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Transport and Roads

Belgium's transport system, both private and public, is densely developed. There is a closely-knit network of roads, airways and waterways.

How to reach Belgium? (Access to Brussels)

By car

Some of the main roads:
The Netherlands – France:
E19: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris
E25 : Amsterdam – Liège – Luxembourg
E411: Brussels – Luxembourg
France/Great Brittain – Germany:
E40: Ostend – Brussels – Liège – Cologne
E42 : London – Dunkerque – Lille – Namur – Liège – Trier
E429 : London – Dunkerque – Lille – Brussels

Some distances on the motorways between the main cities of Wallonia:
Brussels – Namur: 63 km
Brussels – Liège: 95 km
Brussels – Arlon: 187 km
Brussels – Sankt-Vith: 159 km
Liège – Namur: 57 km
Namur – Charleroi: 26 km

Distances from Brussels to other Belgian and European cities:
Amsterdam 204 km
Antwerpen 46 km
Charleroi 61 km
Köln 209 km
København 913 km
Düsseldorf 206 km
Eupen 131 km
Lille 113 km
London 318 km
Luxembourg 214 km
Milano 883 km
Mons 68 km
Paris 310 km
Strasbourg 434 km
Tournai 87 km

We'd like to remind you that Belgian motorways are free of charge!

The speed limits are:

- 120 km/h on the autoroute
- 90 km/h on 4 lane roads
- 50 km/h in the built-up area (therefore in Brussels)
Please be particularly vigilant as the vehicle on the right has precedence over any other vehicle
Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory in the front and in the back of the car

Road information:
Police: Federal police
In case of car trouble:
Touring Secours: 070/34.47.77 (national call)

8 park & ride are located on the outskirts of Brussels and enable you to take public transport and move around freely. For more info please check the portail Bruxelles Mobilité.


By train


There is a fast and direct connection by Thalys or Eurostar between Brussels and the following cities:
Brussels – Paris: 1h22 by Thalys, 25 times a day
Brussels – Amsterdam: 6 times a day by Thalys in 2h40
Brussels – London: 1h50 by Eurostar, up to 9 times a day
Brussels – Liège – Aachen - Cologne: 6 times a day by Thalys in 2h20

Information and reservation for your Thalys ride: Thalys

Information and reservation for your Eurostar ride: Eurostar

Belgium has the most dense railway network in the European Union. There are 28 stations in the Brussels-Capital Region, but the three largest, which are linked to virtually all European destinations, are:
- Brussels-Nord, which caters mainly for commuter traffic
- Bruxelles-Central, not far from the Grand Place, is an ideal stop for those wanting to visit the city centre
- Brussels-Midi, recently renovated, which is the station for international networks such as Thalys, Eurostar and the HST
SNCB Railway Transport

The train is a fast and easy way to travel in Wallonia. You find all information on the stations, timetables and rates on the website: The Belgian Railways - Homepage

By airplane

The airport of Brussels-National is located in Zaventem, at 12 kilometers from the city centre, on the northern outskirts of Brussels.
You can leave for hundreds of destinations, close by (France, the Netherlands, England…) or further away! On the website of the Airport of Brussels National, (Brussels Airport), you can find info on the service of the airport, and on all flights leaving from Brussels.

You can get info by telephone on the following numbers:

Information on flights and the airport services: 0900/70000 (€0.45/min)
BAC (Brussels Airport Company): +32.2.753.42.00

Over 140 airlines operate from this airport. For information about flights, you can contact Brussels-National airport on the following telephone numbers:
- from Belgium: 0900 / 70000 (€0.45/min)
- from abroad: +32.2.753.77.53

There is a second airport in Charleroi, known as Brussels South Charleroi Airport. It is located at 46 km of Brussels (trains, busses or taxis can take you there) and offers 26 European destinations, 8 of which are capital cities. New destinations from the airport: Malaga, Valencia, Nîmes, Faro, Salzburg, Madrid, Marseille, Grenoble, Turin, Ljubljana, Bucharest and Casablanca.
Directly linked to the city by more than 20 daily shuttles (Shuttles Charleroi Airport - Brussels Midi train station). The airport offers large range of services.
The construction of the New Terminal with a capacity of 3 million passengers, a car park with 5000 spots and the 10 tracks means new growth for the Charleroi airport.
You can find information on the website Brussels South Charleroi Airport or via the call center 071/251.211

A third Liège Airport is located in Bierset in the province of Liège

By bus/coach

The Eurolines coach company offers a wide range of coach journeys from around a hundred European cities to Brussels
Cars Eurolines

The Walloon and Flemish bus companies also provide bus services (public transport) to the capital. For the De Lijn bus services, you can consult the site De Lijn, select the paragraph ‘Reisinformatie’ (travel information), then the option ‘Reiswegplanner’ (route planner) and indicate your towns of departure and arrival.
Please check the site Société Régionale Wallonne for buses of the TEC Walloon network

How to get around

Compiled in collaboration with the CIRB CIBG BRIC - Centre for Informatics of the Brussels Region