Brussels airport: Brussels Airport (BRU)

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport is 12 kilometers northeast of the Belgian capital and processed 23 million passengers in 2015. The airport was built during the Second World War by the Germans. According to legend, the Belgians had shown the Germans a bad place to build an airport, they knew, as it happens, that it was frequently foggy there.

Brussels Airport has two terminals, Pier A and Pier B. Pier A was exclusively used for Schengen flights for a long time. However, nowadays flights to and from Africa and New York are also handled here. An expansion to Pier A is being worked on.

Address

Brussels International Airport Company (BIAC)
Luchthaven Brussel Nationaal
B-1930 Zaventem
Belgium

Airport codes

IATA airport code: BRU
ICAO airport code: EBBR

Transport

Local transport

Train

Brussels Airport has a train station in the basement of the terminal. The Airport City Express leaves from the station Zaventem (Airport) four times per hour to stations Brussel-Zuid, Brussel-Centrum and Brussel-Noord, a one-way ticket costs €2.60. Liège and Leuven are also directly accessible from the airport by train. A direct train to Antwerp will be completed in 2010. See also the website for Belgian Railroads (tel: +32(0)2 528 2828).

Car and bus

The airport is along the N-201 and is easily accessible from the outer ring road around Brussels. Follow the signs for ‘Luchthaven Zaventem’. To get to the ring road from the airport follow the signs that say ‘RING’, the exits will take you almost anywhere.

The bus station can be found below the Arrivals Hall. Buses of the company De Lijn goes to the center of Brussels. The buses from STIB/MIVB go to the headquarters of NATO and the European Union and go as far as the train station Brussel-Luxemburg. There is a special SN Brussels Airlines Expressbus that goes every hour to Antwerp. A-one way ticket costs €8.00, for children aged 2-11 years the cost is €5.00.

Car rental - Brussels Airport

The counters for car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall are open from 6:30 until 23:00, here you will find: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.

Taxi

Taxis stand outside of the Arrivals Hall. Cars with a proper permit identify themselves with a yellow and blue sticker, a ride to the center of Brussels costs approximately €30.00.

Airport Parking

Parking facilities are managed by two different businesses. Short and long-term parking at the airport are looked after by N.V. Interparking S.A (tel: +32 2 715 21 10) and there are various possibilities. Express Parking is €2.10 per half hour, Front Parking is €2.50 per hour and VIP Parking is €15.00 per day (plus a one time only insurance of €15.00).

Car Hotel offers facilities for long-term parking along the E-19 and free shuttle services to the terminal, which you must reserve at least 48 hours in advance. The price is €13.00 per day, including guarding the vehicle and insurance, there is also a car wash.

Services

Services

Hotels

There is one hotel at the airport Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel (tel: +32(0)2 710 8000). A cheaper option, just outside the airport is the Hotel Formule 1 Brussels Airport (tel: +32 2 725 69 00). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There is an extensive range of snack bars, cafes and restaurants, all are developed by Restair (tel: +32 2 719 77 00). The shops have the usual options but a special statement should be made about Gobelins Art, a specialized Belgian tapestry and lacework store.

Baggage

Baggage safes can be found in the area of the bus station on Level 0, the price is €7.50 per 24 hours. You can call the office for found objects (tel: +32(0)2 753 68 20).

Information

The Departures Hall has a general information counter (tel: +32(0)2 753 7753).

Business

On the fourth floor you can find the Regus Skyport Meeting Center (tel: +32(0)2 714 02 00), there are 11 conference rooms with a capacity for 2-100 people.

The Airport Forum (tel: +32(0)2 714 0770) organizes receptions and offers lounges for groups, you can also use the telecommunication and secretarial services here.

There is also the The Sky Hall Reception Room (tel: +32(0)2 280 8410) for large events, including catering, the Sky Hall can accommodate 1,500 people.

Disabled facilities

Disabled passengers can get picked up or dropped off in front of the entrance. The entrances of the airport from the train station and the bus station have been adapted for wheelchair users. Taxis for wheelchair users Taxi Hendriks (tel: +32(0)2 752 98 00).

Other services

On Level 0 is the First Aid station (tel: +32(0)2 753 63 63), close to the bus terminal. A Porter service which costs €2.50 per piece of baggage, is available (tel: +32(0)2 753 41 17). In the Communication Center and the Airport Forum there are computer terminals with internet, you can also connect your own laptop. There are Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Orthodox, and Protestant prayer spaces at the airport, there is also a reflections area for non-religious people.

Contact

Contact

Address

Brussels International Airport Company (BIAC)
Luchthaven Brussel Nationaal
B-1930 Zaventem
Belgium

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +32(0)2 753 4200
Fax: +32(0)2 753 4250
Email: info@biac.be

Airport Codes

IATA airport code: BRU
ICAO airport code: EBBR

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