Cheap Flights To Brussels, Belgium
- Area City : 161.38 km² (62.2 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : + 32
- Currency : Euro
- Population City : 1,187,890 (2016)
- Official Language : French, Dutch (Flemish) and German
- Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Brussels Airport (BRU)
BRU emerged in 1940 and is located just 12km from Brussels city, capital of Belgium. The airport comprises one big terminal with shops and restaurants scattered throughout and conference facilities available. To get from the airport to the city buses and taxis are located outside the arrivals hall, rental vehicles are available from Sixt, Thrifty, Europcar or Hertz or travel by train to numerous destinations. The Airport Railway Station is situated at Level -1, under the airport building with at least four trains operating every hour to the Brussels South Railway Station.
Travellers can take flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Belgium, Brussells (BRU) with airlines listed below:
- South African, Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 13h 5m+
- British Airways (via London) 13h 40m+
- Swiss (via Zurich) 13 40m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 13h 45m+
Airlines with flights of over 15 hours from South Africa include:
- Air France
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- Air Euorpa
- Air Malta
- Austrian Airways
- El Al
- Etihad Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- TAP Portugal
- Thai Airways
Reasons to Visit Belgium
- Home to the European Union and the centre of European politics, Brussels is renowned for its decadent chocolates, waffles and great beer. It’s a beautiful city with verdant green spaces and striking olden buildings alongside modern day structures. Its history dating back to the 11th century is made up of dukes, counts, queens, kings and numerous bloody battles.
- There’s a string of wonderful museums to visit that include art, history, toys, cars and more but purchase a Brussels Card to save time and money when visiting museums. Spend time meandering through gracious old palaces and churches and view the infamous Peeing Boy. For respite, relax in the lush beauty of the Brussels Park or Botanical Gardens.
- Indulge in a delicious Belgium, French or Italian meal from one of many excellent restaurants along the Place du Chatelain that comes to life on Wednesdays with its street market and after work patrons. For intimacy and character, hidden in the streets of Place Stephanie are many superb eateries. An experience in itself is just relaxing alfresco style with coffee or one of 400 varieties of Belgian beer taking in the surrounding life.
- The city has accommodation comprising budget and luxury hotels, hostels and serviced apartments, known as aparthotels, many located in prime attraction areas and in close proximity to public transport.
Best Time To Visit Belgium
The best months for a budget trip are during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn (March until May and September and October) with fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation rates. The high season of summer during June and August is busy, expensive and bustling with excitement. Winter from November to February is wet and cold with prices rising towards the holiday period.
Places to Visit in Belgium
- No visitor misses the 17th century Manneken Pis, a small bronze sculpture of a boy peeing into the basin of a fountain. Designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy, it was erected in 1618/19. Jeanneke Pis, erected in 1987 is a statue of a young girl, also peeing, supposedly the sister of Manneken Pis.
- The magnificent Neoclassical styled Royal Palace of Brussels finally opened in 1934 after construction began in 1783 and is the official palace of the King and Queen.
- Not to be missed and a sight to behold with its Gothic Revival architecture is the Kings House, the Museum of the City of Brussels (Bruxella 1238) located on the Grand Place square opposite the Town Hall. Visitors glean much here on the city origins and development over the centuries with fabulous displays of artefacts including a small archaeological site that contains remains of the Franciscan monastery built in 1238 along with the tomb of due John I of Brabant.
- Building began in 1402 on the majestic Gothic Brussels Town Hall, one of the city’s finest buildings, it was completed in 1420. Easily noticeable, its spire reaches up 96 metres and in its walls are treasures of sculptures, tapestries, paintings and more to be admired.
- Located in the south-eastern part of the city is the 30 hectare Parc du Cinquantenaire, a top ten tourist attraction with a splendid Neoclassical arch that’s home to the Art, Army and Auto World Museums. After viewing art and famous relics, go to the top of the Triumphal Arch (from the Army Museum) for a panoramic view of Brussels.
- The Musical Instrument Museum, established in 1877 and part of the Royal Museums for Art and History, is globally renowned for its outstanding collection of more than 8,000 instruments, a must for any musician.
- The amazing Gothic structure of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula leaves one in awe, as does its interesting history.
- Another breath-taking sight is the Church of our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, constructed in Brabantine Gothic and Baroque styled architecture during the 15th century, it was patronised by Brussels nobility.
- The highest court in Belgium is the Palais de Justice, commissioned by King Leopold II and built in architectural styles of Eclecticism and Neoclassical, it opened in 1883.
- Coudenberg is a small hill where the Palace of Coudenberg was built that for almost 700 years played the role as seat of government. Take an underground tour and discover wonderful archaeological sites and remains of the palace plus other interesting activities pertaining to the palace.
- For a wonderful shopping experience, the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a glazed shopping arcade that opened in 1847 and has amongst others, over 70 luxury boutiques.
- For a meal of scrumptious Belgian cuisine try Au Vieux Bruxelles, Belga Queen or Int Spinnekopke. For superb French cuisine and operating for over 30 years,LOgenblik located at Galerie des Princes 1, will leave you more than satisfied with your delectable classic French dish.
- Chocolate shops have been in the business for over a century and one of the best is Mason Pierre Marcolini, a master chocolatier located at 1 Rue des Minimes. Anyone allergic to gluten that loves chocolate must try Belvas, located at 48 Rue Rollebeek, that was the first northern European chocolatier to produce mouth-watering organic chocolate thats sugar and gluten free. Passion Chocolat located at 2 Rue Bodenbroek ensures your taste buds explode with 85 per cent dark chocolate with no preservatives, concentrates or extracts. Other top chocolate shops include Frederic Blondeel and Galler Chocolatier.
Getting Around Belgium
Brussels is small enough to enjoy exploring on foot but the city does provide an excellent public transport system. Take note of traffic when walking, particularly black and white pedestrian crossings without signals. The public transport system comprises the Metro subway, trams and buses, all fully integrated. Operating daily from 05h00 until midnight, after which another operator takes over until 03h00, running half hourly to the suburbs.
The Metro (subway):
Its fast, efficient and covers the city centre and suburbs. You can’t board without a ticket so get one from a GO vending machine or a KIOSK point, located in Metro stations, with options for 1 to 3-day travel, 10 journeys and more.
Bus and Tram:
Painted in grey and brown, trams and buses are easy to negotiate around the city. Bus stops are identified with red and white signage, usually with a shelter. You can buy your tickets on board and remember to wave down the bus or tram.
Look out for blue taxis with a yellow emblem as they licenced but do not stop when waved down. You can book a taxi by phone or find one at a taxi rank located at the station, in the city centre and on main roads. All taxis are metered and the price is inclusive of tip and extras. Night time fares from 22h00 until 06h00 are almost double to daytime rates.
Driving in Brussels can be nasty with aggressive drivers, long delays during rush hour and is not recommended for visitors. Rentals located in the city include Thrifty, Astral Rent-A-Car, Sixt, Avis and others.