Getting to Brussels

Getting to Brussels Getting to Brussels

Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections.

More than 60 million Europeans live within 300km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. For those who fly in, it takes only 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre. And when you have arrived, it's easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot.

Since January 2021, Brussels is "30 city". This means that the speed limit in the capital is 30 km/h for all road users. Exceptions to this rule are certain major roads (where the speed limit could be 50 or 70 km/h, look out for speed limit signs) and residential areas, where the speed limit is 20 km/h.

These speed limits apply to all road users (cars, vans, trucks, motorbikes, mopeds, buses, bicycles, scooters, etc.) Only trams, emergency services and snowploughs are not subject to the new speed limits.

  • By car

    Since January 1st 2018 the Brussels-Capital Region has become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). If you are entering the city in a car or van, check here to find out whether you are allowed to drive your vehicle within the LEZ. If you do not meet the conditions, we would remind you that there are park-and-ride car parks on the access routes leading into Brussels as well as alternatives to the car.

    As of 1 January 2019, diesel vehicles under the Euro 2 standards and petrol vehicles without a EURO standard and of EURO 1 standard will also be banned. A transition period of three months is scheduled from 1 January to 31 March during which no fine will be sent to these newly banned vehicles. During this period, anyone driving one of these vehicles will receive a warning letter.


    Vehicles registered abroad (exception: authorised vehicles with a Dutch number plate) must be registered before entering the territory of Brussels. From 1 January 2020, it is possible to buy your pass and register after driving in the LEZ, until midnight the next day.

    • Registration is free.
    • The registration must be made via the official website
    • The vehicle registration is valid for 3 years provided that the vehicle owner’s situation does not change.
    • Any non-registered vehicle is liable to a fine of 150 euros.
    •  Currently, the registration of a vehicle for access to the City of Antwerp is not valid in Brussels, it is necessary to provide a separate registration.

    New : from 1 January 2020, it is possible to buy your pass and register after driving in the LEZ, until midnight the next day.

    Thank you for taking part in the regional effort aimed at improved air quality!

  • By train

    There are five main stations serving the Brussels-Capital Region, all interlinked.

    The main stations: 

    • Central Station Carrefour de l'Europe 2 - 1000 Brussels
    • South Station rue de France 2 - 1070 Brussels
      For London: Eurostar
      For Paris: Thalys
      For France: TGV
    • North Station rue du Progrès 85 - 1210 Brussels
      For Amsterdam
    • Luxembourg Station place du Luxembourg - 1040 Brussels
      For Luxembourg
    • Schuman Station Rond-point Schuman - 1040 Brussels
      Serves European institutions.

    For all information concerning passenger transport in Belgium and abroad, T +32 2 528 28 28

    National traffic: 7 a.m. -  9.15 p.m.
    International traffic and reservations, Eurostar; TGV, Thalys Info: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; WE: 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

    Trainline is a one-stop shop for train and coach travel. Every day we bring together routes, fares and journey times from more than 200 train and coach companies in 45 countries so our customers can easily buy tickets and save time, hassle or money.

    Coronavirus: the latest on the situation on train lines: SNCBThalysEurostarTrainline 

  • By plane

    Brussels Airport

    Diabolo infrastructure  provides a quick and direct link between the SNCB station under the airport terminal and the main stations in Brussels (Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Central and Brussels-Midi).

    Direct trains run every 15 minutes in both directions. It takes just 17 minutes to travel into Central Brussels.

    For train times, check the journey planner  or via the SNCB app.

    To pay for this new infrastructure, every passenger travelling to or from Brussels National Airport has to pay a Diabolo supplement on top of the ticket price.

    The standard ticket price for travel between the airport and the Brussels Zone is €8.60 per day (return trip €17,20), which includes the Diabolo fee. If you already have an SNCB ticket, you will have to pay the Diabolo fee separately.  More information

    Up to 4 children under 12 can travel free of charge if they are accompanied by a paying passenger. In addition, any ticket to or from a station in the Brussels Zone entitles you to travel by train all day between all stations in the Brussels Zone on the date of travel.

    Where can I buy my ticket (up to 31 days in advance)?

    • Avoid the queues, buy your ticket online or via the mobile site
    • At the railway station, from the automatic ticket distributors or the ticket office. All information is available at or by calling +32 (0)2 528.28.28

    Brussels South Charleroi Airport

    By train

    You can easily connect to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from any Belgian railway station. If you select "Charleroi South Airport" as the departure or destination station, you will receive a combined Train + Bus ticket. With this ticket you can travel to Charleroi-South station by train, then take one of the many buses on Line A, which provides a direct link between the station and the airport terminal and takes just a few minutes. The ticket price includes the train and the bus transfer. A quick, efficient and great-value way to get your journey off to a flying start.

    Where can I buy my ticket (up to 31 days in advance)?

    • Online
    • At the station, from the automatic ticket machines or the ticket office
    • There are three automatic ticket machines at the airport near the TEC bus boarding area, on the left of the terminal exit. You can buy a combined Bus + Train ticket or a ticket for the bus only if you already have an SNCB ticket.
  • Carpooling

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    • You save money by sharing travelling costs
    • You enjoy company during the journey
    • You help beautifying urban landscape by reducing traffic and parking

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  • International bus services

    Several international bus companies that provide quick bus transit between major European cities also stop in Brussels on journeys to and from cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Paris.

    For more information, visit the websites of:

    Amsterdam – Brussel: Travel with Flixbus directly from the centre of Amsterdam to Brussels in 2:45 hours. Enjoy traveling in comfort with power plugs and WIFI equipped busses. You can also purchase drinks and snacks from the driver.
    Paris – Brussel: Travel in 3:45 hours from Paris to Brussels with one of Flixbus busses. In the busses, you have access to power plugs and wifi, so that you can enjoy your travel comfortably. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the driver.

  • Europcar

    Europcar is part of the Europcar Mobility Group, one of the leading players in the mobility sector. Europcar Belgium offers a wide range of mobility services: car and van rental, rental of scooters and electric bicycles (B2C) in its European quarter branch, car sharing (B2B), shared bicycle leasing (B2B) as well as the Europcar Mobility Pass - mobility payment card (B2B).

    Present all over Belgium and in major airports and train stations, the Europcar fleet offers models for your every need: city cars, family cars, vans, but also prestige cars and vans.

    Europcar Mobility Group offers its various mobility solutions and services through an extensive network covering more than 140 countries.