If Belgium is the host country for equality, Brussels is the core of European diplomacy. As the headquarters of both NATO and the European Union, you’re likely to meet at least one international diplomat on your flight to Brussels. But you don’t have to be an ambassador to book a Brussels flight.
Travellers looking for inexpensive vacations can book cheap flights to Brussels and enjoy everything from hot waffles to designer shops. Brussels is brimming with forests welcoming nature lovers on hikes, and some cafes and pubs are open all-night for visitors wanting to relax with a Belgian beer after a long day’s walk through the city. Whether you’re on peace-keeping mission or visiting Brussels for personal exploration, there’s something for every traveller to enjoy.
Brussels has a maritime temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Early summer and early fall are typically warm and mild. Summer temperatures can reach the high 20s, and winter temperatures range from 0 to 7 degrees. Snow is possible in winter, but is not a common occurrence. Brussels has a high average annual rainfall; January is usually the wettest month, but expect rain any time of year. Winter days are short, but the sun does not set until 9pm or 10pm in summer.
May and September have the best weather and the most visitors. These months can be downright crowded and accommodations hard to come by. Book flights to Brussels and hotel accommodations early to get the best rates.
Most Belgians take their vacations in July and August, making Brussels quieter to visit. You may get cheap flights to Brussels and a discounted hotel rate, especially over a weekend, but many restaurants and shops will be closed.
The weather November to March is wet and cold with few tourists and quiet museums and markets.
When you’re in central Brussels, it’s easiest to sightsee on your own two feet. If you’re going across town or to outlying areas, you’ll be better off taking public transportation. The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) offers cheap and easy transport around town with buses, trams and metro lines. The STIB runs from 5am to midnight, and a night bus operates after that. Most of the metro stations are a sight to visit in themselves, with decorations from leading Belgian modern artists. Avoid rush hour, both in the morning and at night, and don’t bother trying to drive. Aggressive drivers, heavy traffic and nightmare-ish parking make public transportation seem even more inviting. Biking isn’t much different, but the city’s outskirts have some lovely bike lanes. Avoid taking a taxi too – rides are expensive.