Right in the heart of Europe, Brussels has superb air, road and rail connections. More than 60 million Europeans live within 300 km of Brussels, less than two hours by high-speed train. For those who fly in, it takes around 20 minutes from the main airport to the city center. And when you have arrived, it's easy to move around the compact city, by public transport or on foot.
Brussels Airport (BRU) is the city's main airport (located in Zaventem). Trains run frequently from the airport to Brussels' three main stations and take 15-25 minutes. A taxi to the center costs around 35 EUR.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) is a one-hour drive from Brussels Midi/Zuid Station. Shuttle buses run every 30 mins to/from Brussels Midi/Zuid station.
Brussels has three main train stations: Midi-Zuid, Central-Centraal, and Nord-Noord, to the north of the city centre. High-speed trains stop only at Midi/Zuid, except the ICE which also stops at Nord/Noord. High speed trains connect Brussels with Amsterdam/Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Cologne, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, London St. Pancras and Paris/Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. For detailed information and schedules, please visit the national and international railway network websites.
Metro entrances are marked by large "M" signs in blue and white, with the station name underneath. All announcements are made in Dutch, French and English. Click here for detailed information and schedules.
Passeport and Visa
All participants must have a valid passport (or identity card for European Community Nationals) in order to enter Belgium. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries. Citizens of some countries may need to obtain a visa before arrival. For further information please contact the nearest Belgian Embassy or Consulate to check visa regulations. Please note that for some countries, visa application procedures can take up to two months. All participants requiring a visa for entry to Belgium are strongly advised to make their application in their home countries at least three months before the intended date of travel. Visa application procedures are easier when the acknowledgement of registration is included. Refunds cannot be made when visa applications are not granted.
For more information on specific needs for visa requirements for Belgium, please click here.
A personal travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended. The organizers cannot accept to be held liable for any problems caused during the participant’s travel and stay at the conference.