Brussels is a multicultural, cosmopolitan and welcoming city. You’ll feel right at home!
The city is easily accessible by various modes of transportation, and there’s lots to visit!
Brussels: 162 km2
11 350 000 in Belgium, with 1 187 890 in Brussels
Temperate and maritime, with an average temperature of 18 ° Celsius (64 ° Fahrenheit) in summer and 3° Celsius (37 ° Fahrenheit) in winter.
GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer
Citizens of the European Union (except for the United Kingdom and Ireland) and Switzerland will need their identity card. Citizens of the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as those from countries outside of the European Union, will need a valid passport.
Bank machines are available throughout the city. Money can be withdrawn using your bank card. The logos of accepted card types are displayed on the machine. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 16:00. Some are also open on Saturday morning.
SHOPS OPENING HOURS
Shops are generally open from 10:00 until 18:00 or 19:00, from Monday to Saturday. On Fridays, some shops stay open until 20:00 or 21:00. In many parts of the city, some shops may stay open in the evening and/or be open on Sundays.
BRUSSELS AIRPORT Direct flights are available from more than 200 destinations. The Brussels Airport is only 20 minutes (12 km) from the city centre. www.brusselsairport.be. An information desk is situated in the airport’s arrivals hall. Tel: +32 2 753 77 53 or 0900 70 000 (0.50 €/min.)
LANGUAGE Depending on the region, signs are in French, in Dutch, or in both languages.
SPEED LIMITS 50 km/h in cities and 30 km/h in certain areas. 70 km/h or 90 km/h on other roads, and 120 km/h on motorways.
Brussels has an extensive network of railways, with regular train service and affordable fares.
BELGIAN RAILWAYS (SNCB/NMBS) Information service for SNCB Europe: the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Austria. Tel: + 32 70 79 79 79 (0.30 €/min). Weekdays from 8:00 to 20:00 and weekends and holidays from 9:00 to 16:30
The Brussels South railway station is a main hub for international train travel, and offers a variety of facilities and services for travellers
Arriving by train
THALYS: Book your train tickets to Brussels, from Paris or Amsterdam, directly via www.thalys.com 1 h 22 min from Paris – 24 trains per day 1 h 50 min from Amsterdam – 13 trains per day