❯ Stib bus lines 12 and 21 go from BRU Airport to Brussels' European district (last stop Place du Luxembourg, by the European Parliament).
Buses 12 and 21 follow the same route, but line 12 (running Monday–Friday from 5:40 AM–19:48 PM) stops only at the most important stops, whereas line 21 stops at all stops, and replaces bus 12 from 8:00 PM–00:30 AM, as well as on weekends and public holidays (from 5:40 AM–00:30 AM).
The trip to the final stop (Luxembourg) takes about 30 minutes with express line 12, and about 45 minutes with the 21. Buses leave every 10-30 minutes, depending on the time of day.
A one-way ticket from the airport costs €4.50 (€6 if you buy it on the bus), and can be purchased at the ticket machines on level 0 of the airport terminal (on the right-hand side, before the exit), or at the bus stop.
The bus stop is located at level 0 of the arrivals terminal, simply take the escalator or the elevators down from the arrivals hall.
If your final destination is close to a metro station, you can get off the bus at Schuman and transfer to the metro (lines 1 and 5).
❯ Depending on where you need to go, De Lijn buses also go to various parts of Brussels:
The De Lijn buses also depart from the bus stop area outside of the arrivals terminal, level 0.
Tickets can be purchased on the bus, and are around €2.50 – simply tell the driver where you need to go (remember that you'll need cash, and that the driver will rarely accept notes of over €10).
• FlixBus offers connections from Brussels International Airport to various cities around Europe; you can buy your tickets (starting from €5) and check the bus schedules online.
• If you are traveling to Antwerp, you can use the shuttle service located at level 0 of the arrivals terminal. The service runs every hour between 03:00 AM and 01:00 AM and the shuttle make stops at Koningin Astridplein and Crowne Plaza in Antwerp.
The journey takes around 45 minutes and the tickets cost 10€. You can get your ticket directly from the driver.
The airport train station is located at level -1 of the arrivals terminal. The station has direct trains to Brussels Midi/Zuid Station, Brussels Central Station and Brussels North Station, as well as to other major cities in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Trains to Brussels city center depart every 15 minutes or so, and the train journey takes about 15 minutes.
A one-way tickets costs €8.80, a return €17.60, and can be purchased from vending machines in the baggage reclaim area, or at the train station.
The very central parts and main tourist attractions of the city (such as the Grand Place) are only a short walk from both Brussels Central Station and Brussels Midi/Zuid Station.
• Brussels Airport is also referred to as 'Brussels Airport - Zaventem' (because it's located in Zaventem, just outside of Brussels). You can check train departures from Brussels Airport online (under Stations & Trains, search for the station name 'Brussels Airport - Zaventem', as well as the date and approximate time).
• A direct trip to Amsterdam from Brussels International Airport takes around 3 hours, and you can purchase tickets directly from the SNCB website.
Brussels International Airport is located some 15 km from the center of Brussels.
A taxi trip from the airport to Brussels city center takes about 15 minutes (more during peak hours) and costs around €40-50.
Taxi ranks are located outside of the arrivals hall.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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