Brussels is Belgium's capital city and one of the most famous historical cities in Europe and tourist attractions in the world. The city, popular for its famous beer, breweries and beer festivals is also loved for its delicious handmade chocolates. Furthermore, Brussels is home to the headquarters of the European Union. The city has a huge number of museums, monuments, art galleries and historical places.
Just a short drive from Brussels you can find some well known beauties. For example Bruges (70min drive), Ghent (50min drive) and Antwerp (50min drive). And you will definitely find something great on the road too. Read our pages to learn about one-day tours to these cities as well as about their other tourist services.
Visit the following website in order to get information on Brussels attractions: https://www.brussels.com/v/attractions/
The main attractions which define Brussels: Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Atomium.
Brussels is easily accessible by road because Belgium has an extremely dense motorway network.
If you have to travel by plane, the closest airport is the International Brussels Airport-Zaventem.
Further info: Brussels Airport website
Once you have landed, you have 2 options to get to The Marriott Hotel Grand Place:
Option 1: Taxi
Do you want to make a prior reservation for your 2 transfers airport -> hotel & hotel -> airport?
In such a case, you may reserve your transfer by contacting the below-mentioned taxi companies. They will propose you a "forfait" (ie fixed amount) for the 2 transfers. The taxi driver will wait for you in the airport's arrivals hall.
Tel: +32 2 512 31 23
Free App also available
Tel: +32 2 425 25 25
Website: https://www.victorcab.be/ (website in French only)
Free App also available
Tel: +32 2 318 07 77
Website: https://www.taxiproxi.be/index.php (website in French only)
Free App also available
Option 2: Train+metro or train+walk
At the airport, you will take the train that is located on level -1. You will easily and quickly reach Brussels downtown (direct train) in less than 20 minutes and you get off at the Bruxelles-Central train station. The train is cheaper than the taxi. One train travel costs around 10 €.
To buy your train ticket prior to your arrival:
* Visit the dedicated webpage of the website of the SNCB-NMBS (Belgian railway company) https://www.belgiantrain.be/en for general info, timetable and prices
* Buy your ticket online on the following webpage: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/search - enter Brussels Airport-Zaventem as station of departure or arrival (you may of course buy a return ticket)
SNCB-NMBS free App also available
To get from the Bruxelles-Central train station to The Marriot Hotel, you have 2 possibilities:
1) Metro: you take the metro line 1 (direction Gare de l'Ouest) or metro line 5 (direction Erasme) then you get off at the next stop: metro station De Brouckère. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the metro station.
You can buy metro tickets inside the train station at the counters of the STIB, the Brussels public transport company.
For more information, visit the STIB website: http://www.stib-mivb.be/index.htm?l=en -- free App also available
2) Walk: the hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk from the train station.
- From London Saint Pancras International station: Eurostar
Eurostar website: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en -- free App also available
- From Paris Gare du Nord or the Amsterdam Schiphol airport: Thalys
Thalys website: https://www.thalys.com/be/en -- free App also available
- From Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport: French TGV
SNCF (French railway company) website: https://www.sncf.com/en -- free App also available
In all cases, your train will arrive at the Bruxelles-Midi train station.
To get from the Bruxelles-Midi station to The Marriott Hotel, you have 2 possibilities.
- take the metro line 2 or line 6 (direction Elisabeth whichever line you will take), then
- get off at the Arts-Loi metro station, then
- take the metro line 1 (direction Gare de l'Ouest) or line 5 (direction Erasme) and get off at the De Brouckère metro station. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the metro station.
2) Train+walk or train+metro+walk:
Train+walk: you take the train direction Bruxelles-Central train station. You get off at this train station. The hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk from the train station.
Train+metro+walk: you take the train direction Bruxelles-Central train station. You get off at this station. Then you take the metro line 1 (direction Gare de l'Ouest) or line 5 (direction Erasme) and get off at the De Brouckère metro station. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the metro station.
The official language of the ASECAP Days is English.
Brussels’ climate is temperate. Winters are mild and summers are often rainy. November is pretty chilly in Brussels. The temperature can drop to 4C maybe less if it's raining and windy and won't exceed 9C.
Casual clothes and sensible shoes are recommended for your visit of the city. You are also strongly recommended to have sufficient clothing for the prevailing weather conditions with the necessary outer garments, and to bring your umbrella.
The official currency of Belgium is the Euro (€). ATMs accept most international bank cards.
In case of urgent medical treatment / hospitalization, there are 2 hospitals located in downtown:
Rue du Marais
Tel: +32 2 211 91 00
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 32
Tel: +32 2 221 91 11
This hospital has 2 sites:
1) Site Porte de Hal
Rue Haute, 290
Tel: +32 2 535 40 55
Rue aux Laines, 105
Tel: +32 2 535 31 11
2) Site César de Paepe
Rue des Alexiens, 13
Tel: +32 2 506 71 11
In Brussels prices include taxes and service charges. You may wish to leave a tip if you consider it appropriate.
The ASECAP Days organiser are not liable for any loss, injury or damage resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you or any third party during the conference. We advise delegates to subscribe to private travel insurance.