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Brussels Guide

What are the best places to stay in Brussels?


If you’re hoping to be at the centre of the hustle and bustle, look into accommodation in Central when you book airfare to Brussels. This neighbourhood is the historic centre of the city and is where many of the major tourist attractions are located. Central is home to some of the city’s most beautiful architecture and is also known for being the unofficial capital of the EU. Central is extremely walkable and within reach of countless restaurants, shops and cafes to visit while holidaying on flights to Brussels.


Ixelles is a trendy neighbourhood located southeast of the city centre. Although it’s just a stone’s throw away from Central, it has a much more laid-back atmosphere with several leafy parks. Ixelles is also home to plenty of trendy cafes and boutiques and is one of the nightlife hubs of Brussels. The neighbourhood is especially popular among young adults and expats living in the Belgian capital. While planning for your return flights to Brussels, book accommodation in Ixelles if you’re hoping to have a true local experience in the inner suburbs.


Located northeast of Central Brussels, Schaerbeek is the most vibrant and multicultural of the city’s neighbourhoods. It’s home to people from more than 140 different countries, and this international flavour really adds to the art and culture of Schaerbeek. While spending time in Schaerbeek between your return flights to Brussels, you’ll find laneways lined with Art Deco architecture, beautiful parks, and restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable. When you book tickets to Brussels, consider staying in Schaerbeek if you’re hoping to experience the international aspect that makes the city so special.


What are the best things to do in Brussels?

Grand Place

Grand Place is the centrepiece landmark of Brussels. It’s the main city square and is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. While holidaying in the city after flights to Brussels, you’ll likely find yourself passing through Grand Place several times. The square is surrounded by opulent architecture and some of the city’s major landmarks, such as Town Hall and Maison du Roi. Depending on what time of year you book cheap flights to Brussels, you may even come across some festivals in Grand Place. It hosts a large Christmas tree in December, regular flower markets, and outdoor concerts throughout the year.

Old England Building

The Old England Building is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture to see while holidaying on flights to Brussels. It was originally opened in 1899 as a department store and has since been transformed into a museum – the Musée des Instruments de Musique. The museum celebrates music through the centuries and showcases more than 2000 antique musical instruments. Once you have explored the museum, head to the rooftop to take a seat at the cafe and admire the panoramic views over the city.

Palais Royal

Located on the border of Central and Ixelles, Palais Royal is the official palace of the Belgian royal family. While the family spends most of their time in a castle outside of the city, Palais Royal is a significant landmark to see when you book tickets to Brussels. The palace was first built in 1783, but the current-day facade was added in 1904, inspired by the elaborate style of Louis XVI. If you book airfare to Brussels between July and September, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the palace’s interior. There is stunning artwork throughout, as well as mosaics and ornate furnishings. If your cheap flights to Brussels fall outside of the summer months, you won’t be able to go inside. But even from the outside, Palais Royal is a must-see while in Brussels.


What is the best way to get around Brussels?

After arriving on flights to Brussels, you can take advantage of an extensive network of public transport. If you arrive into Brussels Airport (BRU), catch the train from the airport into the city centre. Airport trains depart every 10 minutes and arrive to Central Brussels in less than 20 minutes. If your flights land at the city’s secondary airport, Brussels Charleroi Airport (CRL), you can catch a shuttle bus into the city. Buses depart from exit 4 at the airport and arrive into Central Brussels in about one hour.

While holidaying on cheap flights to Brussels, the most popular way to get around is on the city’s metro. There are six metro lines that loop around the city centre and connect with the suburbs of Brussels. In addition to the metro, buses and trams are available to catch while visiting Belgium on return flights to Brussels. Single-ride public transport fares are €2.50 ($4.30 NZD). Alternatively, you could purchase a 24-hour ticket for €7.50 ($12.85 NZD).