Tips for Brussels South Charleroi airport

I am now based in Brussels and due to the fact that I have a direct connection from here to my city (Zaragoza) with Ryanair, I thought it would be nice to share some tips regarding to that far-way-from-Brussels airport that I have discovered during these trips and that might help people saving some time and euros.

Although companies like Ryanair claim that it is a Brussels airport, the first thing to know is that the airport is located almost 50 kms away from Brussels itself, and thus it is not so easy and cheap to arrive as it is to the proper Brussels Airport (located only 11kms away).

In order to go from/to Brussels to/from the Charleroi airport, there are a couple of cheap options, both connecting Midi Station (where you can take several metros or trams) and the airport.

  • Shuttle-Bus: there is a shuttle bus every 30 minutes which will take around 1 hour and will cost 13 euros (22 return).b
  • Taxi: this option is much better as for the same price you will arrive earlier. People use to mistrust taxi drivers that offer them a ride to the airport but there is nothing to worry about! Those taxis, usually vans, are completely legit and the only issue is that you will have to wait until is full to leave. Not usually a problem as there are lot of people going from one place to another during common hour flights. The taxi stop is located in front of the shuttle station.
Where to take Taxis from Midi to Charleroi

Where to take Taxis from Midi to Charleroi

So, you have to buy some presents (usually chocolate) before leaving Belgium and you completely forgot? No worries! If you couldn’t buy anything in Midi Station (there is a Carrefour Express open every day) where you could buy chocolates, I suggest that you wait until the airport. There is a common tax-free shop where you could buy chocolates for a decent price. Be aware that although it is claimed that you can take a shopping bag with you apart from the hand luggage, Ryanair actually will not allow you! So whatever you buy you will have to put it into your hand luggage (I have seen people throwing away drinks and food on the boarding gate).

If you are planning to expend some hours in the airport or have a long flight and you don’t want to expend money on really expensive sandwiches or food my suggestion is that you try to buy something in Midi Station. Try to avoid airport food shops/restaurants as they are really expensive. Nevertheless, if you couldn’t make it, at the very end left corner of the airport (previous to the control) there is a supermarket called Louis Delhaize where you can buy some sandwiches for a fair price, remember that you will not be able to pass the control with liquids. What I usually do is carry with me an empty bottle and fill it in the toilet or in the fountains after the control.

Last but not least tip. Horror! You forgot to print your Ryanair check-in ticket and you know that you are going to be charged 70 euros! Do not panic! Never use Ryanair automatic machines to do that or you will end up paying the 70 euros. The airport has several internet stations with printers where you could use to reprint your boarding pass for a cheaper price (around 2 euros for 15 mins. of Internet. Completely worth it to avoid paying 70 euros!). This is only valid if you have already done the check-in online (available up to 4 hours before the flight).

I hope this information can help you saving some euros while travelling from/to the capital of Europe!

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2 comentarios to “Tips for Brussels South Charleroi airport”

  1. Javier Garcia Says:

    estés donde estés, con quien estés y allí lo que hagas, siempre te querré. Estoy muy orgullosos de ti.

    Un beso y un abrazo enorme. y recuerda siempre estas presente.

  2. Maciej Bliziński Says:

    Thanks for the information! It’s good to know that there are internet stations with printers available!

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