Airfare to Brussels, Belgium
Home to NATO, a chocolate museum and a central square stoic enough to make any European city proud, Brussels is an important EU center. Famous sites include the Grand’ Place-Grote Market, the boy amusement Manneken Pis and the long-named Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts-Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten.
Airfare to Brussels will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Paris, France or Amsterdam, Netherlands. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Vueling and SkyEurope fly to Brussels. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. SN Brussels Airlines is the national airline. However, Aer Lingus, Air France, Lufthansa and other airlines also stop in Brussels.
The most expensive air tickets to Brussels are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Paris, France or Amsterdam, Netherlands and traveling overland to Brussels via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Brussels, check out BootsnAll’s Brussels Travel Guide.