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    Brussels National Airport

    by traveldave Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Located just northeast of the city center, Brussels National Airport (BRU) is one of the major international gateways for western Europe, handling flights from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

    Airlines serving Brussels National Airport: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air Lituanica, Air Malta, Air Nostrum, Air One, airBaltic, Alitalia, American Airlines, AndoluJet, Atlas Blue, Augsburg Airways, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Blue1, bmi British Midland, bmi Regional, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Croatia Air, CSA Czech Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Estonian Air, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Flybe, FlyGeorgia, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Jet Airways, Jetairfly, Jet4you, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lithuanian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa City Line, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Olympic Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss European Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Syrian Arab Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Tarom Romanian Air Transport, Transavia, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Tyrolean Airways, Ukrainian International Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Vueling Airlines, and Wind Jet.

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    From Charleroi airport by train/bus combination

    by lotharscheer Updated May 14, 2013

    At Charleroi airport there are two ticket dispensers where you can buy a single or a return ticket (return on the same day) valid for "any Belgian destination".This ticket covers a journey in a TEC bus (from the airport to Charleroi-Sud station) and a train journey (from Charleroi-Sud to any station in Belgium).
    You can reach Brussels South Charleroi Airport easily from any station in Belgium.Ask for the "code 814 - O/W fare or code 815 return fare" at your local train station.
    Bus A goes from the airport to Charleroi train station (€ 5, about 20 minutes):
    http://sefora.b-rail.be/sefora/Sefora/berekenen.do?action=accessTicket&langue=3

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    train Brussels to Trier

    by gwened Updated Apr 28, 2013

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    do you have transport or will need one?
    Trier is beautiful and the river has boat rides but do not know if in winter. The wine region just north of it is very nice,Rhineland-Palatinate.
    and to Brussels there are trains or take it thru Luxembourg city. check the Belgium rail if from there or the German,
    http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml
    http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/

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    Car Rental

    by DemosD Written Jan 23, 2013

    They are overcharging customers also with many other means, like the damage excess amount described on insurance policy, for tiny scratches like dots, which they do not intend to repair, just to gain the money from innocent customers direct into their P&L.
    We had a very bad experience with this company last summer on a car rental in Brussels, where a tiny scratch (size of a dot) was overcharged (€260,00 after discount) they said € 210,00 for labor and € 50 for paint !!!.
    This is offensive/unaccepted when calculating that; they will not bring the car to garage for repairing for one tiny scratch- nobody do that. Additionally with let’s say 10 little scratches like this (10 X €260 equals = €2.600,00) , with a single visit to garage for repairing all
    NOTE: the car had few other screeches much bigger than this one- evidence that they are not bringing the car for repair so they didn’t make an insurance claim for the damage.

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    Bruxelles central train station

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2013

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    a building in the middle of the city and inside its a huge transport hub,commonly call the gare Centrale, it is a link between the stations gare du Nord and gare du Midi
    It is said to be the most frequented station in Belgium even if it only has 6 tracks of trains.
    The metro station by same name gare centrale is link to the station and connects with lines 1 and 5 of the metro system.
    you have buses stopping here on lines lignes 29, 38, 63, 65, 66,71 ,and 86
    tramways do not but they do come close to it on no 92 and 94.

    on the SNCB site you have all the information on the station in French,
    http://hari.b-holding.be/infsta/InfoStation.aspx?StationId=1000215&Lang=0
    also the schedule sites has it in English in contact

    We did use it on metro line 5 connection,and it was easy,there is also some stores on top in what it is a shopping center Victor Horta, named after the originator of the station

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    driving in Brussels

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2013

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    well against popular views here, my driving in Europe has been superb, and Brussels is no exception. I have come and gone by personal car, rented cars out and in at the airport and gare du Midi train station and all has been very easy.

    My last trip was no exception coming from France drove into Schaerbeek area and out, plus went to the botanique area to shop, very easy to load into the car lol!!!.

    It is true parking on the street is not easy and need to pay, but what I do is park at Botanique or Rogier parking underground and move about to the areas I want to go. If walking is the best way to see the city, the car is the best way to get in and out of a city.

    you can go on the link provided in contact, and place the mouse over the map of Brussels until the area you are going, then zero in maximizing until you get the exact address. Then trace it in your plan paper or viamichelin and off you go.

    I arrive on the RO or Ring road of Brussels to exit No 13 or the road N8 at Chaussée de Ninove (where I always get in from France); past by suburbs of Dilbeek, Molenbeek, Anderlecht, under the tunnel Leopold II to left blvd Barthélemy, and then right on rue Antoine Dansaert to left blvd Anspach, to blvd Adolphe Max to right on blvd du jardin botanique.
    and return on blvd du jardin botanique to blvd Adolphe Max left continuing on blvd Anspach then right on Rue Antoine Dansaert, then left on blvd de Nieuport to Chaussée de Ninove direction Mons to get on the RO ring road direction Mons. There you go on the Belgian A7 or E19 roads towards Paris.

    see the pictures for the parkings.

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    public transport in Brussels

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2013

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    It has an elaborate system of public transport always in renovation and improvements. You have the choice of buses, tramways ,and metro/subway.

    We try them all, taking bus 66, tramways 25 and 92, and metro lines 1,5, and 6. The best deal for a few days is the jump card of 10 trips for 13€ rather than individual 1,80 at machine to 2,50€ inside vehicle. There is a mobib cheaper for 10 trips at 11,80€ but we chose the alternatives to all transport. You can share the 10 with the family for the round trip.
    in addition to main transport site ,there is another one that shows mobility on all modes here in French or Dutch
    http://www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be/content/se-deplacer-a-bruxelles/

    It is a very easy system with machines in all underground stations and sometimes stand along on the bus tram stops. The indications are ok, and we didn't had any problems navigating the system.

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    riding a bike in Brussels

    by gwened Written Dec 24, 2012

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    plenty to do for the bike enthusiast as done by friends there;;the main recommended sites are

    www.villo.be
    Open 7j/7 and 24h/24, you can do day or night;and do unlimited trip depending on your purchase

    www.provelo.org
    the bornes to rent the bikes are at
    Bois de la Cambre (Carrefour des Attelages)
    Parc de la Woluwe (Bas du Parc)
    Parc de la Pede (Anderlecht)
    open from April to October , weekends from 12h-18h
    all year at Maison des Cyclistes , rue de Londres 15 • 1050
    Price is 7,00 €/hr, 15,00 €/day

    www.recyclo.org

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    connection train stations in Brussels

    by gwened Updated Dec 24, 2012

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    very easy all are interchange with connections.
    some information to help you from a Belgian site
    http://www.brussels.info/train-stations/

    Bruxelles Centrale is at Carrefour de l'Europe,2 at 200 meters from the Grand Place
    Bruxelles Midi, Rue de France,2
    Bruxelles Nord, Rue du Progress 85
    Bruxelles Luxembourg ,Pl du Luxembourg
    Bruxelles Schuman, rond point Schuman
    official train site at www.sncb.be
    or www.b-rail.be
    you can contact from abroad at +32 (0) 2 528 28 28

    the metro bus site is here
    http://www.stib.irisnet.be

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    Brussels Midi train station

    by gwened Updated Dec 24, 2012

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    well when I need to use the train, business trip its normally the Thalys and I end up here at Bruxelles Midi,Rue de France, then I rent a car to my business branch. Lovely station, plenty of eateries and easy to walk thru it.
    http://www.thalys.com/be/en/

    you ,can ,also, get the Eurostar train and the TGV here.

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    belgium bij train of bus

    by windpaard Updated Sep 25, 2012

    RAILPASS :if you think to make at least 10 trips with the train in belgium, then it will be good to buy the 'rail pass' at the station,ik cost about 76 euro,than a trip costs about 7,60 euro.so you can ask first how much costs a trip and if it costs more than you use the rail pass.It is valid 1year and you can use it with friends,(each person 1 trip)
    from Charleroi you can buy the ticket from ryanair to brussels it costs aroud 12 euro(?),otherwise you have take a bus to the station and than the train.

    for the bus you can also buy a month/year abonnement for a regio(flandres),with this abonnement you can go everywhere where the flandres bus " de lijn" goes ,even also to the border towns of nederlands,maastricht,eindhoven,tilburg...

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    bus from charleroi airport to eindhoven airport

    by windpaard Written Sep 25, 2012

    there are about 10 busses a day between Charleroi airport and Eindhoven airport.
    www.AIRPORTBUS.eu
    It's also interesting for night transportation when there is no public transportations.for exemple between charleroi,ottignies,leuven,mechelen,antwerp and turnhout

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    park centrum train and bus in at Brugge

    by gwened Written Aug 30, 2012

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    yes its convenient and cheap. its pretty often and you are drop off in centrum.

    dont know if you already have an hotel in town, when i go , i drive all the way to the hotel parking. Novotel centrum is it.

    dont know if link was given before but it tells you its 3,50€ at official tourist office
    http://www.brugge.be/internet/en/toerisme/bereikbaarheid/parkeren.htm

    hope it helps

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    car parking in Tournai

    by gwened Written Jun 10, 2012

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    you can park for free here at the Parking du Conseil de l’Europe and on Quai Andreï Sakharov
    the rest has metered parking starting at 0,50 cents per hour.
    here is the placement of quai Andrei Sakharov
    http://www.bipa.be/camper/belgie/henegouwen/doornik/andrei/index_fr.htm

    hope it helps

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    Walk Through the Old Streets

    by lmkluque Updated May 19, 2012

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    I arrived in Belgium by train a couple of times and once by plane.

    Traveling around the country from city to city it was by car with friends or when I was on my own, by train which was a new, exciting and sometimes fearful experience for me. I saw a lot of the countryside and stopped or passed through some cities that I spent little or no time in at all.

    Throughout Belgium there are many streets that can only be truly appreciated by walking along them and I did that too. It didn't matter if I was in a famous area, a remote area, rich or poor, commercial or residential I always saw things that surprised, amazed and enriched my experience in Belgium. This happened all the time in every place. I think through these fleeting moments, a bit of the essence of Belgium engulfed me.

    So, even though I had to walk with a cane/some pain during my last visit to Belgium, I still say the best way to get around is to walk.

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