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BRUSSELS FLIGHT - FLIGHTS TO BRUSSELS BELGIUM

You can travel by air, rail, boat, or car to get to Brussels, depending on which is more convenient, faster, and closer. Belgians national airline is Sabena. Flights do come into Brussels Zaventem airport, but many more come into surrounding country airports such as Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Cologne (especially for travellers from the United States). If taking a flight into surrounding cities, it is relatively inexpensive to travel the rest of the way on train. Belgium is a small a country, and there are no intercity flights within the country. There isn’t a best time of the year to go to Brussels – anytime is the best time and because prices tend to vary look out for special offers and discounts.

If flying from London, you could expect to pay only between 80 – 90 pounds (round trip) (115 Euros or $155 dollars) – if flying in from Ireland, prices run around 160 pounds (231 Euros or 310 dollars). Flight time is about one hour and 10 minutes if flying from London and about if flying from Dublin it takes around 2-3 hours. If you elect to take a connecting flight from Ireland through London to Brussels the cost is around only 90 pounds (129 Euros or 174 dollars) round trip. But these prices can vary enormously so shop around!

Ryanair is one of the low cost carrier and it flies into Charleroi (south of Brussels) from Dublin, Shannon and Glasgow Prestwick as well as several European cities. Another low cost airline is Virgin Express. If you are traveling from other European countries, some competitive airlines are Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, SAS, KLM, and BritishAir. If you are traveling transatlantic, you will save if you purchase your ticket(including transatlantic flight)from them as they can offer cheaper flights within Europe. You will find cheap ultra-discounted airline tickets at “bucket stops” in London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Athens.

Cheap Fares Contacts
Air Europa, www.air-europa.com.
Aer Lingus, www.aerlingus.com.
British Midland: 800-788-0555, in Britain 011-870-607-0555. www.flybmi.com.
Cheap Flights: www.cheapflights.co.uk.
easyJet, www.easyjet.com.
Europe by Air Pass: 888-387-2479, www.europebyair.com.
Eurostar Chunnel Train: 800-EUROSTAR, www.eurostar.com.
Go, www.gofly.com.
Spanair, www.spanair.com.
Ryanair: 011-353-1-609-7800, www.ryanair.ie.
Virgin Express: 011-32-2-752-0505, www.virgin-express.com.

Some reputable travel agencies include STA Travel with an office in 86 Old Brompton Rd. London SW7 3LQ – website: www.statravel.co.uk as well as usit Campus with the main office at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AG. They also have several branches.

In France there are several student travel agencies that supply discount tickets to tourists-OUT Voyages (Phone: 01 40 29 12 12) has a central Paris Office at 39 Ave Georges Bernanos (5e) and several office throughout the country. Some General Travel Agencies that offer the best deals in France are Nouvelles Frontieres (Phone: 08 03 33 33 33), 5 Ave de l’Opera (ler) (website: www.nouvelles-frontieres.fr ) – another is Voyageurs du Monde (Phone: 01 42 86 16 00) at 55 Rue Sainte Anne (2e)(Logan & Cole, pp. 70-73).

Tickets from Germany can be bought at STA travel (phone: 030-311 0950) at Goethestrasse 73, 10625 Berlin.

If you travel from Netherlands it is cheaper to travel by train to Brussels.

And if you are traveling from the US – there is a high/low season that will affect the price you pay (unlike within Europe); high season is between June – September and Christmas and New Years, where the cost will be higher. Low season is from October to March and mid-season is April-May and from mid-September to October. In the states you will find some good deals at travel agencies called “consolidators” – though you won’t see the word “consolidators” on their door. Some large consolidators can be found through the yellow pages and major city newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Examiner (look in the weekly travel section). One well-known consolidator leader is Ticket Planet (800 799 8888) (website: www.ticketplanet.com). Another website to check out is www.counciltravel.com . During high season – flying from New York- you should expect to pay around $1020 and during the low season around $600. The same fairs from the West coast would run about $1200 for high season and $800 for low season (Logan & Cole pp. 70-73).