I advise you to take the train. A cab will get stuck in traffic at 8 am.
From Brugge to the airport takes about 1h30. You can take a train at 6:31am, than you'll arrive at 7:56 am at the airport.
First you take the train to Brussels, there you transfer.
Have a nice stay !
Hello, I have a similar question. Our plane to the USA (United) leaves at 12:10 PM on a Sunday. We want to take a taxi to the airport from our hotel in Brugge. (I know it costs more but one of us has back problems and this is easier with luggage before a long flight.)
About how much might this cost? About how long on a Sunday morning?
Also, the United website says get to the airport 3 hours before the flight. This seems really early...all other airports say 2 hours. Is there something about the Brussels airport that makes 3 hours needed? Thanks!
On a Sunday It should take about 1 hour to 1.5 hours by Taxi - assuming no hold ups.
Brussels is a fairly big airport with a large terminal in which it can be a fair distance to the gate. Security can take a while.
I've flown out of there many times on business, though on short routes back to the UK. I have seen it get busy, particularly at vacation time. I don't know how that applies to Sundays.
If the airline suggests 3 hours I would plan for that.
There are some cafes and shops to occupy the time!
hi.. i have the same question.. i'm flying from Brussels International to Barcelona in september..the flights i have seen until this moment are leaving in the morning (10:00AM)..the problem is that i will be staying in Brugge, not Brussels, so i was wondering if the 3hour period would be necessary for a budget airline flight.. also, i'm a non european citizen, and i don't know if the check in could be slower?
thanks in advance for the help
There are some taxi firms who do special rates for airport service. Contact these people at www.brugsetaxiservice.be. On sunday it is not that busy on the Brussels highway, so 1.5h is ok. Check your flight company for check-in time. We, at charmingbrugge .be als have an airport service of our own.
Cheers, a local
"i was wondering if the 3hour period would be necessary for a budget airline flight.. also, i'm a non european citizen, and i don't know if the check in could be slower?"
It is not the type of airline that makes a difference, or your own nationality: it is the destination, effectively continental (when it is recommended to be at the airport 2 hours before flight) or trans-continental (3 hours), and in the latter case, especially for the U.S. where in addition to the normal check-in time you have to add extra security checks just before the gate.
At check-in, everyone's passport gets checked to find out whether you have the necessary visa/nationality to benefit from visa waiver for the country you want to fly to. This takes no longer for a non-EU citizen unless of course there is a hold-up because you don't have a visa if this is necessary. What causes lines at check-in is simply the volume of passengers, and of course these are longer for cheaper flights and shorter for business class passengers.
After check in you have - if travelling from Pier B, i.e. outside Schengen zone - passport control: where there are generally longer lines for EU than non-EU passengers (although they move faster!). Travelling to Barcelona from Pier A, you only have to present a boarding card, although the airline asks for passport (or for EU citizens, national ID card) again when taking boarding passes.
After boarding card/passport control you have security, where lines depend on how many x-ray machines they have operating (often only half of those available).
And after that you can have a long walk to the gate, and in the case of U.S. flights, further security checks just before the gate.
The only thing that might make a difference as regards budget airlines (apart from whether they actually depart from Brussels Airport - many of them operate out of Charleroi!) is that charter flights sometimes use buses to the plane instead of direct entry from the terminal. This makes it important to arrive at the gate in good time for boarding.
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