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Belgium Travel Guide

Belgium has something for every traveller, whether you're admiring the Atomium in Brussels, exploring medieval towns and cities or simply indulging in chocolate, waffles and Trappist beer.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Belgium

Practical information

Facts about Belgium

Getting to Belgium

Getting around Belgium

Top things to do in Belgium

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    Skip-the-line ticket to Mini-Europe

    Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of Europe in miniature, from the chimes of Big Ben to Venetian gondolas.

  • Brussels sightseeing tour with a stop at the Atomium

    Brussels sightseeing tour with a stop at the Atomium

    See the best sights in Brussels, including the iconic Atomium.

  • 1.5-hour private evening tour of Bruges

    1.5-hour private evening tour of Bruges

    Explore the lesser-known side of Bruges with your private guide and taste Belgian beer at a famous local pub.

  • Antwerp and Ghent day trip with transport from Brussels

    Antwerp and Ghent day trip with transport from Brussels

    Discover two of Belgium's hidden gems – artsy Antwerp and medieval Ghent.

What time zone is Belgium in?

GMT +1

What currency do they use in Belgium?

Euro (EUR)

What languages do they speak in Belgium?

Dutch, German, French

What power adaptors do you need for Belgium?

Type C and E

What is the average flight time to Belgium?

1hr 10

Some facts about Belgium

With three official languages – Dutch, French, and German – Belgium is one of Europe's most multicultural and multilingual countries. This couldn't be more true of its Dutch and French speaking capital Brussels – it's home to the European Union headquarters, so you can expect to hear languages from all over Europe and beyond.

When you arrive in Belgium, make sure you're hungry. The food is up there with Europe's culinary big hitters, whether you're tucking into a generous helping of moules frites, indulgent Belgian waffles or probably the best chocolate in the world. To wash all that down with, the beer in Belgium is also widely considered to be the world's best. It tends to be brewed by Trappist monks, who moved to Belgium in the 1800s and brew to fund their monastery and give back to the community. Expect Trappist beers to be peppery, a bit fruity, and rather strong – Belgian quads are often higher than 10% ABV.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Christianity is the largest religion in Belgium, while a large proportion of the population are not religious at all.


A service charge of around 10% to 15% is often added to restaurant and hotel bills – you can leave a little extra for good service if you like.


Smoking is banned in public buildings like bars, restaurants, public transport and workplaces.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

In an emergency, call 112.

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Getting to Belgium

The quickest way to get to Belgium from the UK is to fly, taking around 1 hour and 10 minutes from London to Brussels. It's also possible to travel by train – Eurostar heads directly from London to Brussels in 2 hours, and there are plenty of trains from there to other popular spots in the country.

You could also drive to Belgium by taking a ferry to Calais or Dunkirk – from there the drive to Belgium takes a couple of hours. Or if you fancy heading there as part of a cruise, some ships stop off at Zeebrugge and run trips from there to Bruges and Brussels.

Getting around Belgium

The roads around Belgium are remarkably free of potholes and long queues, so hiring a car is a great way to get around. If you don't fancy driving, the trains are excellent too and connect most major towns and cities.

For those of you staying in the city, the public transport is sure to be excellent. You'll find an underground service, trams and buses in Brussels and Antwerp, and a mixture of trams and buses in most other destinations.

The Good Trip Index

Belgium ranks 17th on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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