Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections.

More than 60 million Europeans live within 300km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. For those who fly in, it takes only 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre. And when you have arrived, it’s easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot.

Since January 2021, Brussels is “30 city”. This means that the speed limit in the capital is 30 km/h for all road users. Exceptions to this rule are certain major roads (where the speed limit could be 50 or 70 km/h, look out for speed limit signs) and residential areas, where the speed limit is 20 km/h.

These speed limits apply to all road users (cars, vans, trucks, motorbikes, mopeds, buses, bicycles, scooters, etc.) Only trams, emergency services and snowploughs are not subject to the new speed limits.

Getting to Brussels

By plane

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport (BRU), also known as Zaventem-Airport, Bruxelles-National or Luchthaven Zaventem, serves domestic and international flights and is located about 12 km northeast of the main city centre.

Our Conference Hotel is just 5 minutes drive from the airport!

By car

Since January 1st 2018 the Brussels-Capital Region has become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), but the hotel is located just outside and transportation to ECTL HQ (just inside) will be provided. If you are entering the city in a car or van, check here to find out whether you are allowed to drive your vehicle within the LEZ. If you do not meet the conditions, we would remind you that there are park-and-ride car parks on the access routes leading into Brussels as well as alternatives to the car.

As of 1 January 2019, diesel vehicles under the Euro 2 standards and petrol vehicles without a EURO standard and of EURO 1 standard will also be banned. A transition period of three months is scheduled from 1 January to 31 March during which no fine will be sent to these newly banned vehicles. During this period, anyone driving one of these vehicles will receive a warning letter.

By train

You can easily connect to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from any Belgian railway station. If you select “Charleroi South Airport” as the departure or destination station, you will receive a combined Train + Bus ticket. With this ticket you can travel to Charleroi-South station by train, then take one of the many buses on Line A, which provides a direct link between the station and the airport terminal and takes just a few minutes. The ticket price includes the train and the bus transfer. A quick, efficient and great-value way to get your journey off to a flying start.

Trains to Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, one of the smallest yet charming capital cities in Europe, where almost everything worth a visit is within walking distance. Brussels is also the de facto home of the European Union, housing important institutions like the European Parliament, European Commission and Council of the European Union.

Where can I buy my ticket (up to 31 days in advance)?

  • Online
  • At the station, from the automatic ticket machines or the ticket office
  • There are three automatic ticket machines at the airport near the TEC bus boarding area, on the left of the terminal exit. You can buy a combined Bus + Train ticket or a ticket for the bus only if you already have an SNCB ticket.