A quick guide to Brussels airport in Belgium

Brussels airport (BRU) is the main international gateway into Belgium for passengers travelling by air, and is located 12 kilometres from the centre of the Belgian capital city. While serving as a base for Brussels Airlines and Tuifly Belgium, it handles operations for over 250 airline companies with routes from and to this European hub.

Terminals of Brussels airport

BRU airport has a single terminal building divided into several levels. The underground level accommodates the railway station, buses and taxis depart from the ground floor, the arrivals halls are located on the 2nd floor and the departures concourses are found on the 3rd one.

Passengers will find the concourses and boarding gates in Pier A and Pier B, two zones linked by a building known as the connector. Departing travellers as well as those in transit may walk across this area to get from the check-in desks to their boarding gate, or to make a connection without having to clear security again.

You will need to go to Pier A if you are travelling within the Schengen zone or taking a Brussels Airlines flight to an African city or New York. Some outlets and services in this pier are drinking fountains (located near the public toilets), duty free stores, Relay magazines and books, a Belgian chocolate shop, a gifts shop, brands like Massimo Dutti, Longchamp, Hugo Boss and Victoria’s Secret and restaurants like Starbucks, Beers&Cheers, Sports Bar and Grab&Fly.

Pier B is dedicated to non-Schengen flights, and also has drinking fountains near the departure gates as well as luxury outlets like Antwerp Diamonds & Jewels and renowned clothing brands, complemented by fine eateries such as the Welcome Bar, Bistrot, Coffee&more and the Kimbo Pop&Bar.

Making a connection in Brussels airport

If you need to catch a connecting flight in BRU, there is no need to worry since the terminal is excellently signposted with clear signage guiding you to your connecting gate. Take into account that there are three different boarding areas: A, B and T. As soon as you land in Brussels, make sure you check the information panels to confirm your next boarding gate; from that moment on, all you need to do is follow the red connection signs. Even though, in most cases, you won’t need to clear security again, additional passport controls may be required. In order to transfer from gates B to gates T, you must take a shuttle bus departing from gate B93; this complimentary service takes only 5 minutes.

*Has your flight been delayed? Are you having a layover that is longer than initially expected? You can book a room in a hotel near Brussels airport.

Travelling from Brussels airport to the city centre and other national and international destinations

One of the most popular ways to commute from and to Brussels airport is by car: with more than 10.000 payment parking spots and major car hire companies operating at the passenger terminal (Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Sixt among them), business travellers find it particularly convenient to rent a car to get around during their trip.

Licensed taxis in the arrivals hall are clearly marked with a blue and yellow badge so that you can distinguish them from non-reliable services. The journey between the passenger terminal and Brussels city lasts just 20 minutes.

STIB bus lines 12 and 21 running regular services from Platform C connect Brussels airport to the city centre.

Another option is taking a train at Brussels Airport Railway Station. There are several direct trains going from Brussels airport to Bruges, Charleroi, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven and other national destinations, yet it is also possible to travel from BRU airport to Amsterdam by train, as well as to Rotterdam and The Hague, or even to London if we change trains at Brussels South Railway Station.

Additionally, a tram operates an alternative route to the railway network transporting arriving passengers to northern Brussels.

Going from the airport to your hotel in Brussels

A free shuttle bus operates between the airport and nearby hotels among which are:

The Crowne Plaza Brussels airport

NH Brussels Airport Hotel

Hotel Mercure Brussels Airport

Park Inn by Radisson BRU airport

Complimentary WiFi in Brussels airport

There is free unlimited WiFi for passengers and visitors to use in all areas of Brussels airport. To connect your device, simply complete a quick registering process using your e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook account or Google+ profile.

Flights to Brussels

The following are some of the main airlines offering regular flights to Brussels from cities across Europe, Africa and North America: Aegean airlines (Athens), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air Europa and Iberia (Madrid), Air France (Lyon), Alitalia (Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino), All Nippon Airways (Tokyo Narita), Austrian (Vienna), British Airways (London Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (destinations across Europe, Africa and the United States), Bulgaria Air (sofia), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Czech Airlines (Prague), Emirates (Dubai), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Eurowings (Berlin Tegel), Finnair (Helsinki) KLM (Amsterdam), Fly LOT (Warsaw Chopin), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Qatar Airways (Doha), SAS (Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm Arlanda), Swiss International Airlines (Zürich), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon), TuiFly (various holiday destinations in Europe, Africa and America), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), Vueling (Barcelona, Alicante) and United (Chicage O’hare and New York Newark).