railways website (second link below) use "Bruxelles Nat Aeroport" as your start/finish station.