A complete itinerary for a day in Brussels (+ map with all attractions, popular tours and where to eat the best fries and waffles).
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the European Union. It's a multicultural city known for its waffles, beer and diverse architecture.
Located on the border between the Flemish and French regions of Belgium, the city is bilingual. The name of each street is written in two languages – French and Dutch. Also, most speak fluent English.
A day trip in Brussels
How to get around Brussels in one day? Where can you find the best waffles, chocolate and beer? This full-day Brussels itinerary showcases the best of the city in 24 hours.
To explore the city with a guide, thisFree tour of Brusselsit is the best choice. You will discover the main attractions, the history of the city and the Belgian monarchy with an expert guide.
Find a detailed map of this route in Brussels (with all the attractions and restaurants) at the end of the article.
My favorite place to stay in Brussels isCity Hotel Pillows. I liked the rooms - spacious and comfortable. Also, the location couldn't be more perfect - just a 5-minute walk from the Grand Place and the train station.
Have you already booked a hotel?
See if your hotel is in a good area in my guidewhere to live for the first time in brussels.
Always book tours or skip the lineget your guideoTiqets(you get onemobile ticket + free cancellation).Tickets from official attraction websites are generally non-refundable.
One day in Brussels (perfect itinerary)
- Start the day with breakfast at Boulangerie Charli
- See the best of Europe in Mini-Europe
- Climb to the top of the Atomium
- Stop for a delicious meal at the Chicago Café
- Taste the best waffles in Brussels at Vitalgaufre
- Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and Saint Gudula
- Go shopping at Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
- Try the fries from Friterie Tabora
- Admire the architecture of the Grand Place
- Se Manneken Pis
- End your day in Brussels with Belgian beer and Flemish beef stew
I used it to plan my tripDK Eyewitness Brussels Travel Guide. I love their travel guides as they have practical information, walking tours and a robust map!
Have breakfast at Boulangerie Charli
08:00 – 09:00
Start the day with breakfast atCharlie's BakeryoKaffabar.
Boulangerie Charli is the perfect place for a quick breakfast with a croissant and a cup of coffee. Pain aux raisins and croissant aux amandes are very good.
Visit Kaffabar for a richer breakfast.
See the best of Europe in Mini-Europe
09:30 - 11:00
Mini-Europe is a miniature park with replicas of monuments from all over Europe. There are over 350 buildings represented from over 80 countries. A great way to see the best of Europe all in one place!
You can make a reservationadvance tickets here.
Although it is a little outside the city center, you can easily reach it using the metro. Just follow the instructions below (after breakfast at Boulangerie Charli):
- Take metro line 1 (direction Gare de l'Ouest/Brussel-West) from Sainte Catherine/Sint-Katelijne to Beekkant – 3 stops. Another option is to take metro line 5 (direction Erasme/Erasmus) from Sainte Catherine/Sint-Katelijne to Beekkant – 3 stops.
- From there, transfer to line 6 (direction Roi Baudouin/Koning Boudewijn) from Beekkant to Heysel – 8 stops.
- Mini-Europe is approximately 300 meters from the last metro stop.
Visit Mini-Europe before the Atomium, as it opens half an hour earlier (except in winter when it opens at 10am). Also, there are fewer people right after opening, so photo opportunities are better.
Climb to the top of the Atomium
11h10 – 12h00
The Atomium is one of the must-see sights in Brussels. It was made for herThe World's Fair in 1958(Expo 58). The structure is not designed to last more than 6 months. However, it quickly became very popular and one of the main attractions of the city.
Atomium represents an elemental iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. There is a museum dedicated to Expo 58 inside the Atomium. An elevator takes you to the top of the structure, where you'll find a great view and a restaurant.
Queues can be very long, especially in high season. So it's better to make a reservation.Atomium tickets in advance. If you don't book in advance, visit this attraction first thing in the morning.
Stop for lunch at the Chicago Café
12:00. – 14h00
Return to the city center (and get off at Sainte Catherine/Sint-Katelijne metro station). For lunch you can choose fromchicago coffeeeSea of the North Sea of the North.
If you like seafood, Noordzee Mer du Nord is the best choice. However, remember that it is a street restaurant and there are no indoor tables.
If it's cold outside or if you need to rest after half a day of sightseeing, the Chicago Café is the place to be. The smoked salmon toast and the veal steak are very good.
After lunch, stop for some waffles at theVitalgaufre. They serve the best waffles in Brussels. We ordered chocolate and strawberry. Both tasted great!
Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and Saint Gudula
14h00 – 14h30
To the Cathedral of Agios Michael and Ag. Gudulait is a fantastic example of the Brabant Gothic style. Construction of the church began in the 13th century and was completed 300 years later, in 1519. Its impressive interior is decorated with breathtaking stained glass windows.
Go shopping at Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
14h40 – 15h10
Saint-Hubert Royal Galleriesit is a magnificent shopping arcade from the 19th century. This is also the place to go if you are looking for good chocolate. One of my favorite chocolate shops here is Neuhaus Galerie de la Reine.
To experience gourmet chocolate, buy achocolate tasting tour. You'll visit the best chocolatiers in town and even make your own chocolates.
Try the fries from Friterie Tabora
15:10 – 15:30
You can't spend a day in Brussels without tasting the famous Belgian fries. And the best place to do that istabora chip shop. Fries are served with your choice of sauce and are available in two different sizes. I just loved their cheese sauce. But if you want to try the traditional version, opt for mayonnaise.
Admire the architecture of the Grand Place
03:30. – 16:00
The Grand Place has been the beating heart of the city for centuries. It is the city's central square and one of the must-see places. The square is surrounded by magnificent guild houses, the Town Hall and the Royal House.
The Town Hall is the most impressive building on the Grand Place. You can only visit it on a guided tour every Wednesday and Sunday.
Wednesday (1pm: French, 2pm: English, 3pm: Dutch)
Sunday (10:00: Dutch, 11:00: English, 12:00, 14:00: French, 15:00, 16:00: English)
You can buy tickets at the tourist office on the Grand Place.
If you visit the city in August, don't miss the flower carpet. It's a big event that happens once every two years. A large carpet of begonias is laid out on the Grand Place.
In December, a Christmas tree is erected here. In addition, there is a Northern Lights show from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Visiting the city in winter? check outbest christmas market in brussels.
Se Manneken Pis
04:10 – 16:30
Manneken Pis is the city's most popular attraction. It's a small font representing a boy peeing, hence the name. Manneken Pis has its own wardrobe and you can see it dressed in a different outfit several times a week.
Don't expect anything big though. The bronze fountain is really small – only 61 cm high.
Try a Belgian beer
You cannot end the day without trying some of the famous Belgian beers. Visit Moeder Lambic Fontainas or Delirium Monasterium for a unique selection of beers.
To try the most famous beers, join abeer tasting experience. You will learn the history behind the famous Trappist beer and taste 8 different beers.
Moeder Lambic Fontainas offers a wide range of Belgian and foreign beers. I tried the De Ranke Père Noël which was amazing. You can also order charcuterie and cheese boards. The atmosphere was really cool with good music.
However, Delirium Monasterium has a beer list that contains over 2000 different beers!
Try a Flemish Beef Stew
End this day in Brussels with dinner atNuetnigenoughoIt's good, it's Belgian.
Nuetnigenough is a small restaurant offering traditional hearty food with a good selection of beers. We had the Flemish Beef Stew and Beef Meatballs with Stoemp, both excellent.
The only downside is that they don't take reservations and the service was quite slow. Please arrive 5 minutes before opening time to secure a table. We went right after opening and there was already a 40 minute queue.
C'est Bon C'est Belge is a typical Belgian restaurant with excellent food and a charming atmosphere. We ordered the Belgian tasting menu, which includes many popular meals. The Flemish stew with meatballs was one of the best I had in Brussels.
More ideas for a day in Brussels
If you have more time, check out these tourist attractions.
Our Lady of Laken Church
King Leopold I built the church in memory of his wife Queen Louise-Marie. She is buried in the crypt with other members of the Belgian royal family. The adjacent cemetery is known as the Belgian Père Lachaise.
There are three urinating statues in the Belgian capital. Het Zinneke is the most popular after Manneken Pis. Represents a dog urinating in full size. It's nothing remarkable, but if you're in the area, you might want to check it out (especially if you're a dog person).
The third statue is Jeanneke Pis (the girl who pees).
Oroyal palaceit is a must if you visit the city in summer. It is only open from July 21st to September.
This 19th-century palace served as the official residence of the royal family until 1831. After that, Leopold I moved the royal court to Laeken Palace.
Belgian Royal Art Museums
If you are an art lover, this museum is a must. The exhibits feature more than 20,000 works of art from the 15th to the 21st century.
Church of Our Lady of Sablon
It is a beautiful Gothic church from the 15th century.
Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History
It is one of the largest military museums in Europe. The exhibits showcase 12 centuries of history through military equipment and machinery. Don't miss the panoramic view of the city from the terrace at the top of the Cinquantenaire gallery.
Museum of Natural Sciences
The Natural History Museum has the largest collection of dinosaurs in Europe.
train the world
If you like trains, Train World is a must. This interactive museum features a wide range of trains, including the oldest preserved locomotive in Belgium.
buy yoursTrain World ticket in advance here.
Halleporten is a 14th century fortified city gate. It is the only gate that has survived from the medieval city wall. Today, the fairytale fortification houses a museum. Don't forget to take the audio guide, as most of the descriptions are in French.
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The Arcade du Cinquantenaire is a magnificent triple arch, commissioned by Leopold II of Belgium.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the largest Catholic churches in Europe. You can climb to the top of its beautiful green dome for panoramic views of the city.
How to save on your Brussels itinerary
OBrussels mapit's a great way to save money (especially at museums).
The card contains:
- free entry to 39 museums
- Free use of the public transport system (STIB)
- discounts on sightseeing tours and attractions (including Atomium and Mini-Europe)
- discounts at restaurants and shops
The card is for you if:
- they have at least a day and a half or two to spend in brussels
- you plan to visit many museums
- plans to use public transport a lot
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travel to brussels
find a detailedmap of this route here.
The city is pretty quiet, so you probably won't be using public transport much. But to go to Mini-Europe and the Atomium you have to take the subway.
I usedSTIB-MIVB Single Ticket(€2.40 for a single trip). You can buy it from a ticket machine at every metro station. This ticket is a contactless card valid for the entire STIB network (except the Bourget-Brussels airport section). It is one and the same for all public transport.
Plan your city tour using itSTIB travel planner.
How to get to Brussels
Brussels is easily accessible by train from Bruges, Ghent or any major European city. The main railway station is less than 5 minutes' walk away from the historic center. Brussels Midi Station is approximately 2 km away. from the Grand Place. You can check times and buy tickets online atSNCB official website.
With the car
If you come by car, it is best to choose accommodation with free parking. There is no free parking in the city center during the day. You can findhere is a list of parking spacescity center.
To get the best car rental price,check rentcars(they compare offers from all major companies, offering the best price).
There are two international airports - Zaventem Airport and Charleroi Airport.
The easiest way to reach the city center is to book a private transfer directly to your hotel. IWe recommend this airport transfer(over 12,370 good reviews).
Zaventem Airport (BRU)it is 12 km northeast of the city. The easiest way to reach the city center is by takingthe direct train from the airportat the main train station. The airport's train station is located under the Arrivals and Departures Halls, on level -1. There are up to 6 trains per hour and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. You can also travel withbus (mere information from her).
Charleroi Airport (CRL)it is about 50 km south of the city. The easiest way to reach the city center is bytaking the bus. In addition to Brussels, there is a direct connectionbus to Bruges and Gentalso.
The bus departs every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately 1 hour. Note that there is only one bus every 30 minutes. Therefore, if you are not lucky enough to be at the front of the queue, you will have to wait for the next bus. The bus stops at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid.
It is advisable to book your tickets online as early as possible. The price starts at €5 (if you order in advance) and goes up to €14. Unfortunately I didn't know this before my trip, so I paid the full price of €14. If you decide not to book online, the ticket costs €17 at the ticket office.
Day trips from Brussels
It's a charming medieval town, just 1 hour away by train. It is a perfect destination for a day. For the best experience, follow my itinerary toone day in bruges.
How to get to Bruges
Take a train from Brussels Central Station to Bruges Railway Station. From there it's approx. 1 km from the historic center.
Ghent is a small medieval town with a beautiful castle. To see the best of the city in a short time, follow myGent Itinerary.
The fastest way to get there is by train (40 minutes journey). It will take you about 1 hour by car. Ghent is ideal for a day trip.
If you're short on time and want to visit both Bruges and Ghent in one day, take an organized tour. Thatday trip to Bruges and Ghentit is well organized and very informative.
If you plan to visit Ghent and Bruges by train,buy a rail pass. Applies to 10 single tickets in 2nd class (can be used by 2 people). I only used the pass on 8 trips and saved a lot. Please note that you must write each route in your passport, so please bring a pen.
How to get to Ghent
Take a train from Brussels Central Station to Gent-Sint-Pieters train station. From there, you can take the tram (line 1) or walk 2 km to the city center.
Antwerp is a medieval port with a fantastic cathedral. It's a 40-50 minute train ride. If you plan on spending the night, you better check it out.Hotels in the center of Antwerp.
How to get to Antwerp
Take a train from Brussels Central Station to Antwerp Railway Station. From there, it's a short walk to the city center.
It is the capital of France (1 hour and 30 m by train). There's a lot to see, so it's best to spend at least a few days there. Find out more in my full roadmap for4 days in Paris.
How to get to Paris
Take a TGV train from Brussels-Midi/Zuid station to Paris Gare du Nord. From there you can take the metro to the city center.
How many days in Brussels?
Is one day in Brussels enough?
One day in Brussels is enough to stroll through the historic city center. You will be able to see some of the most popular sights such as the Grand Place and Manneken Pis.
However, to follow my itinerary, I suggest adding an overnight stay. You should start your day early as the Atomium and Mini-Europe are outside the city centre. It will be difficult (and tiring) to see everything if you visit Brussels on a day trip.
What if I have less than a day in Brussels?
If you plan to visit Brussels on a day trip from Bruges, skip the Atomium or Mini-Europe (or both) and just explore the historic center.
And finally, I suggest that you don't spend all your time in Brussels, but take a day trip to Bruges, Ghent or Antwerp. The three cities are very beautiful with a lot of medieval charm.
The best time to visit Brussels
For sunny and pleasant weather, visit from May to September. The high season is between June and August. To avoid the crowds, visit in late spring or early fall.
every two summersevent flower mattakes place in mid-August.
Winters are wet and cold, with few hours of daylight. However, December is a good time to visit Brussels because of the Christmas markets.
Practical information about Brussels
Belgium is part of the Schengen agreement (the European zone without borders). Therefore, you do not need a Belgian visa, but a Schengen visa. If your country is part of the Schengen Agreement, you only need a valid passport or identity document.
You cancheck and iVisawhether you need a visa and exactly what kind. What I liked about iVisa is that they offer an easy and fast process to get a visa online. The application takes no more than 5 minutes!
The official currency of Belgium is the euro. Although credit cards (mainly Visa and Mastercard) are widely accepted in Brussels, you will need cash. Some locations only accept card transactions of a certain amount. Small restaurants or stores may only accept cash. American Express is also not popular and is not accepted in most places.
Belgium has three official languages - French, German and Dutch. Brussels is located in the Wallonia region of the country (the French-speaking part of Belgium). But most people are also fluent in English. If you want to learn some French, check outthis french phrasebook(It is one of the best rated).
Belgium operates with a supply voltage of 230 V and 50 Hz. The relevant plug types are C and E.
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A day in Brussels (My personal itinerary 2023)? ›
The good news is that Brussels is a compact city that can be easily explored on foot. Therefore, only having 1 day in Brussels, is enough time to visit the main sites and try some of Belgium's delicious food…and Belgium beer, of course! Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium and a very business-oriented city.Is 1 day enough for Brussels? ›
The good news is that Brussels is a compact city that can be easily explored on foot. Therefore, only having 1 day in Brussels, is enough time to visit the main sites and try some of Belgium's delicious food…and Belgium beer, of course! Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium and a very business-oriented city.How can I spend one day in Brussels? ›
- Arriving in Brussels. ...
- 11:30 – The Grand Palace. ...
- 12:30 – The Waffle Factory. ...
- 14:00 – MOOF Museum. ...
- 15:45 – Late lunch. ...
- 17:00 – Sightseeing, Belgium-style. ...
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- Time to head home.
Like many European capitals, there's so much to see and do in Brussels that wouldn't possibly fit in just one day. But don't worry, The Belgium capital is a relatively small city, which makes it possible to see all the main attractions and get a good feel in just 24 hours.How many days is enough for Brussels? ›
Wondering how long do you need in Brussels? Ideally, 2 days is enough to explore the primary city attractions like the Grand Place, a couple of museums, food and chocolate making workshops, and more. With 2 days in Brussels, you can also explore places like the Atomium and Mini Europe located in the city's outskirts.Can you do Brussels in half a day? ›
There is quite a lot you can see in Brussels in half a day, if you come prepared. The city centre is walkable, and the main touristic sights are located not far from each other. You need to know where to go, what to see and most importantly what to eat.Is Brussels a walkable city? ›
Brussels is a walkable city
The main tourist areas are within walking distance, although some require a steep walk uphill.
Many shops and restaurants in Brussels accept credit cards, but not all. It is, therefore, recommended that you either ask before you order or ensure you have enough in cash to cover the bill. Most shops and restaurants do not accept €200 or €500 notes.
In general, Brussels is a better option for those looking for a lively, big city to explore. On the other hand, Bruges is great for those after a charming and compact town to visit. While the cities are close to each other in the distance, you may only have time to visit one and are stuck trying to make a decision.How much money do you need per day in Belgium? ›
How much money will you need for your trip to Belgium? You should plan to spend around €142 ($155) per day on your vacation in Belgium, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €42 ($46) on meals for one day and €17 ($19) on local transportation.
Which month is best to travel Brussels? ›
March to May: This is the best time to visit Brussels as the weather is pleasant and the temperatures range between 8 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius. This is a great time to go sightseeing around the city as it is not very crowded and also you're likely to get deals on hotels and flights.How many meals a day in Belgium? ›
Mealtime. A typical Belgian family has three meals a day, eating breakfast and dinner together and lunch at school or work.Is Brussels worth a day trip from Paris? ›
The city offers tons of things to do and see. A day trip from Paris to Brussels won't be enough to reveal everything, but you'll be able to feel the unique charm of the city. However, if you follow the advice in this comprehensive guide, we bet you'll maximize your time and admire both capitals in one trip.Which is better to visit Antwerp or Brussels? ›
The choice between Antwerp and Brussels depends on your personal preference. If you prefer a city with a rich heritage and historical and political importance, go to Brussels. If you prefer a city with a vibrant atmosphere and lively energy, Antwerp is your best bet.Is it better to stay in Bruges or Ghent? ›
Overall, Bruges is more memorable, the tourist zone is bigger with more to do, and the food is better. Ghent has one small area that is breathtaking...but it's small and can be seen in about two to three hours. Beyond that, it's not nearly as picturesque as Bruges. Save Ghent for your second trip to Belgium.What is Brussels best known for? ›
What is Brussels Most Famous For? Brussels is Belgium's quintessential capital city, full of Art Deco taverns, unique Flemish art, towering Gothic cathedrals, and quaint guild houses.Can you do Brussels and Bruges in one day? ›
Brussels and Bruges are only about an hour apart by train, so it is possible to do a day trip to Bruges from Brussels. However, we would really recommend spending the night to experience the city's nightlife and the calm that comes after some of the day trippers depart.Can you wear shorts in Brussels? ›
If you're visiting charming villages, the coast or smaller towns, you can dress a lot more casually. Shorts and a tee work just fine throughout the city, though you might be swayed into dressing slightly more romantic as you see Europeans in incredible fashion walk by.Do you tip in Brussels? ›
There's no need to tip in Belgium
Tipping in Belgium isn't a standard practice, nor is it expected, as most service staff are paid a fair living wage. Furthermore, most restaurants automatically include a 10–15% tip in the bill.
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Can you speak English in Brussels? ›
English in Brussels
Brussels is a melting pot of cultures and English is widely understood, thanks to the many diplomats and internationals who call Brussels their home. It's also pretty normal to use English as a common ground for Dutch and French speakers if they don't speak each other's languages.
Key Takeaways. European travelers should always have some cash on hand; getting it from an ATM abroad is usually the easiest, most advantageous way. If you need cash from an ATM, it's usually better to use a debit card, because credit cards often charge a high interest rate for a cash advance.Is it better to exchange money or use credit card? ›
Credit cards typically provide better exchange rates than what you'll get from ATM machines and currency stands. Depending on your card issuer, your purchases might automatically qualify for insurance. This coverage doesn't simply apply to consumer goods — it also covers travel delays and lost luggage.Is it better to get euros in US or Europe? ›
If you use a US credit card in France, Italy, Spain, or another European country, you may be wondering whether to pay in euros or dollars on an American credit card. The short answer is: Always pay in the local currency (Euros), which allows your bank to set the exchange rate, and it will always be a better option.What is the most picturesque city in Belgium? ›
1. Bruges. Bruges is the fairy tale destination that charms visitors with its picturesque mediaeval charm. Justifiably dubbed 'the Venice of the North', there's no doubt that Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium.Are there Ubers in Brussels? ›
Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Brussels
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On 9 February 2022, the Belgian social security authorities have confirmed that the tax free allowances (up to a maximum of 30%, with an absolute maximum of EUR 90.000) granted to expats under the new special tax regime are exempted from employee and employer social security contributions.Should I bring cash to Belgium? ›
If you are travelling to Belgium, it is good to bring at least a few Euros with you to use until you can get to a cash machine. Traveller's Cheques used to be popular, however many places don't accept them anymore. Take your credit and/or debit card with you for purchases and cash.How much is a cup of coffee in Belgium? ›
A coffee is about 2.50-3 euros, for a small cup and there are no free refills, same for tea and soft drinks!What is the rainiest month in Belgium? ›
On average Belgium gets more rainfall than the UK and slightly less than the Netherlands, the rainiest months are July (mid-summer) and December (early winter).
What should I wear in Brussels weather? ›
Layers are a great solution for coping with changes in temperature e.g. jacket, sweater, shirt, t-shirt – especially in Spring and again in Fall. In the winter months of December, January and February dress warmly, with layers, and take a warm smart coat, scarf and gloves.Is 3 days in Brussels too much? ›
As a minimum, we recommend 3-4 days in Belgium. With 3 days, you can briefly visit the most beautiful cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges. If you have 4 days, you can also visit some of the famous Belgian war sites.What is the most common breakfast in Belgium? ›
One of the greatest myths about Belgium is that their staple breakfast is waffles. But the truth of the matter is that the most eaten and most famous breakfast item of Belgium is bread with cheese, jam, honey, cream cheese, or Nutella. A variety of cheese that Belgians usually prefer to indulge in is Gouda.What is Belgium's favorite food? ›
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- Stew. Waterzooi. Ghent. ...
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- Dessert. Liège Waffle. Liège. ...
- Stew. Carbonnade. Flanders.
Moules frites (or moules et frites) is a traditional Belgian dish made with mussels and fries. Like waffles and Belgian frites, it's one of the most popular dishes in Belgium and widely considered to be a national dish.Is the train from Paris to Brussels Scenic? ›
Paris to Brussels Train Information
The train route from Paris to Brussels is one of the fascinating ways to travel since this route passes through numerous picturesque landscapes, such as majestic mountains and emerald green hills.
The average train time from Brussels to Paris is 1h 24m, although it takes just 1h 22m on the fastest direct Thalys services. There are around 24 trains per day running from Brussels in Belgium to Paris in France, the first train leaves from Brussels Midi at 06:00 and the last train leaves at 22:16.Is there a normal train from Brussels to Paris? ›
It takes an average of 1h 22m to travel from Brussels to Paris by train, over a distance of around 164 miles (264 km). There are normally 22 trains per day travelling from Brussels to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €9 when you book in advance.Should I go to Bruges or Antwerp? ›
Bruges is famous for its fairytale feel, canals and picturesque old town. Antwerp on the other hand is famous for its port, diamonds and historic city centre. Each city oozes character and charm but both give visitors different experiences of Belgian life.Where should I base in Belgium? ›
Where should you base yourself in Belgium? Thanks to its excellent train connections, Brussels is one of the best cities to base yourself in Belgium. However, if you are in Belgium for one week, I recommend splitting your time between Brussels and Ghent, Antwerp or even Bruges.
Which is better Ghent or Antwerp? ›
In terms of population, Antwerp is twice the size of Ghent so if you are looking for a city with an intimate feel, Ghent might suit you better. Ghent is also more picturesque than Antwerp. However, if you are looking for lots of things to do and the buzz of a big city, Antwerp ticks these boxes.Is a day trip to Bruges enough? ›
1 day in Bruges is completely enough to explore its historic centre. If you follow this itinerary you can cover the main attractions only in a day. Nevertheless, it's worth staying at least one night to see the city at night time. The historic buildings are beautifully illuminated in the evenings.Is one day enough for Ghent? ›
One day is enough time to visit Ghent if that's all you have. After all, this will give you sufficient time to see the city's major attractions, test out a few pubs and restaurants, and snap photos of the top things to do.Can you visit Bruges and Ghent same day? ›
Bruges and Ghent are two charming, small towns in Belgium, each just a short train ride away from Brussels. In a perfect world, Bruges and Ghent each deserve their own day for exploring. However, if you are short on time, you can visit Bruges and Ghent in one day.What is the most famous food in Brussels? ›
Moules-frites is the unofficial national dish in Belgium and can be found everywhere almost year-round. These North Sea mussels are fleshier than those in France and they are cooked in a classic vegetable broth or in traditional Belgian Beer.What are 5 things Belgium is famous for? ›
Belgium is world-famous for its chocolate, waffles, beer, and its national football team, the Red Devils. Belgium is also home to NATO headquarters and to the EU Commission and European Parliament. Brussels is often referred to as the capital of the EU. Do people speak English in Belgium?Is Brussels worth a day trip from Amsterdam? ›
Such a cool day trip from Amsterdam, I definitely recommend, as you get to see the Brussels city centre with a walking tour and the bus also goes to the Atomium! The guide was really good, and I recommend trying the cherry beer (it actually is super red) :D.Is one day in Bruges enough? ›
1 day in Bruges is completely enough to explore its historic centre. If you follow this itinerary you can cover the main attractions only in a day. Nevertheless, it's worth staying at least one night to see the city at night time. The historic buildings are beautifully illuminated in the evenings.Is 1 hour layover enough in Brussels? ›
1. Re: Is a one hour layover enough? Normally yes, as long as this would be a single ticket (Budapest -Tel Aviv via BRU) with luggage checked all the way to Tel Aviv, as the "legal connection time" at BRU is 50 mins even when changing Piers (A to B) as in your case.Is Bruges or Brussels better? ›
In general, Brussels is a better option for those looking for a lively, big city to explore. On the other hand, Bruges is great for those after a charming and compact town to visit. While the cities are close to each other in the distance, you may only have time to visit one and are stuck trying to make a decision.
Is Brussels nicer than Amsterdam? ›
Both capital cities have tonnes to do for tourists. Brussels is famous for Tintin, luxury chocolate, brilliant beer and the European Union. Amsterdam on the other hand is famous for its beautiful houses, coffee shops, canals and nightlife. Each city has a unique character and charm but give two different experiences.How long is the direct train from Brussels to Amsterdam? ›
The average train time from Brussels to Amsterdam is 2h 6m, although it takes just 1h 45m on the fastest Thalys services.What is the best way to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam? ›
The fastest way to get from Brussels to Amsterdam is by Thalys trains. The high-speed train connection provides daily connections between Belgium and The Netherlands. The Thalys train departing from Brussels reaches Amsterdam Central Station in less than 2 hours.Is Bruges or Ghent better? ›
Overall, Bruges is more memorable, the tourist zone is bigger with more to do, and the food is better. Ghent has one small area that is breathtaking...but it's small and can be seen in about two to three hours. Beyond that, it's not nearly as picturesque as Bruges. Save Ghent for your second trip to Belgium.Do you need more time in Bruges or Brussels? ›
Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Brussels and Bruges. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Brussels than Bruges. The ideal length of time for a trip to Brussels is 1-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Bruges is 1-3 days.How far apart are Bruges and Brussels? ›
It takes an average of 1h 0m to travel from Brussels to Bruges (Brugge) by train, over a distance of around 55 miles (88 km).Do I need a Covid test for a layover in Brussels? ›
Entry and Exit Requirements:
There is no testing or quarantine requirement for U.S. citizens.
Brussels airport is not that big - by the time you've exited the plane and walked through the terminal and arrive at bagage claim, your luggage will normally arrive quickly... I would say 30 min.Is it OK to arrive 2 hours before international flight? ›
The General Guideline for How Early You Should Get to the Airport. Generally speaking, most airlines advise that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to a domestic flight, and at least 3 hours prior to an international flight.