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A sophisticated city with a reputation for culture, Brisbane is home to one of Australia’s finest culinary scenes. With its annual festival, roof top bars and city beaches, there’s always something to do in and around the city.
One of the best times to visit Brisbane is between March and May. This is autumn in the southern hemisphere and temperatures are milder than the scorching summer months, and with little rainfall. But always remember to wear plenty of sunscreen at any time of year.
June to August, which is winter in Brisbane, is also a good time, as is the spring. But bear in mind that if you travel in September, the city hosts a month-long arts festival so flights and accommodation can get booked up early.
From December to March it’s usually easier to find cheap flights and hotels, but it is the rainy season so it’s worth being aware that things can get a little wet.
If you’re planning on visiting in September, during the festival, then the advice is to book early to get any kind of affordable flights to Brisbane.
However, during the rest of the year, it might be possible to find cheap deals. You simply have to know how to use the Expedia flight search to your advantage.
The key to finding cheap flights to Brisbane from UK airports is in being a little flexible.
Use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option to see what other deals are available on the days surrounding your preferred flight options. Very often, by making little adjustments, you can make big savings.
There are numerous flights to Brisbane from UK airports.
Brisbane Airport is the main airport serving the city and southeast Queensland, with flights to more than 50 domestic and 30 international destinations. More than 22 million passengers fly in and out of here each year.
The airport has two railway stations, as well as bus links to the city and parking for more than 9,000 cars. There is also an inter-terminal bus connecting the terminals and Skygate shopping precinct.
Flights to Brisbane are available from a number of different carriers.
The main ways of getting from the airport to the city is by train, with departures running every 15 minutes during peak hours. Travel time is about 30 minutes.
There are several private shuttle firms offering services too, but wait times can be up to an hour. Public bus services connect the airport and the city and are the cheapest way of travelling.
Once in the city, getting around in Brisbane is very simple. It’s an excellent city for walking, especially around the CBD and, if you’re travelling further, you’re never too far from a bus, train or ferry station.
With a network of bike paths, especially along the river, cycling is another popular option. Although some areas of the city are very hilly. The one way system in the city can be a little confusing at first but you’ll soon get used to it, and with plenty of rental car options, self-driving holidays are popular.
Stroll along the South Bank where you’ll find the site of the Expo 88, featuring an artificial beach and parklands. The botanic gardens are just a short 10-minute walk from the city centre, with free guided tours available. If you love animals then the Queensland Zoo is about an hour north of the city, and there’s the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can make some furry friends.
If you’re feeling really energetic, then Mt Coot-tha is Brisbane’s tallest mountain. There’s a great view from the top out of the city and a restaurant if you need to refresh. And if you don’t feel like walking, you can take a scenic drive to the summit.
British citizens will need a visa to travel to Australia. You can either get an eVisitor direct from the Department of Immigration or you can get an Electronic Travel Authority via your airline. In some circumstances you may be asked to undergo a medical test before visas are issued.
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Perhaps best known for bureaucracy, scratch the surface of Brussels and you’ll discover a hip, multicultural city, bursting with ideas. Spreading out from its medieval core and majestic Grand Place, Brussels gradually morphs from Art Nouveau to the sharp facades of modern administration centres.
The best time to visit Brussels is generally considered to be between March and May. At this time the weather is usually very pleasant, with warm but mild temperatures. The city is also less crowded during this time of year, so it is easy to see some of the more popular sights, and a wider choice of accommodation will be available.
June to August, however, is the main summer tourist season. Days are long and sunny, but flights to Brussels from UK airports can get booked up early, so you’re advised to plan as far ahead as possible when booking.
As a major European city and centre of government, there are numerous flights to Brussels throughout the day from a wide range of UK airports. With several departures from London Heathrow, City and Gatwick to Brussels, the choice from the capital alone is impressive.
When searching with Expedia if you can be flexible on dates you can grab some bargain deals. As a major city break destination, flights on Friday evenings can be very busy, but other days of the week less so. Use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option to quickly see what’s available.
Likewise, if you can fly from a choice of airports around the UK, then you can broaden your search horizons and often get cheaper flights to Brussels.
There are numerous departures from the UK to Brussels, with often several options for flights each day.
Brussels Airport is located around seven and a half miles northeast of the city and deals with more than 24 million passengers each year. The airport can be reached by car via the A201, which connects the airport to the city’s ring road.
The Airport Railway Station is located under the airport building and there are good links to the city and other destinations in Belgium, as well as France, Germany and the UK. New light rail services are also being created to alleviate crowds on existing transport. There’s also a dedicated bike lane to the city.
Indirect and direct flights to Brussels are available from a number of different carriers.
Most of the main sights in Brussels are easy to see on foot. Starting at the city’s medieval centre, the old cobblestone streets link most of the major attractions.
If it’s winter and the streets are a little icy or slushy, jump on board the city’s Metro system, marked with the big blue and white M sign. All announcements are made in English, so you should have no problem getting around.
There are also buses and trams linked to the STIB-MIVB transport system, with day tickets covering all journeys.
With no real hills to speak of, Brussels is also a great city for cycling. The Villo bike sharing network has more than 200 pick-up points throughout the city.
Surrounded by the city tower and stunning 300-year-old buildings, the Grand Place is the real star of the city. Some evenings there are music and light shows, using the buildings as a canvas. Try one of the delicious Belgian waffles as you watch. A short walk away, the Manneken Pis is a small statue that sums up the ‘irreverent spirit’ of the city.
For the best view of the city, head to the Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark and its Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog to the east of the city. Or, for a more modern experience, the Atomium carries on the futuristic work of the Brussels Expo 58.
During your stay, it’s also well worth popping in to one of the many trendy bars and cafes to sample some of the famed Belgian beers, adding a portion of legendary fries with mayonnaise for good measure.
British citizens won’t require a visa for travel to Brussels, unless you intend to work during your stay or remain for more than three months. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.