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Layover In Brussels, Belgium

| February 16, 2014

Stuck on a Belgium layover at Brussels Airport (BRU)? As the main hub for Brussels Airlines, the airport is located in Zaventem (roughly 7 miles from Brussels) which makes it accessible for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Brussels layover, click here for useful tips.
Brussels Belgium Layover
If you’re stuck in the Brussels airport during your layover, there’s plenty to do. You can find shops and restaurant listed by category or location here. There’s a Pharmacy on the 4th floor of the public area of the passenger’s terminal. The airport also has banking and currency exchange facilities, places of worship, luggage wrapping, and a DavidT Hair Line hair salon for both men and women (best to contact in advance for an appointment).

Wi-Fi access is available in the airport in all waiting and most public areas, for those with a Wi-Fi laptop or smartphone. You can buy your Wi-Fi access at Locaphone or online on the Wi-Fi portal page – for more information, click here.

The airport offer guided tours for companies, schools and other groups seven days a week in English, Dutch, French or German. For more information email [email protected] or call +32 (0)2 753 42 85.

There’s a first class Regus Skyport Meeting Center for business and meeting facilities. The center has 10 fully-equipped luxury rooms that can accommodate up to 40 participants. There are also executive VIP work and waiting areas for travelers, complete with high-speed Internet and business services. For more information, call +32 (0)2 714 02 00.

If you’re looking to get some rest, the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel is the only hotel at the airport, and is located opposite the passenger’s terminal. The hotel has full facilities including a fitness room, business center, laundry and more. For a list of other hotels in varying price ranges near the airport, click here.

For those interested in ditching your bags while you explore, the airport offer baggage lockers on level 0 – bus station and small lockers are also available on the ground floor and first floor of the shopping area of Pier A. To find more information on pricing and dimensions, click here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Brussels Layover:

Brussels Tour
If you have a limited amount of time to spend out in Brussels, you may want to take a quick tour of the city. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, cultural and historic sightseeing, night tours, and much more.

The Atomium & Mini Europe
The Atomium was built in 1958 for the World’s Fair. Built to resemble a magnified molecule of iron, you can take a trip up to the top sphere, and visit the restaurant, Chez Adrienne. If you’d rather eat on the ground, make sure you visit Mini Europe below there you can tour Europe in hours.

The EU headquarters
Brussels is the home to the European Union Headquarters. Here you can take an audio tour of the Parliament, and when a session is in progress (click here for dates), you can attend a sitting.

Old Town
With cobblestone streets and lots of shops and restaurants, the Old Town of Brussels is fun to hang out in. Check out the Grand Place, and walk along the Galeries St. Hubert and stop by the bronze sculpture Manneken Pis, of a boy peeing.

Belgium Chocolate Museum
Belgian chocolate is world-renown and there’s no better place to learn about I then the Chocolate Museum, then visit some of the Brussels’ most celebrated chocolate shops. Also check out the family-run chocolate ship, Wittamer, in the heart of Brussels.

None of these interest you? You can find more options here.

Have a suggestion or advice for Brussel layovers? Leave a comment below!

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  1. imelda says:

    I have visited this site and got lots of information than other site visited before a month.

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  2. Edna says:

    Would I need to get a visa from Belgium if I have a layover there?

    • Layover Guide Staff says:

      Hi Edna, are you planning on leaving the airport? If so, check the passport widget on the bottom right hand side of the page and enter your country of origin and destination, and it will tell you if a visa is required.

  3. Ledia says:

    I have a layover in Brussels for about 8 hours. I would like to see the city for the time being. Im doing some research but Im not really finding the right info. Are there tour busses that take you from one spot to another? I had a layover in Paris last year and they had a bus that took you to the tour busses, then you just went on from there. It will be very helpfull if someone can give me information.
    Thank you

  4. Z says:

    I have a 4 hour stopover in Brussels heading inbound to London. I’m British and was wondering if i’d be able to leave the airport. This is in Jan 2015. What will the weather be like?

  5. Bob says:

    Hi !
    I am a Canadian citizen travelling to India via Brussels. And I got a lay over time for 11 hours. Do I need any short stay visa for sight seeing tour for 6 to 8 hours in Brussels ?

  6. Kiran says:


    I have a short layover in Brussels (2hrs) before my connecting flight to USA. I’m an Indian citizen. Do I need an airport transit visa. I don’t have any plans of venturing out of the airport.