Airport Guide to Brussels International (BRU)

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Airport Name
Brussels Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 8 miles northeast of Brussels.



0900 70000 (within Belgium)
+32 (0)2 753 7753 (outside Belgium)

Airport Overview

A busy European airport, Brussels International Airport (BRU) is well-situated for further flights around Europe and Asia, but handles traffic from all over the world. Brussels Airlines is based here, and flies directly to more than 40 cities around Europe. Most recently, Thai Airways International and Brussels Airport have established a direct route between Bangkok and Brussels.

Located 7 miles northeast of Brussels in Zaventem, the airport was awarded Best Airport in Europe by the Airports Council International in 2005. Although that was a few years ago, the level of service hasn’t changed, and the airy and spotlessly clean airport is a genuine pleasure to use. You should, however, keep your belongings close at hand, as pickpockets are becoming more common, especially in the public areas before security. Also note that staff shortages have seen the average luggage collection wait-time increase to over 30 minutes.

Terminal Transfer

Piers A and B are in the same building, so don’t worry about terminal transfers.

Getting into Town

Train: There is a train service into Brussels, via the railway station located below the terminal, on Level -1. Trains leave every 20 minutes from 5am to midnight.

Bus: There are several bus services into Brussels. De Lijn goes to the center of town, STIB/MIVB goes to the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, and the Brussels Airport Express bus goes to Antwerp every hour.

Taxi: Metered taxis are available from the taxi rank outside the arrivals hall. The average fare into Brussels is around €45 ($50 USD). Use taxis with the blue-and-yellow emblem, as you’ll avoid the higher fees charged by unlicensed cabs.

Car Parking

The Express Parking Lot is immediately across from the terminal building.  There is short-term parking in P1 and P2. The Economy Lot is good for long-term parking, up to a week. There are additional Holiday and Extra Security (Lock) parking lots for long-term parking, and a premium valet service within the terminal.

Information Desks

There are information desks in the arrivals hall. You can also get information on your flight status by texting TR + your flight number to 3880.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange offices, mobile phone rental (and purchase), fax machines, and a post office.

Luggage: The airport offers a porter service, baggage wrapping, and trolleys. Lost luggage queries are handled by the individual airlines, but there is a lost and found office at the airport. There are luggage lockers available on Level 0 near the bus station.

Conference and business: There are welcome services that offer reception rooms to accommodate up to 600 people in the airport. Additional facilities are available in the attached Regus Skyport Meeting Center, and in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, which boasts dozens of meeting rooms and catering facilities.

Shopping: There are plenty of shopping opportunities in the airport; however, don’t expect to find prices that beat those in town. You’ll find fashion and accessories, jewelry and books, luggage and leather jackets, chocolates, liquor and much more. A few recognizable brand names include Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger and Hermes. There are duty-free shops as well.

Food and drink: While most of the food options at the airport are coffee and sandwich shops, there are a few genuinely tasty places, such as Black Pearls seafood restaurant, and Beaudevin wine and tapas bar. If it’s quick and easy you’re after, there’s a Pizza Hut Express in Pier A (but it’s closed on Saturdays).

Other facilities: Additional services at the airport include travel agencies, a hairdresser, pharmacy, petrol station, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Protestant places of worship and a meditation room, baby-changing facilities, handicapped facilities and airport hotels.

Wi-Fi: There is Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the airport, via rent2connect or any of these service providers: Boingo, Quiconnect, iPass, Telenet, T-Systems, Trustive or WeRoam. Wi-Fi is available at the attached Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel.

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Airport Guide to Brussels International (BRU) was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Amanda Festa
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