Brussels Airport Transfers

If you are looking for the best way to get to your hotel from Brussels airport, read on!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Brussels Airport Transfers

Brussels Airlines plane about to land at Charleroi airport | ©Adi Sagi

The city of Brussels has two airports: Brussels-Zaventem and Charleroi. I will tell you how to get to your hotel from either of them:

Private transfer from Brussels-Zaventem to your hotel

Inside the Brussels-Zaventem airport terminal| ©Henri Sivonen
Inside the Brussels-Zaventem airport terminal| ©Henri Sivonen

If you do not want to worry about your arrival in Brussels and during the rest of your trip, you have the option of hiring directly the transfer between Zaventem airport and your hotel.

How it works

This option is the most convenient as a professional driver will pick you up on arrival at the airport without you having to look for cab, train or bus stops and, once your trip is over, he will pick you up at your hotel to take you back to the airport. Each trip lasts approximately 20 minutes to an hour depending on where your hotel is located and the traffic.

This option can be booked online as far in advance as you wish. When you make your reservation you will need to provide your hotel address and flight number and then all details will be confirmed by email. Please note that you can cancel this service free of charge up to 24 hours before your flight departure.


The price for both transfers is approximately 50 euros, but you can also book separately the pick-up at your hotel and the transfer to Zaventem airport on your return.


  • A more comfortable and faster trip than by train or bus.
  • A cheaper trip than hiring a cab at the airport.
  • Direct arrival at your hotel
  • A personalized pick-up service by a professional driver
  • A waiting period by your driver that guarantees you will continue to benefit from the service if your flight is delayed.
  • The availability of the transfer 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • A customer support service for any inconveniences
  • Sufficient space for your luggage
  • Avoid unnecessary waiting time at the airport

3. Private transfer from Charleroi to Brussels

Charleroi Airport Arrivals Terminal| ©Cha già José
Charleroi Airport Arrivals Terminal| ©Cha già José

If your flight arrives at Charleroi airport, you will have to take into account that it will take you about an hour to get to Brussels. If you choose public transportation, you can take the bus and train to reach the city center and from there to your hotel.

If you want to get to your hotel directly, there is no need to pay the approximately 90 euros that a cab can cost you; you can hire a private transfer from Charleroi airport to Brussels in advance, saving on costs and gaining in comfort:

How it works

The booking is done online: you just have to provide your flight number so that the driver meets you upon arrival at Charleroi airport and the address of your hotel so that he can take you to your hotel. It will take you approximately one hour to get to Brussels in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with enough space for your luggage.

If your flight is delayed, the driver will know and will wait for you for up to 90 minutes at no extra charge. This is one of the greatest guarantees offered by this service, which is also available every day of the week, 24 hours a day, regardless of when your flight arrives.

Return transfer from Brussels

This same service and under the same conditions is also available to get from your hotel in the center of Brussels to Charleroi airport once you finish your trip. You will also need to provide your flight details when booking online for the driver to pick you up in time to arrive at the airport, but without having to wait there for hours for the plane to depart.

Ana's Traveller Tip

For special needs such as extra luggage, please contact the company by email before your arrival so that they can take this into account.

4. Other options from Brussels-Zaventem airport

Express train to Brussels-Zaventem Airport| ©Matthew Black
Express train to Brussels-Zaventem Airport| ©Matthew Black

Public transport is not as convenient as private transport, but it is cheaper. If your hotel is centrally located and you don't mind spending a little more time on the transfer, the train or bus may be your best options.


Under the Brussels-Zaventem airport there is a station from which trains run 24 hours a day to the center of Brussels and other cities such as Bruges or Ghent. Using the train you can be in about 20 minutes in the center of Brussels and the ticket price is 9 euros (you can buy it there). There you can connect with the metro.


There are several lines that pass through Brussels airport. The ticket costs between 4 and 6 euros and you can buy it directly from the driver or at the machines located at the airport. Depending on where you want to go, one bus line or another will be more convenient: if you are going to the European area, choose lines 12 and 21 that pass through the Schuman metro stop, if you are going to the North station, the lines are 272 and 471.

5. Other options from Charleroi airport

Charleroi airport train station| ©Jeremy Segrott
Charleroi airport train station| ©Jeremy Segrott

Charleroi is a small airport, so you will have no trouble locating the train station and bus stops; the two means of public transport that take you to the center of Brussels.


At Charleroi airport there are buses that connect directly to the center of Brussels with the last stop being the South Station (Midi). These buses leave every 30 minutes from 8 am to 1 am and there is usually a long queue. The ticket costs 17 euros each way and the journey time is approximately one hour.


Yes, there is a train station in Charleroi, but it is not integrated with the airport. To get there you will have to use the Airport Express bus which takes about 20 minutes. Once at Charleroi train station you can get to any of the downtown stations (central, south or north) for 14 euros in about an hour.

Please note that you may have to wait once you arrive at the train station, as the frequency of trains is 30 minutes. It is a good option if you are traveling from Charleroi to other cities, but to get to Brussels it is somewhat cumbersome.

6. First tips for your arrival in Brussels

Get to know Brussels with guided tours| ©Mateo Krössler
Get to know Brussels with guided tours| ©Mateo Krössler

When to go

The high season in Brussels, as in most European countries, is the summer and spring as this is when the weather is more conducive to a tourist visit. In June, July and August prices can rise considerably, so if you choose them for your trip be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

What to bring

There is nothing that is essential to travel to Brussels since in the city you can buy everything you need for your trip, but I recommend that if you travel in winter bring gloves and warm clothes to withstand the cold.

How to get around the city

The city is quite easy to walk around and if you want to visit some places further away from the center you can use the metro. The Brussels metro consists of four lines and the single ticket costs about two and a half euros; you can buy it inside or at the machines located in the stations. You can always make use of their tourist buses, which I tell you all about here: Brussels Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.

What to eat

Although in any city it is interesting to try any dish of its gastronomy, my recommendation for Brussels is rather its star ingredient: chocolate. In few places chocolate has the quality and taste that it has in Belgium; during your trip you will find that it is the most popular souvenir.

The language

In Brussels the official languages are French and Flemish, but you will have no difficulty understanding English, especially in the more touristy areas.

Take a guided tour

One of the most important recommendations when getting to know Brussels, is that you do not stay only with the beauty of "its facade" but that you immerse yourself in its history and culture, as well as that you take a tour of its surroundings. I tell you about the best options for excursions and guided tours in my article on: Best Tours and Day Trips from Brussels.