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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hallo ’
( hullo )
Dutch
‘bonjour ’
( ban-zhur )
French
Plug combo ce
Electricity
230V/50hz
May-Sep
Jan-Feb
Best time to go
Summer
Winter

Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
€100
  • Dorm bed including breakfast: €22–30
  • Midweek lunch: €10–15
  • Train ticket: €10
  • Museum entry: €5–15
  • Beer: €2–4
  • Short-hop city bike hire: €2
Midrange
€100–250
  • Double room at B&B or midrange hotel: €60–140
  • Car hire per day: €20–30
  • Two-course meal with wine for two: €80–110
Top end (more than)
€250
  • Double room at better hotel or top B&B: €140–200
  • Cocktails: €9–20
  • Degustation meal with wine for two: €180–350

Visas

EU citizens can stay indefinitely; many other nationals can enter visa-free for up to 90 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Belgium from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
BEL
Ghent
Go Apr–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
1465643
0.27
0.01
Jun – Aug
21136955
0.57
0.02
Sep – Nov
1485747
0.43
0.02
Dec – Feb
624235
0.27
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Bruges
Go Apr–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
1365542
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
20126854
0.23
0.01
Sep – Nov
1585847
0.27
0.01
Dec – Feb
724435
0.2
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Antwerp
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1565943
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
22147256
0.4
0.01
Sep – Nov
1585946
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
724435
0.2
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Brussels
Go Apr–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
1565842
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
22137255
0.37
0.01
Sep – Nov
1585946
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
624335
0.13
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Belgium

Belgium is easily accessed from Europe and beyond. There are direct flights and international buses from numerous destinations and a comprehensive rail network connecting to locations across the continent.

Flights, car hire and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Belgium

The best price found from United States to Belgium is on October 17th, 2019, travelling with TAP. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BOS
Boston Logan International
from $138.00
BRU
Brussels International

Getting around Belgium

Train A good network of trains makes public transport the best way to visit northern Belgium's car-averse cities.

Bus Buses tend to be used in conjucntion with train services rather than in competition. Reaching much of rural Wallonia especially, you're likely to need a train-bus combination.

Car In the rustic, less populous south, rail-lines are sparse, buses rare and, away from the traffic-jammed motorways, having your own wheels makes a lot of sense.

City Transport Major city transport systems are centred on buses, but Brussels and Antwerp have metro systems and trams, plus short-hop bicycle-hire stations. Liège and Namur add fun and handy riverboats to the mix.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

From spooky rambles through candlelit castles to high-tech space simulators to splashing about on beaches and rivers, Belgium has plenty to thrill and inspire beyond the sheer magic of historic chocolate-box cityscapes. And most museums make a point of offering...

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Working and volunteering

Foreigners other than EU and Swiss nationals, generally require a permit to work in Belgium. These are issued by the regional authorities, www.werk.be for Flanders, http://emploi.wallonie.be for Wallonia or http://werk-economie-emploi.brussels for Brussels.Self-employed individuals or employers sending staff on short-term contracts...

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