Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Brussels, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Brussels.
This hostel is set in what once was an old brewery and boasts a carbon netural footprint in its operations. The central location means all the major tourist attractions are close by and easily accessible via public transport. While you stay here, be sure to check out the Grote Markt and Manneken Pis.
Set in a lively district in the centre of town, a 2-minute walk to a wide range of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars! We are within 350 yards from Brussels' central Grand Place and an 8-minute walk away from the Central Railway Station. And just 150 yards from De Brouckère Metro Station, on a car-free street. The Manneken Pis Statue is just over 6 minutes walk and the Magritte Museum is just over a 15-minute walk. Brussels International Airport is 7.8 miles.
Located in the heart of the chocolate area we are lucky to have the Godiva factory and it’s outlet store as our neighbourgs as well as the Belgian Chocolate Village (a chocolate museum) and the chocolatier Frédéric Blondeel. Another must see of the area is the Elizabeth Parc and the Basilica of Koekelberg. WELL CONNECTED - only 2 minutes away from the Simonis/Elizabeth station : Subway : line 2 and 6 Bus : 13, 20, 212, 213, 214, 355 Tram : 9 and 19
The area is very calm and green with a beautiful architecture. Only 100m away from Schaerbeek station and 15 minutes away from Gare du Midi. Close to the city center, just 10-15 minutes by tram or train. Easy access to the most tourist attractions, direct tram either to the Atomium, mini Europe or amazing park du Cinquantenaire... There's a big park (Josaphat Park) for runners at only 10 minutes walk. Docks shopping area and small night shops at only 5 minutes walk.
Steaming bowls of moules with crispy frites. Amazing beers. Grand squares and elegant parks. And yet poor old Brussels is best known as the home of the European Union. But don’t let that put you off booking a hostel here – alongside the politicians and bureaucrats you’ll find scores of backpackers exploring this buzzing, well-connected city from their hostel dorms. There are countless cheap youth hostels to base yourself in, and with most major attractions within walking distance of each other, a downtown or city centre hostel makes exploring a stukje taart (that’s a piece of cake, btw). Throw some exciting bars, great food and a lively youth culture into the mix and you can see why Brussels is a winner for hostelling groups and solo travellers alike. It has a famous statue of a tiny peeing boy, ferchrissakes. What’s not to love?
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Brussels Airport is the city’s main airport. To reach the city centre and its hostels, take the Airport Line train on Level 1, which stops at the three main railway stations in Brussels. Alternatively, the Airport Express bus and a number of other buses depart and arrive at the bus station at Level 0: www.b-rail.be.
Charleroi Airport is 50km away, known as Brussels South. A shuttle bus operates to Gare du Midi (www.brussels-city-shuttle.com), or you can take a bus to Charleroi-Sud station then the train to Brussels.
Many backpackers arrive at Brussels-Midi (also known as Brussels-South), which is served by international high-speed trains operated by Eurostar and Thalys, as well as national Belgian services. It’s one of three main railway stations in the city. The others are Brussels-North and Brussels-Central. All three connect with metro lines, buses and trams. www.stib.be.
Eurolines services stop at Brussels-North, which has good local transport connections – six rail lines, two tram lines and around 20 local bus lines.
The Airport Line is a public bus operating between Brussels Airport and Luxembourg. Airport Express (www.airportexpress.be) operates between Antwerp and Brussels Airport; Brussels Airport Express (www.brusselsairportexpress.be) operates between Breda, Rotterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands and Brussels Airport.
A ‘jump’ ticket is valid for one hour from time of validation. Purchase in sets of five or 10 or buy a day ticket.
Tickets can be bought at GO machines in the metro stations. Validate tickets before travelling. Doors to metro trains and trams do not open automatically on arrival at stations/stops.
Language: Most people speak French, but Flemish (Dutch) is also spoken. Signs are in both languages.
Timezone: Central European Time zone (CET)
Dialing code: +32 for Belgium, 02 for Brussels
Brussels’ main Post Office (Avenue Fonsny Office at Brussels Midi Station) is open every day, including Sundays. Avenue Fonsny 32, 1060 Saint-Gilles
02 524 43 08
The main A & E hospital in central Brussels is Saint-Pierre University Hospital; rue Haute, 322 - B1000 Brussels 02 535 31 11.
For non-urgent cases, go to Louise Medical Centre, Avenue Louise 284, 1050 Ville de Bruxelles, 02 534 29 99. Both have English-speaking doctors.
Pharmacy emergency number: 0900 10 500
There are two tourism associations in Brussels:
Visit Brussels on Grand Place, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium 02 513 89 40 and Tourism Flanders (Toerisme Vlaanderen) on Rue Marché aux Herbes 61 - 1000 Brussels 02 504 04 35.
Typical opening hours:
Shops are open from Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00hrs; most close on Sundays although bakeries and patisseries open on Sunday mornings.
Emergency numbers: Dial 112 for police, fire and ambulance services.