Known as the capital of Europe, Brussels is one of the most international cities in the world. Some flights to Brussels arrive at Brussels South Charleroi Airport, but most descend into the capital’s main airport, Brussels Airport. In this city, food and happiness go hand in hand. Try some finger-licking fresh mussels with a bowl of moules frites and wash them down with a mouthwatering Belgian beer, guaranteed to quench your thirst. Devour some delectable Belgian chocolate and wolf down some waffles as you stroll around and take in the city sights.
This is a city that oozes flair all year round, but the best times to snap up cheap tickets to Brussels at bargain prices are January and February. Summer is your chance to ooh and aah at the splendour of the Royal Palace, which opens for tours from mid-July to early September. In November and December, Brussels’ Grand Place is transformed into a sparkling, twinkling Christmas market with a glittering ice-rink and a towering festive tree creating an enchanting winter wonderland. If you’re counting the pennies but still want to travel during peak season, make sure to book return flights to Brussels well in advance for the best savings.
With Brussels just a short dash over the North Sea, you’ll find many direct flights to both of Brussels’ airports from multiple UK airports. Brussels Airlines offers daily flights to Brussels Airport from London Heathrow, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and East Midlands. British Airways soars through the sky from Heathrow. Meanwhile, Ryanair zips to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. It couldn’t be easier to get to the Belgian capital – you’ll arrive in just over an hour from London and from Scotland add 30 minutes more.
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Making the short 7-mile journey from Brussels airport to the city centre is a breeze. The airport train runs six times per hour and will zip you to Brussels Central Station in less than 20 minutes. A trip on the Airport Line express bus costs around €5 if you buy in advance at a GO vending machine and takes just 30 minutes. For the ultimate in convenience, a taxi will whisk you into the heart of Brussels for around €45 in 20 minutes. Charleroi Airport is 30 miles from the centre of Brussels so your best option to travel between the two is the Brussels City Shuttle. Buses run every 30 minutes and if you book your ticket in advance online you’ll pay €14 for a single journey.
If there’s one sight that’s guaranteed to get you grinning with glee it’s Brussels’ most famous statue. Just a short stroll from the Grand Place, you can marvel at the mischievous miniature Manneken Pis – a bronze sculpture sure to give you a giggle, no matter what age you are!
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