Brussels Airport (BRU)
The Brussels Airport (BRU) is easily the largest and busiest aviation facility in Belgium, and is a key international hub for Europe, and serves the country’s capital city, Brussels. This airport had its beginnings during World War 2, but since then it has undergone expansion and redevelopment. As the city is home to the EU, and the NATO headquarters, this facility offers an extensive range of destinations, with non-stop flights to more than 160 cities across the world.
In 2015, this airport saw over 20 million people pass through its terminals through the year, and this number looks set to grow. If you’re a traveller transiting through this airport, you will find a good list of amenities you can utilise. You can access ATMs, currency exchange and banking services, as well as free WiFi, internet stations, and a post office.
For dining options, you will find a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, serving local and international fare, and there are snack kiosks where you can grab something on the go. The shopping is impressive here, with duty-free outlets, fashions stores, travel accessories, and newsagents. Extra facilities include a mobile phone hire service, a pharmacy, a hairdresser, and an information desk.
Flying from Australia to Brussels will mean that you will be subject to at least one layover, but you can find plenty of flights operated by airlines like Lufthansa, Emirates, Thai Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Swiss Air, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Air China.
· You can hire a vehicle once you arrive at the airport at one of the many car hire companies that are situated in the arrivals hall, or you can sort your booking before you fly by using our car hire search tool. The drive will take you around half an hour, though it is only around 12-13km all up. Get onto the A201, and continue this road, which will then become the N22, stay on this until you see the Avenue Jules Bordet/N294, and then left onto the Chaussée de Haecht/N21 and you should come into the city centre.
· There is a fast rail service that runs right into the city, in 15-25 minutes depending on where you are getting off, and there are also dedicated bus routes into the city centre that take around 30-50 minutes all up. The train will cost about 10EUR ($14) for an adult ticket, and the bus should come to 4-6EUR ($6.50-8.50).
· You can hail a taxi right outside the airport terminals, but this is by far the most expensive option, with the fare coming to approximately 40-50EUR ($57-70). If you have a lot of luggage, or are travelling in a group, this may be the most convenient mode of transport, but you can also book an airport transfer in advance, which is similar in its convenient, and still save a bit of money.
Please note that information is correct as of January 2017.