Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

I have visited Belgium five times now, having first backpacked it in 2007. However it wasn’t until 2023 that I first had a flight out of Charleroi Airport. On other adventures, I was in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and some small border villages with my German mate Rene.

Backpacking in Bruges, Belgium

There are quite a few ways to backpack from Brussels to Charleroi if you don’t have your own car/transport. However I have done this journey twice and both times I used Flibco!

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Charleroi Airport is situated 34 miles (55 kilometers) south of Brussels, in Charleroi. It’s also known as Brussels South Charleroi Airport and is where most low-cost airlines operate their services from.

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Charleroi Airport has the advantages and disadvantages of all small airports. It’s small with very few shops, so there is little to do. However, it’s difficult to get lost, doesn’t take much time to get to the gate and airport security is quick. 

This airport is flourishing thanks to popular airline companies like Ryanair. Every year the airport welcomes 8 million visitors.

Option 1: Direct Bus Service (Airport Shuttle)

  1. Airport Shuttle (Direct Service): The most convenient option is to take the direct shuttle service between Brussels and Charleroi Airport. There are several companies providing this service, such as Flibco or Brussels City Shuttle.
    • Flibco: Check the Flibco website for schedules and ticket information. Buses usually depart from Brussels North Station or Brussels Midi Station.
    • Brussels City Shuttle: If available, you can also check the Brussels City Shuttle for services between Brussels and Charleroi Airport.
  2. Booking: It’s recommended to book your tickets in advance, either online or at the bus station.
  3. Travel Time: The journey typically takes around 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic and the specific service.

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Backpacking In Belgium: How To Get From Brussels To Charleroi Airport

Option 2: Train + Bus Combination:

  1. Train to Charleroi-South Station: Take a train from Brussels Central, Brussels North, or Brussels Midi Station to Charleroi-South Station. You can check the train schedules on the official website of the Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB/NMBS).
  2. Bus from Charleroi-South Station to the Airport: From Charleroi-South Station, you can take a bus to Charleroi Airport. The bus ride usually takes around 20-30 minutes.
  3. Check Schedules: Make sure to check the train and bus schedules in advance to plan your journey.

Option 3: Taxi or Ride-sharing:

  1. Taxi or Ride-sharing Services: If you prefer a more comfortable and direct option, you can take a taxi or use a ride-sharing service from Brussels to Charleroi Airport. This is the most expensive option but can be more convenient, especially if you are traveling with a lot of luggage or in a group.
  2. Book in Advance: If you choose a taxi or ride-sharing service, it’s a good idea to book in advance or use a reliable app for such services.

Make sure to check the latest information, including schedules and ticket prices, as they may change. It’s also advisable to allow some extra time for potential delays or unforeseen circumstances.

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