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question signWhere is Brussels located ?

answer sign Brussels (Brussel or Bruxelles) is located in the heart of Belgium, between the desirable and obvious destinations of London, Paris and Amsterdam. Brussels is easy to reach: about an hour an a half from Paris by high-speed Thalys train, just under three hours from Amsterdam, 2 hours 45 minutes from Cologne, and only 3 hours 15 minutes from London via the Eurostar and the English Channel Tunnel.

question signHow far is Brussels from Bruges ?

answer signBrussels is located 56 miles or 90 km from Bruges, driving time is 1 hour.

question signHow far is Antwerp from Brussels ?

answer signAntwerp is located 26 miles or 41 kilometers from Brussels.

question signHow far is Brussels from Amsterdam ?

answer signAmsterdam is located in the Netherlands and 106 miles or 171 km away from Brussels in Belgium.

question signHow far is Paris from Brussels ?

answer signThe distance between Paris in France and Brussels in Belgium is 165 miles or 266 kilometres.

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question signHow do you get to Bruges from Brussels ?

answer signLook for trains heading to Ostend (Oostende) or Blankenberge, Train from Brussels to Bruges runs a few times per hour, no reservations is needed. Travel time takes 1 hour.

question signTrain from Brussels to Amsterdam ?

answer signThe Intercity trains run once each hour from Brussels to the Amsterdam Centraal station (or Schiphol Airport station). It takes about 2 hours 45 min. Check website There is no need to pre book or purchase tickets, you can just pick them up at the station when you get there unless you are trying to book the Thalys train to Amsterdam. Check website Thalys

question signHow to get from Brussels Airport to city centre Brussels ?

answer signThere are at least 6 trains per hour from Brussels national airport to Brussels train stations. All trains stop at the North Station, Central Station and South Station (duration is 15 minutes). Also STIB Airport line offers a bus connection between the Centre and Brussels National Airport (Info: Tel (0)70 23 2000) B 12 (express bus). Brussels International Airport is at Zaventem, 14 km from the city centre. Of course you can also take a taxi.

question signHow to get from Charleroi Airport to city center Brussels ?

answer sign A bus links Charleroi Brussels-South and the Gare du Midi railway station in Brussels more than 20 times a day, also a bus route (route A) permanently links the Charleroi Brussels-South airport with Charleroi railway station. You can then take the train very easily to Brussels. By car it's a 45 minute drive from the airport to the centre of Brussels via the A54. The set price linking Brussels to Charleroi airport by taxi is 85.00 € and Charleroi Transfer offers door-to-door airport transfer service operating between Brussels and Charleroi Airport!

question signTrain from Brussels to Ghent and Bruges ?

answer signGhent and Brugge are on the same line to Oostende/Knokke/Blankenberge and these trains start at Brussels Nord train station then travelling through Gare Central and then Gare du Midi (South Train Station). In Ghent train station Gent St Pieters is the closest to the city centre. In Bruges get off at Bruges Train Station. You cannot book a seat on local trains.

question signBest way to get to Antwerp from Brussels ?

answer signThe best way to get to Antwerp from Brussels is by train which takes about 40 minutes from the Gare du Nord railway station, a few minutes more from Gare du Midi (starting point) or Gare centrale (Central Station).

question signTaxi from Gare du Midi ? (Brussels South Railway Station)

answer sign Taxis at Gare du Midi train station are very well organised and you will quickly get a taxi. There is a taxi stand outside the station.

question signHow to get from Paris to Brussels ? from CDG Paris ?

answer sign Take Thalys train from Paris Nord to Brussels. In Brussels, the Thalys arrives at Brussel Zuid (Bruxelles Midi). You can take a direct TGV train from CDG airport to Brussels (Midi). Check for rates and time shedules. The high speed Thalys train connects Brussels with Cologne (2h23), Paris (1h20) and Amsterdam (2h00).

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question signBruges and Ghent in one day from Brussels ?

answer sign It could be do-able if you start off early, bearing in mind that it is 1 hour to Brugge then 30 minutes to Ghent then 30 minutes back to Brussels. Both are wonderful cities worth a visit for a full day each. If your schedule allows consider visit both cities seperately, but if not, then you could combine the 2 in one day. Bear in mind with regard to Ghent that the centre is some way from the railway station (Gent St. Pieters). TIP : If you have never been to Brugge before, make that a full daytrip.

question signIs one day enough to see most of Brussels?

answer signIf all you want to see is the Grand' Place, the Galeries St. Hubert and perhaps the Mannekin Pis, you can do it in less than 2 hours starting from Gare central train station, so you would also have time to take one of the hop-on-hop-off buses for an overview of the city. If you want to include any museums and/or spend time at the Atomium, the Chinese Pavilion-Japanese Tower-Oriental Art Museum complex, or the Africa Museum in Tervuren - you would have to be selective. Consider also a day trip to Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. Belgium's true "gems" of cities.

question signWhy not Brussels ?

answer signBrussels can be under-estimated at times. If nothing else, visit Brussels for the restaurants. There's not tons and tons to do there but enough to stay busy for 2 days.

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question signWhich language do they speak in Brussels ?

answer signOfficially Dutch and French is spoken in Brussels. In practice, 80% of the people speak French, but there are Dutch-speaking neighbourhoods, streets where you are more likely to hear Turkish or Arabic, and areas that are more international. English is widely spoken.

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question signParking your car in Brussels ?

answer signPark-and-ride car parks are located at the entrances to Brussels, from where you can take public transport and travel around the city in peace. Take a look at Mobiris for more information about parking your car in Brussels.

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question signShopping in Brussels ?

answer signFor basic shopping, the main pedestrian shopping street is the Rue Neuve or Brussel Nieuwstraat and rue des Fripiers (place de la Monnaie). Popular in the Old Centre of Brussels are the beautiful shopping arcades of the Galeria Bortier, and the Galeries St. Hubert (Sint Hubertusgalerijen), which lies along the Rue des Bouchers. Smaller shops can be found between the Grand Place and the Rue Lemonnier. Rue Antoine Dansaert is an area of avant-garde designers and fashion boutiques. More designer shops can be found on the rue de Namur and famous Avenue Louise, with top quality shoes, clothes, accessories and home decorations. Both the Avenue Louise and the Boulevard de Waterloo are known for their designer clothing and expensive jewellery stores. Specialty shops are at Rue Haute and Rue Blaes. Many specialist antique dealers can be found in the Sablon area. Belgium is famous for its chocolate and beer and there are a multitude of shops dedicated to these two delicacies in Brussels. Beer Mania (Chaussée de Wavre, 174-6) stocks a fine selection of Belgian beers and will deliver internationally.

question signAny recommendations for good cake shops and cholcolate shops ?

answer signThe best places for cakes are probably Wittamer and Marcolini in the Place du Grand Sablon, and these are also chocolate shops. For local biscuits and waffles, the best place is Dandoy in the rue de l'Etuve opposite the Amigo hotel.

question signWhere to eat Mussels in Brussels ?

answer signFor the best Mussels in Brussels try Chez Leon. Visit website

question signRestaurants in Brussels ?

answer signBrussels offers 1800 restaurants. Discover the most popular restaurants on You can give your preffered region and kitchen type and they'll show you the most popular restaurants.

question signBest souverir in Brussels ?

answer signBelgian chocolate, belgian beer, lace and comic strips. Plenty of lace shops sell are different kinds of lace and tapestries, lace is still the most bought souvenir of Brussels.

question signBelgian Beer in Brussels ?

answer signBelgium is the country with the best beer in the world. Your visit to Brussels cannot be complete without a visit to one of the many typical and beautiful cafes and pubs. For more information

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question signCan you recommend an hotel in Brussels ?

answer signBrussels hosts numerous hotels ranging from very cheap to high quality 5 star luxury accommodation. Finding the perfect hotel is not easy. Take a look at top rated hotels in Brussel, it's a great help. Compare different hotels based on guest review scores. Look for accommodation rated wih excellent reviews submitted by customers.