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Brussels Airport, situated to the northeast of Belgium’s capital, Brussels, is the gateway to the northern hemisphere. This international airport, one of the busiest in Europe, has its origins in 1940, when a back-up airfield for the Germans was created when they occupied Belgium during the Second World War.
Brussels Airport (IATA code: BRU) is the busiest international airport in Belgium and the hub for Brussels Airlines. Flights to Brussels Airport are available from international airlines such as Air Canada, Air France and Hainan Airlines. BRU is a 20-minute drive or a 15-minute bus-ride from the city centre of Brussels.
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Brussels Airport is the 21st busiest airport in Europe, having welcomed more than 23 million residents through its doors in 2015. The capital of Belgium’s airport schedules flights to many of the countries of the northern hemisphere. In 1958, the airport began operating from where it sits today, taking over flights to and from Brussels from the civil aerodrome of Melsbroek (which is now the Melsbroek Air Base). Since the 1960s, the expansion of the airport increased, with the airport now operating from one multi-storey terminal.
Treat yourself to some retail therapy at Brussels Airport when you have some time. The large selection of shops, including duty-free outlets, sell a variety of products, including jewellery, fashion, confectionaries, gifts, refreshments, sportswear and gear, cosmetics, snacks for your flight and more.
Make sure to follow the baggage restrictions at this airport in Brussels. For any health concerns, a pharmacy is available.
Should you be feeling hungry after your flight, satisfy your appetite at the many restaurants, cafés and bars around Brussels Airport.
Several business lounges are available at Brussels Airport, operated by Brussels Airlines and British Airways. They include features such as showers, relaxation rooms and meeting rooms. The lounges are situated on Pier A, T-zone and Pier B.
Other facilities available at the airport include special assistance for disabled passengers (requests will have to be made 48 hours in advance), baggage trolleys, play areas for children, a lost and found area, free Wi-Fi, places of worship and drinking fountains (on Piers A and B).
Novotel Brussels Airport This 3-star hotel is a 5-minute drive or 5-minute bus ride from Brussels Airport. It includes features such as breakfast, a fitness centre, a business centre, a 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, a computer station, a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Free airport shuttles and free Wi-Fi are also available.
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel This large 4-star hotel is within walking distance of the airport. Its amenities include a health club, breakfast, a business centre, a 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, a front desk safe, laundry service, conference space, a restaurant and bar/lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available as well.
Tangla Hotel Brussels This 5-star luxury hotel is a 10-minute drive or a 25-minute bus ride from Brussels Airport. Its numerous amenities consist of an indoor pool, breakfast, a fitness centre, valet parking, air conditioning, meeting rooms, multilingual staff, a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available as well.
Make sure to order your foreign exchange 60 days in advance of your collection. All foreign exchange orders can only be collected in person.
The following documents are required when ordering foreign exchange.
• Valid passport
• Proof of residential address
• Copy of booking itinerary or booking reference number
• Copy of e-ticket or physical flight ticket
• ID document
Travelex foreign exchange offices are available in the departures hall, the arrivals hall, the baggage reclaims area, Pier A and Pier B. Travelex ATMs are available in the departures hall, at the T gate, Pier A and Pier B.
Brussels Airport has a variety of car parks, totalling 12,000, with 10,800 of them within walking distance of the terminal. They are available for short and long stays. [You can book your parking space on the airport’s website.
Brussels Airport sits 15 km to the northeast of Brussel’s city centre. Metred taxis, shuttles, buses, trains, Uber and car rental options are available to get you from the airport to your destination.
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Brussels Airport Physical Address: Leopoldlaan, 1930 Zaventem
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