Brussels / Zaventem Airport

Traveling from Brussels Zaventem airport? All the transport options offered by the airlines

Bruxelles-National Airport or Brussels Zaventem Airport, in (nl) Luchthaven Brussel-Nationaal, (AITA code: BRU, ICAO code: EBBR) is Brussels airport. With an area of ​​1245 hectares, more than 264,000 annual flights and 18 million passengers, it is the largest and largest airport in Belgium.

Brussels city center is 12 kilometers from the airport. The airport is operated by the Brussels Airport Company better known by the abbreviation BIAC. The largest shareholder of BIAC is the Australian group Macquarie with nearly 70% and the rest is in the Belgian state. The airport serves as a connecting hub for various airlines such as Brussels Airlines, DHL, Singapore Airlines Cargo. Jet Airways is also based at Brussels Airport and offers flights between India, Brussels and the Americas (USA and Canada). The airport has a capacity of around 35 million passengers per year and is currently only 50% used.

Brussels Airport is the largest airport in Belgium and one of the 25 busiest airports in Europe. The home base of Brussels Airlines and TUI fly Belgium is better known to the Belgian population as Zaventem Airport.

Where is Brussels Airport located?

The airport is located north-east of Brussels, near Zaventem (35,000 inhabitants). To reach the airport, follow the signs for Brussels Airport on the Brussels Ring (R0). After the right exit, you drive straight towards the airport.

The entrance to the airport is accessible by train via an SNCB station located below the terminal, with the bus, with a taxi or even via the very dense motorway network in the surrounding area.

Four trains pass every hour connecting Brussels-Airport station, Brussels-North station, Brussels-Central station and Brussels-Midi station in less than 20 minutes. Thanks to a line leaving from Nossegem inaugurated in December 2005, the airport can be reached from the Leuven station. Liège and Hasselt also have fast connections to the airport and in 2010 with the Diabolo project, Antwerp and Mechelen will also have this connection. The STIB operates a bus line with 7 stops leaving from the center of Brussels; this one is called Airport Line. The airport is very accessible by car using the A201 which goes to the ring road serving the entire agglomeration and the city center. The Brussels region is studying projects to bring the metro and tram to the airport.


Passenger flights depart from two terminals: A for all flights within the Schengen area and B for those outside the Schengen area. A tunnel connects the passenger building and terminal A. The area can park 109 planes and there are 54 boarding gates. In 2009, a new low-cost terminal will be made available. Another area called Brucargo in Machelen can park 31 aircraft. Cargo is booming at Brussels Airport, in particular thanks to the expansion of Brucargo.

How many terminals does Brussels Airport have?

Brussels Airport consists of a four-storey terminal and two jetties. The departures hall is on level 3, the arrivals hall and taxis are on level 2, the bus station on level 0 and the train station on level -1.

Pier B is part of the terminal, Pier A is accessible via the ‘connector’, which opened on March 24, 2015. Pier B is used for flights to non-Schengen countries, Pier A for flights to Schengen countries (A gates) and Africa (T gates). Pier A West will open in 2023, the western extension of Pier A. Years later, in 2035, south of the airport, Pier C should be ready for use. Ultimately, the goal is to transport 40 million passengers by 2040.

What is the distance between Brussels Airport and the center of Brussels?

The distance between Brussels Airport and the center of Brussels is 15 kilometers. By car, you are 20 to 30 minutes on the road between the two places.

Which airlines (airlines) fly to and from Brussels Airport?

Brussels Airlines


TUI fly Belgium


United Airlines

Characteristics of Brussels airport

Each year, Brussels Airpot welcomes up to 35 million travelers and has been voted several times as the best airport in Europe thanks to its peculiarities. Indeed, Brussels International Airport is equipped with many modern amenities for the satisfaction and comfort of travelers. For example, there is no long wait at passport control, especially for European travelers, thanks to the presence of automated gates. On departure, the Fastiane ensures a quick check and allows the use of a VIP entrance to the boarding area. For business travelers, the airport has business lounges to organize meetings with their employees and partners. You will also find shops and various restaurants there. If your suitcases are large, it is possible to use a porter to help you transport your luggage. Within the airport, a police station provides security.

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