Here you will find all the information you need about:
- How to travel to Brussels
- Conference Venue
- Where to stay in Brussels
- How to get around in Brussels
- What things there are to see in Brussels
There are 2 airports in Brussels: Charleroi airport (low-cost airlines) and Zaventem airport/Brussels International
Getting to Brussels from Charleroi:
The easiest way to get to Brussels from the Charleroi airport is to use the Brussels shuttle service . It will cost you 14 euros online, 17 euros at the airport and will take about one hour to get to the train station Brussels-midi where you can then take the metro line 2/6 to Louise to get to the venue or the proposed hotel.
There are 2 options for public transports; the train or the bus.
You can buy tickets at the airport for both of them without additional cost. Just look for the machines at the luggage claim hall, at the train station in the lowest floor or by the bus one floor below arrivals. Alternatively, you can buy your train tickets online here.
Buses take about 45 min and will drop you at either Schuman or Luxembourg, that is the European Commission or the European Parliament.
We recommend that you get off at Schuman and take the metro until Louise to get to the venue and the suggested hotel. You will need to change metro lines at Art-loi to get to Louise on line 2/6.
Tickets cost 4,5 euros one-way at the machines by the bus stop. It will cost you 6 euros to get the ticket with the bus driver directly.
Trains take about 30 min to get to Brussels and will stop at the 3 main train stations: Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Centrale and Bruxelles-midi.
Recently a train directly to the Schuman train station by the European Commission was launched so it is also an option as there is a metro stop at Schuman.
Tickets cost 8,8 euros one way.
We recommend you go to Bruxelles-midi however as it has metro lines (line 2 and/or 6) that will take you directly to Louise to get to the venue or the proposed hotel.
You can also get to Brussels by train, either the Thalys if you are coming from Paris or Amsterdam or Koln or the Eurostar if you are coming from London.
All the information you would need can be found here.
It is also possible to come by bus. Check this website to see the options from your home town.
The conference will take place at the Thon hotel Bristol Stephanie at Avenue Louise 91-93, B-1050 Brussels.
We have secured a discounted price at the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie where the conference will take place. If you wish to stay for more time, just make a change by hand on the form to indicate the right dates.
Feel in this form and send it back to the hotel to have access to it.
All public transport is run by the same company, the STIB. Tickets purchased can be used for buses, trams or metros indistinctively. More information available here.
Should you plan to use the transports a lot, it is better to get a card at the counters in the main metro stations (gare midi, Gare centrale, De Brouckere, Louise, etc.) and buy tickets by bulks of 10. They will be almost half price that way and with the price of the card (5 euros), you will still be saving money. Cards can be shared by several people so you can use it for you and your colleagues should there be more than one of you.
The closest metro station to the venue is Louise on line 2/6.
The closest tram stop is Stephanie on lines 93/94 or 92/97.
The closest bus stop is also Stephanie on line N11.
You can also rent city bikes for 1,4 euros for a 24h period. Each half hour with any city bike is then free of charge.
You can find a lot of information on the visit Brussels website here.
Brussels is a rather small city for a capital so you can enjoy the city centre by foot and walk aroun the main sites in a couple of hours.
We particularly recommend you to go to Grand Place, the main square, illuminated at night, it is also worth visiting at any time of the day. Around the Grand Place is the historical city centre so stroll around to see the old architecture of Brussels.
The Manneken pis is situated near Grand Place, a mere 5 min walk and is the most iconic site in Brussels.
Finally, the Atomium and the parc de Laeken is a nice site to visit. The Japanese tower and the Chinese pavillon still stand from the Universal Exhibition. The tram station De Wand is also a nice sight to see for amateurs of street art as it is covered in grafittis.