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Useful Tips of Brussels

Coming to Brussels? Find some useful information for your stay.

Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections. For those who fly in, it takes only 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre. And when you have arrived, it’s easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot.


Belgium has 3 official languages: French, Dutch and German. French predominates in the south, Dutch in the north. Brussels is bi-lingual (85% French, 15% Dutch). In certain Eastern provinces, German is spoken. English is widely spoken and understood.


Belgium is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Euro (€). Check conversion rates here.

Banking Info

Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 0900 – 1200 and 1400 – 1600. Cash machines are widely available. Foreign exchange facilities can be found at airports, railway stations and in larger cities.


220v and plugs are 2 pin.

Passport & Visa

All visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after their intended departure date. Check at the Belgian Embassy in your country for information on Visa requirements.


Speak to your network provider before travel. Public telephones (cash, card and credit card) are widely available. Phone cards available from post offices, newsagents and supermarkets.


Find Brussels’ metro plan here.

The standard ticket price for travel between the airport and the Brussels Zone is €8.50 per journey, which includes the Diabolo fee. If you already have an SNCB ticket, you will have to pay the Diabolo fee separately. More information.


It’s not expected in cafes, restaurants or hotels, as an amount is included in the bill. Of course, if the service has been particularly good, an additional tip doesn’t go amiss. It is normal to round up taxi fares to provide a small tip.

In case of Emergency

European emergency call (112)

It is available in the 15 member states of the European Union in case of an accident, aggression, or other situation of distress.


Fire brigades and ambulance (100)

Emergency medical aid 24 hours a day.


Federal Police (101)

To call in case of extreme urgency.