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Why come to Flanders?

Walking around in Flanders’ pocketsize art cities Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Leuven, Mechelen you'll find much more than just enjoying mussels, beer and chocolates.

Attractive restaurants, fascinating food, trendsetting fashion shops, contemporary and historical architecture, the opera and theatre, museums, monuments and artworks, all vie with each other for attention


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Brussels National Airport (BRU) is Belgium's main international airport.

Train shuttle service is located on the lower level of Brussels International Airport and connects to Brussels in 20 minutes and to Antwerp in 35 minutes.

Buy your ticket before getting on the train to avoid a surcharge fee.

Busses are located on level 0. Every hour the Brussels Airport - Antwerp Express takes you to the city center of Antwerp in 45 minutes.

On weekdays and Saturdays the first departure is at 5:00 a.m., the last departure at 12 midnight. On Sundays the first departure is at 7:00 a.m. and the last at 12 midnight.

Taxi service is available from the airport to the city center and costs approximately $50. Taxis are available 24 hours. Discount round-trip rates are available.


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In summer bring lightweight, comfortable clothing, and a sweater or a jacket for the evening. During the winter bring warm clothes, and it is always a good idea to pack an umbrella and a rain coat.


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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.

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.

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.


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Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%

English is widely spoken.


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Belgium's health service is known for its easy accessibility and high-quality treatments. Belgian hospitals are well equipped and provide optimal care.

In case of emergency, you can dial # 112 (equivalent to 911 in the US)


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An extensive rail network connects all of Belgium. Train tickets can be purchased at the railway station before departure. You can also easily rent a car, driving is a great way to get from city to city in Belgium.

Visa Info

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US & Canadian citizens do not require a visa for stays of less than 90 days, but must have a passport with a minimum validity of 90 days on the intended departure date from Belgium.

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 passport.


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Seldom too hot or too cold. Summer temperatures average from 54° F to 72° F and winter averages from 32° F to 43° F.