Brussels airport to city transfer
This information is for the Zaventem airport. For the other Brussels airport you can read our Charleroi airport transport webpage.
Compared to most airports around the world, Brussels airport is fairy close to the city center. The distance is 12 kilometres (7 miles) and the fastest travelling time is an 18 minute drive. However, since Brussels is a busy European city, you really should have a time reserve and make proper travel research beforehand.
Brussels Airport Taxi
There is not a distinctive taxi look and there are more taxi services operating. Some even unlicensed. So it is always unpredictable to go for a blind journey. The availability, price and person who drives you can be of all sorts. We always recommend the taxi service you can order online and where the driver picks you up with a sign at arrival. It costs €36 per car and is available non-stop.
You can order this at their Brussels airport taxi webpage.
Brussels Airport Train
There is a train outbound from Brussels Zaventem airport to Brussels Central Station every 10 minutes, 24hours a day, 7 days a week. The ride takes 18 minutes and costs €8,60. However you will need to deal with public transport from the central station to your hotel. If you think you will not like that after a flight then consider the taxi option above.
Normal metro tickets are not valid for travel on the airport line from Brussels airport to Brussels city. Therefore you have to buy special tickets. There are more options how to get them, but the easiest one is to book online and print (link below). After arriving to the train platform, scan the square QR code on the gate machine. Code must be printed on paper. It cannot be scanned from electronic screen.
To book and and receive e-mail tickets go to the
Brussels airport train tickets website.
Brussels Airport Bus
Every airport bus departs and arrives at the bus station at Level 0.
The Airport Line is a public Brussels Airport bus that takes you to the European district of Luxemburg and to the city centre. There are two buses: Line 12 and Line 21.
Line 12 (operates Mon-Fri until 8pm) and only travels to main stations - the only metro stop is Schuman (EU Headquarters) and the last stop is Luxemburg station.
Line 21 (operates after 8pm on weekdays and on weekends) has many more stops and ends at Hertog/Ducale, the metro stops are Schuman and Trone. The last stop is close to the city just outside the Royal Palace - 10 minutes walk from Brussels Centrale.
De Lijn bus company operates regular Brussels Airport to Brussels city center transfer service. And also to the regional areas of Brussels such as Leuven and Kortenberg. The bus 471 goes to and from Brussel-Nord station and takes 45 minutes. Number 659 takes you to and from metro station Roodebeek.
Brussels Airport by Car
Brussels Airport is within driving distance of all major cities in Belgium – the longest trip is from Bruges (1 hour 9 minutes) and the shortest is Brussels (18 minutes). There is an Outer Ring Road surrounding the top half of Brussels called R0 on maps. The Brussels airport is located at the northeast side of the ring road. Once you get to R0 you will see signs that point towards Brussels Airport or Brussels. Other driving distances to and from Brussels Airport are: Antwerp (43 km, 34 min), Ghent (68 km, 48 min) and Liege (91 km, 59 min).
Brussels Airport Parking
To read more about Brussels Airport Parking simply go back to the Brussels Airports webpage.