Though Brussels has two adjacent International airports, only one is exclusively used for flights from the UK. The major international airport in Brussels is the Brussels-Zaventem Airport (BRU) with passenger traffic being 24,783,911 last year. The airport is 12 kilometres away from the city centre.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport at Charleroi (CRL) served 7,698,767 passengers in 2017 and is the second busiest airport in Belgium. It is not used extensively for flights from the United Kingdom.
The cheapest time to visit Brussels is in the late summer or in the very beginning of autumn. August is the sweet spot month for affordable accommodations as well as cheap airfares. As the summer is passing, and the schools are opening after the summer break, the tourism pressure on Brussels decreases. With the decreasing demand, prices automatically come down too. If you are lucky you can avail this opportunity and visit Brussels on the cheap.
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Belgium. The passport, however, needs to clearly state the visitor as a 'British Citizen' to be allowed into the country without question for a period of three months.
The best time to visit Brussels is from March to October. It is advisable that you visit the city from March to May to evade the crowds, but if you are a people person and would want to make new friends come to the city after May. The temperature remains pleasant throughout the period and the highest temperature in the summer remains 23°C. It is the best time to visit the city to relax your stiff muscles and warm your aching bones. Let Brussels rejuvenate you body and soul.
The city of Brussels is in the middle of Belgium. Surprisingly, only a portion of the city is recognized as the capital of the country, which contains the Palace of the Nation, the Royal Palace and the City Hall of Brussels. The city has been heavily influenced by Gothic, Baroque and French Renaissance architecture and these buildings with their distinct designs are seen standing side by side.
The Gilles come out to throw oranges at the spectators at the Grand Place square in February, at the Carnival of Binche. The festival brings music and parades into the streets of Brussels. In April, the Zythos Beer Festival celebrates the love of Belgian beer by inviting 100 brewers to showcase more than 500 beers at the festival. On even years, Brussels celebrates Flower Carpet Day. Half a million begonias of various colours are laid in an elaborate design, in a matter of hours, at the Grand Place. A concert follows the festival.
It is very easy to get around in Brussels since it is among the few cities in Europe to have a subway network. The subway is a cheap and quick way to move around the city from end to end. The tram network has been a part of Brussels since 1876 and has seen many evolutions over the years. The tram network and the subway networks are interconnected with each other. The highways and roads are world class and renting a car to go about the city is easy, but not as cost-effective as the subway.
There are many hotels in Brussels. Each hotel has its own speciality but all of them are hospitable and welcoming to tourists.