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From Brussels (the de facto capital of the EU) to the impossibly beautiful Bruges, Belgium may be small but it definitely packs a punch. Despite having only 11 million inhabitants, the country’s location at the heart of central Europe, combined with its striking medieval heritage, secures its place as a hotspot for holidaymakers looking for a culture-packed getaway.
Not too surprisingly, Belgium is particularly popular during summer time, when the weather is at its best. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Belgium, they’ll be much harder to find during this time.
But, the country’s major cities, including the capital Brussels and the beautiful cobbled city of Bruges, remain popular all year round. And since Belgium is so close to the UK, you shouldn’t find it too hard to find cheap flights – even in summer – so long as you book in advance.
In winter, the cities boast an additional dash of charm, with Renaissance buildings often capped in snow.
Be sure to use the following tips to help turn up the best deals on flights to Belgium from the UK.
First of all, make certain you use the ‘Nearby airports’ option, located just beneath your chosen departure location on the search bar.
Likewise, if you’re flying from London, select ‘All London airports’. These options will return a wider range of results, hopefully securing you a better deal.
You could also look for flights from London to various locations around Belgium. While small, the country has an almost inordinate number of international airports, and throwing the net wide may help you find cheaper flights.
Most flights to Belgium from the UK are regular, affordable and direct – particularly if you fly from London. With an average flight time of just an hour, you’ll find that getting here can be quicker and easier than travelling to the airport in the UK!
From London, the average flight times to different Belgian destinations are as follows:
The fastest, cheapest and most direct flights to Belgium land at Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport and Ostend-Bruges International Airport. Among them, these three airports cover most of the country, catering to all needs – whether you’re visiting Brussels on business or Bruges for a Belgian beer.
Airlines flying to Belgium from the British Isles include:
Getting around Belgium is about as hassle-free as foreign travel can be. Not only is the country small, but it also has an excellent (and affordable) transport system.
In Bruges and Antwerp you can easily get about the historic districts on foot, while taxis are abundant if you’re heading further afield.
The country’s train network is also efficient and well maintained, making this a great way to get from one city to another.
Although Belgium has more than its fair share of airports (because it is home to the headquarters of Nato and the institutions of the European Union) trains are a more relaxed and environmentally-friendly way of getting around the country.
Each of Belgium’s cities has its own distinct flavour.
The northern port of Antwerp was home to the Flemish Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens. It is also the country’s diamond district. Packed with Renaissance architecture, you’ll find countless diamond traders and jewellers throughout the city, making it the perfect romantic getaway.
Meanwhile, the capital of Brussels is equally upmarket, though more famous as home to the European Union headquarters. Don’t miss a visit to the exquisite Grote Markt, which stands at the heart of the city.
On the smaller side – but with plenty of charm to make up for it – is 13th century Bruges. Much more relaxed and easy-going, and almost impossibly picturesque, Bruges perfectly complements business-packed Brussels.
As a country at the heart of the European Union, there is no visa requirement for entering Belgium. However, your passport will need to be fully valid for the duration of your stay.