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Cheap flights to Belgium are easy to come by, which makes jetting off for a few days even more appealing...
Take off from most UK airports and you can touch down in Belgium in less than an hour. Located to the north of France and due east of Kent, Belgium is often overlooked by those heading to Europe. The tempting charms of Paris and the heady nightlife and art of Amsterdam lure visitors who might otherwise be enchanted by Antwerp, Belgium’s “capital of cool”, or Brussels, which is more magical than its political prowess might lead you to believe. And don’t forget gorgeous little Bruges, where visitors fall under the spell of oodles of history, chocolate, beer and fairy-tale architecture.
So what are you waiting for? Find a flight to Belgium today and discover your new favourite European city.
The next question is: where will you land when you fly to Belgium? There are a few options detailed below in the “How to get there” section. We can also help you to get to and from the airport, with our brief guide to airport transfer services, while our advice on “Where to stay” should lead you to finding some of the best hotels in Belgium, whatever your style or budget.
Read on and find out everything you need to know and then use our price-comparison tool to find the best deals on a range of low-cost Belgium flights.
Most people flying into Belgium will arrive at one of Brussels’ two airports. The main airport close to the city or Charleroi, further south...
Brussels has two airports. The main international hub of Brussels Airport (BRU) is flown to by Brussels Airlines, with flights from major UK airports including London Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. British Airways also operates here from London Heathrow, while easyJet has departures from London’s Gatwick airport and bmi regional operates from East Midlands and Newcastle. A fast train service links the airport to the city centre.
Ryanair flights from Manchester and Edinburgh arrive at Brussels Charleroi, a good one-hour journey to the south of the city by connecting bus service or taxi.
Antwerp is also an increasingly popular airport for visitors to the country, driven in part by the jewellery business. VLM connects the city to Southampton while CityJet gets you into London City Airport.
All flights take around one hour from the UK.
Belgium’s airports are incredibly well connected to the cities nearby, so you won’t have any difficulty getting to where you want to be…
Most flights to Belgium from the UK arrive into one of these major airports: Brussels (BRU); Brussels South Charleroi (CRL); Antwerp (ANR); Ostend-Bruges (OST); and Liege (LGG).
These destinations are popular with both tourists and business travellers, which means there are plenty of options when it comes to getting into the nearby city.
From Antwerp Airport, for example, you can hop on the bus, board a train or hail a taxi to reach your destination. It is a 20-minute journey by taxi, costing roughly 20 euros. The other airports also have city connections via train, bus or taxi.
Alternatively, book car hire in Belgium and drive yourself to your destination. It’s a small country and the road network is straightforward. Car hire will also give you a chance to explore more of Belgium, while saving you money on the cost of public transport. You can collect a pre-booked hire car at any of the nation’s major airports. Use the TravelSupermarket search tool to find a cheap rate on Belgium car rental.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels in Belgium, with everything from cheap, clean rooms to opulent, luxury hotels…
Brussels is awash with palatial, five-star hotels where business leaders and political types demand the best in hospitality and service. These folks generally aren’t around at the weekend, so you might be able to bag a five-star hotel at a three-star price if you stay in Brussels on Friday and Saturday nights. Hotels in Brussels certainly aren’t cheap, but by booking in advance and staying at off-peak times you could find a bargain.
The cafes, art collections and chocolate shops (as well as the diamond dealers) of Antwerp also mean high hotel prices. Stay in the Medieval Old Town if you want to see the highlights of the city on foot.
In Bruges, the historic centre of the city is also the place to stay to be close to the best attractions and amenities. Hotels of all types can be found here, but they do fill up fast, especially around the peak visitor periods of summer and Christmas. So book as far in advance as possible to secure your dream hotel in Bruges.
Wherever you choose to stay during your break in Belgium, by using TravelSupermarket’s price-comparison prowess well before you travel it is possible to find low-cost deals for hotels in Belgium.