Travel to Belgium from the US
Travel to Belgium from the US

Travel to Belgium from the US

Belgium, a small country nestled in Western Europe, is a captivating destination brimming with historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and culinary delights. From the bustling capital of Brussels to the charming medieval towns of Bruges and Ghent, Belgium offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers from all walks of life. If you’re planning a trip to Belgium from the US, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the essential information you need to plan a memorable and hassle-free journey.

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Visa Requirements:

Belgium is part of the Schengen-area. Owners of a valid US Passport don’t need a tourist visa if their stay is under 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. The 12-page U.S. emergency passport is not valid for visa-free entry into Belgium.

Flights to Belgium from the US

Several respected companies such as Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines offer direct flights from the US to Belgium. These direct flights depart from New York, Chicago and Washington DC and all land at Brussels-Zaventem (BRU).

For finding the cheapest flight tickets I recommend using our flight planner tool.

Direct flights from the US to Belgium overview

AirlineDepartureLandingDuration
Brussels AirlinesNew York City (JFK)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h35
Virgin AtlanticNew York City (JFK)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
KLM AirlinesNew York City (JFK)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
Air FranceNew York City (JFK)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
LufthansaNew York Newark (EWR)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h10
Brussels AirlinesChicago (ORD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h55
LufthansaChicago (ORD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h55
United AirlinesChicago (ORD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h55
Brussels AirlinesWashington D.C. (IAD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
LufthansaWashington D.C. (IAD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
United AirlinesWashington D.C. (IAD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40
Swiss AirlinesWashington D.C. (IAD)Brussels-Zaventem (BRU)7h40

Fly to Europe, travel to Belgium by train

Alternatively, from certain US locations it can be more convenient or cheaper to book a direct flight to a neighboring country and continue the last leg of your journey using the excellent high speed train connections to Belgium.

Did you know you can travel from Paris to Brussels in 1h25 with the Eurostar? Both Amsterdam and London are only 2 hours away from Brussels.

Popular Destinations in Belgium

Belgium is a relatively small country, but it packs a big punch in terms of its diversity and attractions. Here are some of the most popular destinations to visit in Belgium:

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Brussels

The capital of Belgium, Brussels is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history and culture. Home to iconic landmarks such as the Grand Place, the Atomium, and the Royal Palace, Brussels offers a vibrant mix of urban attractions and historical charm.

Bruges

Often referred to as the “Venice of the North,” Bruges is a picturesque medieval city with stunning canals, cobblestone streets, and charming architecture. Visitors can enjoy leisurely boat rides along the canals, explore the enchanting Markt square, and admire the masterpieces of Flemish art in museums such as the Groeningemuseum

Ghent

Another gem of medieval Flanders, Ghent is a vibrant city with a rich history and a thriving cultural scene. Explore the imposing Castle of the Counts, wander through the atmospheric Patershol district, and marvel at the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Antwerp

The second-largest city in Belgium, Antwerp is a dynamic port city with a cosmopolitan flair. Home to a renowned diamond district, Antwerp boasts a wealth of historical attractions, including the Antwerp Cathedral, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, and the Steen Castle.

Transportation in Belgium

Belgium has an extensive and efficient transportation system, making it easy to travel around the country by train, bus, or car. The national railway company, SNCB/NMBS, operates a comprehensive network of trains connecting major cities and towns. Buses are also a convenient option for traveling between smaller towns and villages. For those who prefer the flexibility of self-driving, Belgium has a well-maintained road network and car rentals are readily available.

Accommodation

Belgium offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. From luxury hotels and boutique guesthouses to cozy bed and breakfasts and budget-friendly hostels, there’s something for everyone. Major cities like Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent have a large concentration of hotels, while smaller towns and villages offer a more intimate and authentic experience.

Currency Exchange

The official currency of Belgium is the euro (€). US dollars can be easily exchanged for euros at banks, currency exchange bureaus, and some hotels. Most major credit cards are widely accepted in Belgium.

Read more about currency and payment methods in Belgium

Language

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. While English is not an official language, it is widely spoken in major tourist areas and by many Belgians.

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