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Brussels is easy to reach by air and international and national rail and road. As a result, it's an ideal destination for events. The city also sees a considerable number of cross-border commuters travel in and out each day!
Brussels' great central location means that you can go anywhere in the capital very quickly. It's incredibly easy to move around in this compact city. If you’re staying near the city center, walking is a wonderful way to explore or to reach your event venue. A cost-effective public transportation system of metro trains, buses, and trams also makes it easy for meeting guests to reach key destinations, such as the Brussels Exhibition Centre, the cornerstone of the Brussels Expo group. With over 1 million square feet of flexible exhibition space, this leading event facility — Belgium's largest exhibition center — can accommodate up to 2,000 people and features an impressive selection of exhibition halls, auditoriums, and meeting rooms.
In addition to the Brussels Exhibition Centre, the city's Square-Brussels Meeting Centre spans several halls, auditoriums, and studio spaces, all located on the Mont des Arts in the cultural heart of the city. Looking for a unique event venue? Museums, concert halls, sports centers, and even historic castles aren't off-limits when it comes to event planning in Brussels.
With 48,000 EU officials, diplomats, international business workers, and press correspondents, Brussels has the highest concentration of decision-makers who shape the lives of hundreds of millions of people. The city hosts all the major EU institutions and is home to a huge diplomatic corps and journalist community, as well as countless lobby groups. You can’t get any nearer to Europe’s policymakers than Brussels! But the city is also about business, with 1,700 international corporations operating Europe-wide from their base here, spawning a diverse business services sector.
Brussels also facilitates meaningful connections and networking with other associations, private partners, and public authorities. With its highly skilled, multilingual workforce and depth of support services, it is the best spot for building membership and getting up close with European decision-makers. Hosting 2,250 headquarters, Brussels is home to more international associations than any other city.
Concerning sustainability, Brussels is not only one of the greenest cities in Europe, it also has ambitious plans when it comes to climate adaptation, green mobility, and urban livability. Visit.brussels' dedicated team and local congress management companies work with you to make your meeting greener. Join the Annual Carbon Capture & Storage Summit, Sustainable Energy Week ,and many other clean-tech events that choose to meet in Brussels.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Featuring a temperate maritime climate, Brussels has its best weather from May to September. From late spring through early fall months are popular with visitors. The winter months see more rainfall than snow. January is noted as the coldest of the winter months with daytime lows of 41°F. The winter weather is prone to early morning frost, washed away by midday sleet and rain. Spring comes to Brussels quite noticeably, with a sudden increase in sunlight and high daytime temperatures of 60°F. Summer temperatures can be anywhere between 72°F and 77°F, with intermittent showers. The annual precipitation in Brussels is 31 inches.
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Brussels Airport (BRU)
Located about 25 minutes from the city center in the region of Zaventem, Brussels Airport is the main source for flights in Belgium and one of the largest airports in Europe, serving over 22 million passengers in 2016. Brussels Airport connects the city to hundreds of worldwide destinations aboard nearly 80 airlines, as well as features an array of shops and restaurants. Brussels Airport is extremely accessible by any means of transportation, featuring direct train and bus service. In fact, even cyclists are welcome thanks to the airport's designated cycle lane and bike-parking zone.
The Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) operates the public transport network in Belgium, which includes metro lines that connect the eastern and western districts of the city, as well as bus and tram connections. Most routes run daily from 6:00 am to midnight. Managed by the STIB, the Brussels Metro is the quickest and most efficient form of public transport in the city. The system consists of four conventional lines and two premetro lines, or underground tramway stations. STIB operates a system of bus routes throughout the Brussels metropolitan area. In addition to regular bus service, STIB runs Noctis, a network of bus lines that run across the Brussels region Friday and Saturday nights.
Rental car desks for Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty can be found in the arrivals hall at Brussels Airport.
Passengers traveling from Brussels Airport to Brussels should expect to pay approximately 45 EUR in taxi fare.
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