Getting there & away
Eurolines (02 274 13 50; www.eurolines.be; Rue du Progrès 80; metro Gare du Nord) has its office at Gare du Nord, and most buses depart from here (though some also stop at Ave Fonsny near Gare du Midi).
Destinations from Brussels include Amsterdam (one-way/return €18/30, 3¾ hours, six daily), Frankfurt (€34/55, 5¼ hours, one daily), London (€38/60, 8½ hours, six daily) and Paris (€25/40, 3¾ hours, nine daily).
Major car-rental companies have downtown premises, as well as offices at Gare du Midi and Brussels National Airport. Rentals from both the airport and Gare du Midi cost considerably more due to additional taxes.
Avis (02 537 12 80; Rue Américaine 145)
Baele & Schmitz (02 762 60 27; Chaussée de Louvain) Rents 600cc motorbikes (€75/450 per day/week). Hefty deposits are required.
Budget (02 646 51 30; Ave Louise 327b)
Hertz (02 513 28 86; Blvd Maurice Lemonnier 8)
Brussels National Airport (02 753 42 21, flight information 0900 70 000; www.brusselsairport.be; Zaventem), in times past referred to as Zaventem airport, is 14km northeast of Brussels. The compact terminal’s Promenade floor (Level 4) includes shops and a cafeteria with a view of the runways. Level 3 is the departures hall, where you’ll find an information desk and free airport maps. The arrivals hall is on Level 2. Facilities here include a post office, ATM, car-rental agencies and tourist information counters. On the next floor down is the bus terminus (Level 0) and luggage storage lockers. The train station is on the lowest floor (Level -1).