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Brussels (Zaventem) Airport

Brussels Airport, also referred to as Brussel-Nationaal, Bruxelles-National, Brussels-National or Zaventem, is an international airport northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

IMPORTANT: Brussels South Charleroi Airport, also called Charleroi Airport or Gosselies Airport, is also an international airport, yet located in Gosselies, a part of the city of Charleroi, 46 km south of central Brussels, in Wallonia.

We strongly recommend booking your flights with arrival/departure destination Brussels-Zaventem. Tickets might be a bit more expensive, but you will gain time and costs in transfers from and to the airport.

Antwerp Airport (IATA: ANR) – CityJet is the main airline serving Antwerp Airport, flying three times daily to London City Airport (LCY). There is a regular bus from Antwerp Airport to Berchem train station from where there are multiple connections to the city centre. A taxi costs around €15. 

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU) – Every hour, there is a direct bus to and from the airport which costs €10 one way. It stops in Antwerp in front of Radisson Blu. Hourly direct trains link Antwerp Central station with Brussels Airport, with a travel time of approximately 35 minutes (45 minutes on weekends and public holidays). Single adult tickets are around €15.

Charleroi Airport (IATA: CRL) – Marketed as Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the airport is a low-cost hub, served mainly by Ryanair and WizzAir. An express bus (line A) connects it to Charleroi Sud (South) train station, from where there are train connections to anywhere in Belgium. SNCB/NMBS (Belgian Railways) sell a combined express-bus plus train ticket: from Antwerp Central station the trip takes two hours and costs about €20.

Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS) – There are two options to take the train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Antwerp Central station. Firstly, the regular intercity Amsterdam - Brussels service runs 16 times daily. You can buy tickets using a credit card at the ticketing machines in the Schiphol arrival hall. Payment with cash is also possible at the counter, or you can book in advance through SNCB/NMBS (Belgian Railways). A single ticket costs about €25. The second option is the bright red high-speed Thalys train Amsterdam - Paris, which also connects Schiphol Airport with Antwerp Central station, in half the time it takes the regular train, but at twice the price. Best to book your seat at least a week beforehand, since buying a ticket on the spot will turn out to be even more expensive. Keep in mind that the regular intercity and the Thalys are run by different companies, but their trains leave from the same platforms. Whatever you do, do not jump on a Thalys train with a regular intercity ticket or vice versa. Thalys and regular train tickets are not interchangeable, and you will be fined for riding without valid ticket.

Düsseldorf Airport (IATA: DUS) – Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport of Germany. There is no easy train connection to Antwerp, although Deutsche Bahn (Germany National Railways) operates a bus service that connects Antwerp directly to Düsseldorf Airport three times a day. Tickets can be booked through Deutsche Bahn.
Antwerp Central is one of the few railway stations in Europe with its own IATA code (ZWE). Many airlines can therefore offer integrated tickets directly to Antwerp. Depending upon demand and time of travel, these can turn out to be much cheaper than flying to the nearest airport and buying a separate train ticket. In practice you will then first fly to Amsterdam, Paris or Düsseldorf Airport. After collecting your luggage, you register at the transfer desk to collect a "boarding pass" for a high-speed train or bus connection to Antwerp.