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Flanders and Brussels are at the heart of Europe. London, Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam are all less than two hours away.

Travelling to Flanders

By train:

By plane:

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Travelling within Flanders

Flanders' transportation network allows for seamless travel within the country. All of Flanders' major meeting cities are accessible in less than one hour from either Brussels Airport or Brussels South railway station (Eurostar/Thalys/ICE).

B-Rail: a dense train network connects all of Belgium. National and international passes are available at major train stations in Belgium. The B-rail website will give you timetables, price and online ticket for your train trip in Belgium. Seat reservations are not available on Belgian trains (except for groups). Travel is valid only for dates shown on the ticket. First and 2nd class tickets are available.

Car Rentals: since Flanders is about the size of Yorkshire, it's no surprise that it's an easy place to travel around. Driving is a great way to get from city to city in Belgium. Search for your car rentals here.

Car rental companies

  • Avis 
  • Hertz 
  • Auto Europe 
  • Budget 
  • EuroDollar 
  • Alamo 
  • Kemwel 
  • EuropCar 
  • Renault Euro Drive 

Chauffeur Driven & Limo Services

  • Avis Chauffeur Driven 
  • Brussels Limousine 
  • Carey Worldwide Chauffeured Services 
  • Direct Way Limousine 
  • Euro Travel Star 
  • Sacca Tours 
  • International Limousine Service 

Taxi services

  • Taxi Verts - Brussels 
  • Taxi Metropole - Antwerp 
  • Taxi Bleus - Brussels
  • Taxi Sinjoor - Antwerp 
  • Taxi Gent - Ghent
  • Directory of Taxis: telephone numbers for taxis in the Brussels region.

Taxis are available at taxi stands or at hotel entrances.
Taxi fare is displayed on the meter, including the service charge.  Minimum or initial fare in Brussels: € 2.40 (daytime); € 4.40 (evening).  Average price per KM (0.62 miles) in Brussels: € 1.80 for journeys within the Brussels Capital Region; € 2.70 for a journey located outside the region.  Average transport price between Brussels Airport and Brussels city center: € 38.00.

Customs and immigration

US & Canadian citizens in possession of a valid US passport (on the planned date of departure from Belgium, your passport should have at least another three months validity) do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days within a six-month period.
Other nationalities should check with the Belgian Embassy or nearest Consulate Office for visa requirements.
European citizens (of countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA)) need a valid ID or a passport that has to have a minimum validity of three months on the departure date.

More information:

Money

Currency

The Belgian currency unit is the EURO (euro) €. 

Money can be changed at ATM’s, in banks, at the airport and main railway stations, at some hotels and in exchange offices, many of which are open on Sundays.

Foreign exchange traffic is not regulated. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought in or out of the country. No restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State. If arriving from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or the equivalent in another currency must be declared.

Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 Euro, and 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 and 2 cent pieces.

To get the most current exchange rate, visit www.xe.com.

Credit Cards & ATM

All major cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Euro card);
ATM machines are available in all major cities and at Brussels International Airport.

Electricity

In Belgium you will need an adaptor of the type “AC.220 volts”. Plugs are continental 2-pin round.

Language

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. A number of non-official, minority languages and dialects are spoken as well. English is widely spoken throughout Belgium as a second or third language by native Belgians, and is sometimes used as a bridge language in Brussels.

Official holidays

Shops, banks, post offices etc will generally be closed on these days in 2016: 

  • January 1st 
  • March 27th
  • March 28th
  • May 1st
  • May 5th
  • May 15th
  • May 16th
  • July 11th (Flanders region only)
  • July 21st
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th
  • December 25th

Time zone

  • Belgium Time is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET)
  • 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
  • 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
  • 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time
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