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At less than seven miles from the centre of the Belgian capital, Brussels Airport is conveniently situated. It offers flights to destinations around Europe and to neighbouring continents. Car hire in Brussels Airport can be used to explore Belgium's largest city as well as other destinations around the Flemish Region and beyond.
Who to Book With
The desks of four car hire companies can be found in the Arrivals hall of the main terminal of Brussels Airport. Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Sixt are open from 06:30 until 23:30. Vehicles are collected from a dedicated car rental car park near Front Park 1.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:
- Full driver’s licence
- The credit or debit card used to make the reservation
- UK passport to confirm ID
- A print-out of confirmation of booking
Belgium boasts well-developed toll-free motorways that connect cities; however, roads around Wallonia are lesser maintained than those in other parts of the country. Although road signs are in the local languages (Dutch, French and German), English signage is provided in Brussels. Drivers are advised that traffic from the right gets priority on roundabouts. A reflective jacket and a warning triangle must be carried at all times. On-the-spot fines for traffic violations are common.
Brussels Airport is easy to reach from the city centre providing drivers follow the ring road for around seven miles. Other transport options include buses, trains, taxis and hotel shuttles. Cycling to the main terminal from the city is an alternative option which isn’t provided by most other airports around the world.
Trains can be caught from the basement of the main terminal. There are currently four trains per hour that connect Brussels Airport to the Central, North and Midi stations in the city centre. As well as these services, there are direct Belgian Railways services to other destinations around the rest of the country, such as Antwerp and Ghent.
Metered taxis are available from directly outside the main terminal and from in front of the main terminal. Official, licensed taxis possess a blue-and-yellow emblem and are most likely supplied by Taxi Hendriks.
Brussels Airport to Brussels city centre is about £40
Brussels Airport's bus station is found on Level 0 of the main terminal. De Lijn provides the most services, with an express service to the European quarter serviced by MIVB/STIB, and a typical fare into the city centre costs around £10 per person. AirportExpress services to Antwerp are also offered between 05:00 and midnight on most days.
Brussels Airport's main terminal has 54 gates, from where flights to destinations around Belgium, Europe and other continents leave and arrive on a daily basis. The hub is used as a base by the likes of Brussels Airlines, EVA, Jet Airways, Thomas Cooks Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Jetairfly.
There are over 12,000 parking spaces on site which are categorised into zones, such as Express, Fast Zone, Front Parking, Economy Parking, Holiday Parking, Lock Parking and VIP Premium. Average rates for leaving a vehicle in one of these car parks stand at around £15 per day.
Passengers must pay for Wi-Fi access in Brussels Airport. The service is supplied by companies such as Boingo, Ipass, Quiconnect and Telenet, with rates varying.
Information Services are located in the Arrivals hall.
Help desk: +32 2 753 77 53
The main passenger terminal has elevators, wide doorways and escalators, with these facilities ensuring visiting Brussels Airport is a comfortable experience for those with reduced mobility. Ramps, wheelchairs and other pieces of equipment are also available, although passengers are advised to inform their airline of their needs prior to travel.
Restaurants and Bars
Franchises such as Pizza Hut Express and Starbucks have a presence in Pier A of the main terminal, as do smaller restaurants such as Milestone, Grabandfly and Black Pearls. The Sports Bar and the Belgian Beer Café are popular places for drinks.
Brussels Airlines Lounge
Money and ATMs
There are two ATMs in the Departures hall, two in Arrivals, one on the fourth floor, one in the Baggage Reclaim area, one in Pier A and another in Pier B. Travelex is the main supplier of bureau de change services.
Big names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Hermes and Massimo Dutti have shops in the main terminal. Other fashion outlets exist alongside confectionery companies such as the Chocolate Company and stockers of travel essentials, such as suitcase giant Samsonite.