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Airports with direct flights to Brussels from the UK
Direct flights to Brussels are available from Belfast-City, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle airports.
Note that Brussels has two airports: Brussels International Airport (BRU) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL). Charleroi is a lot further from the city, so not a good option if you're flying for business or need a quick connection.
What airlines fly to Brussels from the UK?
Airlines that fly to Brussels include British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair and BMI Regional. Indirect flights are available from a selection of European airlines including Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss and Aer Lingus.
The city's main airport has one large terminal and is located about 7 miles from the city centre. It narrowly missed out on a place in Europe's 20 busiest airports, placing at 21. Currently the airport has two piers: one for Schengen and one for non-Schengen flights. Two more piers are in the pipeline: one for budget airlines and another for non-Schengen. The airport is connected to the city by train and bus. There's a taxi rank outside and car hire is also available.
This airport is nearly 30 miles away from the city centre. It's a favoured hub for budget airlines, particularly Ryanair who raised a scandal when the European Commission questioned the discounts offered to the airline by Charleroi. Shuttle buses are available from the airport, you can hire a car, or you can pay a €90* fixed fare for a taxi.
*Price correct as of May 2016
When to go to Brussels
Brussels is at its busiest during the summer. The best time to visit (and find cheap prices) is from March to May or September to October. The weather remains mild during spring and autumn, and you're more likely to get a great terrace table in the Grand-Place. Nature enthusiasts might want to plan their trip to catch the flower carpet. Once every two years the Grand Place is covered with a gorgeous carpet of flowers. The next events will be 2016, 2018 and 2020. Brussels is chilly during winter, but you can warm up at the Christmas market: one of the best in Europe.
What’s the weather like in Brussels?
Warm summers, chilly winters, and lots of rain. During July and August you can expect highs of 22°C while the mercury drops as low as 0°C during February. It's rainy throughout the year, with an average of 16 days of rain in the driest month (September) and 21 during the wettest month (December).
What to see and do in Brussels
Forget all you've heard about Brussels being dull. Funky flea markets and colourful street art collide with glitzy office blocks and perfectly manicured parks. There's nothing boring about the hipster cafes of St-Gilles, the Congolese Matonge quarter or the picturesque Grand-Place. This multi-cultural city has something to suit every taste: whether you're into food (need we mention Belgian chocolate?), art (this is the home of Tintin creator Herge and Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta) or simple sightseeing (the Atomium and Manneken Pis are pretty iconic).
Attractions: Grand-Place, Town Hall, Musical Instruments Museum, Manneken Pis, European Parliament, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Mini-Europe, Atomium, Astérix & Obelix Comic Strip Wall, Marolles flea market.
Locals guide: 10 best things to do in Brussels
Avoid the tourist traps with local tips on where to eat, drink and enjoy the view.
On the cheap: 10 things to do in Brussels on a budget
Take a free tour, munch street food, haggle yourself a bargain at the Marche du Midi, plus other wallet-friendly tips.
Further afield: 10 best things to do in Belgium
Where to stay – find hotels in Brussels
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Airports near Brussels
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