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Charleroi Layover In Belgium

| March 17, 2015

Stuck on a Charleroi layover at the Brussels South Charleroi Airport in Belgium? The airport is located in the city of Charleroi which is 29 miles from Brussel’s city center, which makes Brussels an accessible destination for those who are stuck on long layovers. If you’re on a shorter layover, there are some interesting things to do in Charleroi as well. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your layover, click here for useful tips.

Charleroi stopover

If you’re stuck in the Brussels South Charleroi Airport during your layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do. The airport has bars and restaurants, shopping, and a number of services including free Wi-Fi, currency exchange, ATMs and banking, information desks, and a Kids Zone.

If you’re looking to store your luggage while you explore Charleroi or Brussels, the airport has luggage storage lockers outside the terminal, next to the taxi rank. Lockers are charged for up to a 24 hour period, accepting EUR coins. Prices are 5 EUR for small lockers, 7 EUR for medium lockers, and 9 EUR for large lockers.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. And for a comprehensive list of Charleroi hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you have the time to venture out of the Brussels South Charleroi Airport during your layover, there are a few transportation options including taxis, care rental, shuttle buses, bus, and train.

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

Musee de la Photographie

Located in a neo-gothic Carmelite convent, the Musee de la Photographie has become one of the most important photography museums in all of Europe, with an emphasis on both artistic and technical photography.

Address: Avenue Paul Pastur 11, 6032 Charleroi, Belgium

European Flight Simulator

The European Flight Simulator enables everyone to experience what it feels like to be a pilot, flying a jet. With all the airports in the world available in their database, you can take off from any airport and fly over any area of the planet. Available to anyone over 10 years old, and two people can be in the observer seats in the simulator.

Address: Avenue des Etats-Unis 7, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium

Airspace Indoor Skydiving

Considered Europe’s highest and most powerful wind tunnel, you can experience the feeling of free falling in the Airspace Indoor Skydiving arena. With activities available for kids as young as 4 years old, there are a range of activities.

Address: Rue Charles Lindbergh 26, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things to Do in Brussels:

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.

Address: 1020 Brussels, Belgium

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.

Address: Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium

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.

Address: Guldenhoofdstraat 9, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

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  1. Manal says:


    I have one afternoon to spend in Brussels as I will be in transit at the airport I arrive at 3 pm. Can i visit Beethoven’s house?

    What else can I do in one afternoon.