10 essential tips for traveling to Brussels


This list of best tips for traveling to Brussels It will help you not to miss any place or any important experience in the capital of Belgium, considered one of the most incredible cities in Europe.
Center of power of the European Union, in Brussels you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, well-kept parks, buildings and historical monuments, numerous museums and above all, the Grand Place, the most beautiful square in the world.
In addition to these visits and once all the attractions of the city have been completed, you can approach some of the medieval jewels of the Flanders region such as Bruges or Ghent, located less than an hour away by train.

Based on the experience of our first trip to Bruges and Brussels and the second combining it with Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp, we have made this list of 10 essential tips for traveling to Brussels.We start!

1. What is the best time?

The best time for a trip to Brussels is from May to September, when temperatures are more pleasant and there are more hours of daylight. Between these months we would opt for July and August, when the thermometers reach 20 degrees on average and especially, in mid-August when the Flowertime is celebrated, party in which the Grand Place is covered with a beautiful carpet of flowers, Although it is also one of the busiest times of the year.
In autumn, temperatures begin to fall and there is a greater probability of rain, although these may be present at any time of the year, so it would also be a good option if you do not want to find so many people and enjoy more adjusted prices.
Winter is the worst time to not exceed the temperature 5 degrees maximum and have very few hours of light. We would only recommend traveling to Brussels in winter if it coincides with Christmas, a period in which the city dresses up with ornaments in shops and buildings and the typical Christmas markets are mounted in the main squares.

2. Entry requirements and travel insurance

Belgium is a European Union country, so if you are a Spanish citizen you can pass border control by showing your ID or passport, without the need for a visa. If your country is not within the EU we advise you to check the official website or call the Belgian Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country, to see what are the mandatory entry requirements.
One of the best tips for traveling to Brussels, is to carry the European Health Card, which covers any medical setback for free in public hospitals in the city although if you do not have this card or want a wider coverage, including for example repatriation, we recommend you to hire the best Travel insurance possible.

We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip. Hiring your insurance here with Mondo, just for being a Street Travelers reader, you have a 5% discount.


10. More tips for traveling to Brussels

Other tips for traveling to Brussels that can help you are:

  • If you are under 26 years of age, we recommend buying the Go Pass 10, a bonus for 10 train trips to any city in Belgium that costs a little more than 50 euros. If you are over 26 years old you can buy the Rail Pass that costs more than 80 euros. The same subscription can be used by several people.
  • Brussels plugs are the same as those in Spain.
  • Use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, you will not be charged commission and you will always have the current change. You can find much more information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
  • On security issues, Brussels is a very safe city, but you have to be attentive to pickpockets in the most tourist areas such as the Grand Place and the metro and train stations.
  • Belgium has two official languages: French and Dutch. Although you will have no problem communicating in English or even in Spanish, having many Spaniards working in services and Belgians who know the language.
  • If you have more time and want to make a route through the country you can follow this list of essential tips for traveling to Belgium

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