Brussels airport to city transfer

This page is dedicated to information about the Zaventem airport. For the other Brussels airport you can read our Charleroi airport transport webpage.

Compared to most airports around the world, Brussels Zaventem airport is fairy close to the city center. The distance is 12 kilometres (7 miles) and the fastest travel 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 in advance.

Brussels airport train

There is a train service from Brussels Zaventem Airport to Brussels Central Station every 10 minutes between 5am and midnight, 7 days a week. The ride takes 18 minutes and costs €12,70. 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 below.

Normal metro tickets are not valid for travel on the train transport 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. After arriving to the train platform in the basement of the airport terminal, scan the square QR code on the gate machine and you can then easily enter the train. Code must be printed on paper. It cannot be scanned from electronic screen. Use the reservation banner to reliably book your Brussels airport train seat.

Ordering process:

  1. We partner with the site "Tiqets" which processes electronic payments for orders from our site.
  2. Select your travel date and number of tickets on the ordering form. Then hit the yellow button and you will be redirected to the payment site "Tiqets".
  3. Insert your personal and payment information and follow the instructions.
  4. After the payment is processed you will receive an email with your tickets.
  5. Show these tickets to the personell in the train when asked.
  6. If you have any questions, the custommer service is available seven days a week.

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.

Brussels airport bus

Brussels airport to city center transport by bus

Every airport bus departs and arrives at the bus station at Level 0.

The Airport Line is a public transport Brussels airport bus that takes you to the European district, Luxemburg station 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 transfer to city center

To rent a car at Brussels Zaventem Airport use our Brussels car-rental webpage.

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.

Brussels Zaventem airport on map

The airport is located on the north-east side of the city.