Our travel notes
Traveling to Brussels
The capital city of comic strips is located at the heart of the European megalopolis. Flying, taking the train or driving: many solutions allow you to reach the city, but some are more convenient than others according to your departure point.
The main international airport, welcoming most of the flights to Brussels, is located 13 km North-East from the centre. It will take you only 20 minutes to get to the centre in a train shuttle, or 30 minutes on a bus. However, some low-cost companies land in smaller airports which are farther from the city: Charleroi Brussels-South and Antwerp. It will cost you 10 € and take you from 30 minutes to one hour to reach the centre by bus or train.
Many travelers favor the railway; indeed there are many convenient lines to arrive by train, notably Thalys from France. For instance, a trip from Paris to Brussels lasts only 1h45.
Besides, you can also drive to Brussels, especially of you come from Northern France or the Netherlands. This is by far the cheapest solution. If your group trip requires a bus and you cannot charter one, try regular international lines such as Eurolines.
Hotels of all standards for all kinds of groups
In Belgium, the name Brussels refers only to a town counting less than 200,000 inhabitants. The big conurbation gathering 19 cities and 1,15 million people is named Brussels-Capital; it has its own parliament. Brussels is home to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. This institutional concentration accounts for the hefty development of the hotels in the area and for the peaks in bookings at key moments of the year. Therefore looking for group accommodation in Brussels can turn out to be a nightmare or a good surprise, depending on the time of the year.
To choose your hotel well, you must know the different city districts. The historical centre encompasses the main tourist attractions. In the maze of medieval streets, take a look at the City Hall, the Grand-Place or the St Michel & Gudule cathedral. The posh Ixelles district extends southwards; it is the best place to shop and enjoy nice restaurants and bars. Eastwards, the European district gathers European institutions and businesses. In the North-East, Saint-Jean-ten-Noode is a more down-to-earth and relaxed area; it is well liked by visitors and harbors the Belgian comic strip centre.
Anderlecht gathers hotels of all kinds in the South-Western part of the city, being close to the international Brussels-Midi railway station. The biggest Congress center is on the outskirts of the city, at Espace Nord.
Groupcorner selects accommodation for all kinds of groups, whatever their size. Just let us know your needs and we will help you choose the right hotels in terms of location and equipment, such as:
The 4 star NH Collection Brussels Center is right in the historical centre, close to St Catherine church, which allows you to go and discover Brussels on foot. The hotel's restaurant and rooftop will welcome you after a day of sightseeing and shopping.
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