TRANSPORTATION TO BRUSSEL

TRANSPORTATION TO BRUSSEL

Flights: Brussels International Airport (BRU; 753 42 21 or 723 31 11; www.brussel- sairport.be) is 14km from the city. See www.flysn.be for info on SN Brussels Airline, the Belgian national carrier. Trains run to the airport from Gare du Midi (25min. every 20min. ‚2.50), stopping at Gare Centrale and Gare du Nord. Another option is to take bus #12 to the airport (every 30min.; 5am-llpm, Sept.-June until midnight; ‚3). Char leroi Brussels South (CRL; 71 25 12 11; www.charleroi-airport.com) is 46km outside the city, between Brussels and Charleroi. Buses run to the airport from r. de France just outside the Gare du Midi in Brussels (22hr. before each flight, ‚10). Buses head to Brussels and Charleroi from outside the main terminal 30min. after each flight (‚10). Trains: Info 555 25 55. All international trains stop at the Gare du Midi; most also stop at the Gare Centrale (near Grand Place) or the Gare du Nord (near the Botanical Gardens). To: Amsterdam (3hr.; M-F ‚57, Sa-Su ‚38); Antwerp (45 min.; M-F ‚11, Sa- Su ‚7); Bruges (45min.; M-F ‚22, Sa-Su ‚14); Cologne (23Namur and Rogier metro stops. Open M-Sa 10am-6pm. Bus: De Boeck offers a tourist bus that allows you to get on and off at any of 14 major sites. Tickets are good for 24hr.; purchase them aboard the big blue bus. (513 77 44; www.brussels-city-tours.com. ‚14, students ‚12.) Hitchhiking: Hitchhiking is illegal on highways in Belgium. Let's Go does not recommend hitchhiking as a reliable means of transport. [gallery ids=""]

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