Traveling to Antwerp
Because of Antwerp’s location along the banks of the river Scheldt, the city offers unequalled access to wherever you need to go. The matchless combination of a great port, an extensive road network, a central station and international airports places Antwerp at a stone’s throw from every major European access point and consumer centre.
Brussels International Airport
Several airlines operate direct flights (some daily) from major European airports to Brussels International Airport. The airport is situated approximately 45 km south of Antwerp City centre and it has regular flight connections to numerous European destinations, as well as destinations outside of Europe.
Once you arrive at Brussels International Airport, you can easily reach Antwerp by:
By train from Brussels International Airport to Antwerp Central Station
It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Antwerp Central Train Station. Trains operate 7 days a week, every 30 minutes from 5 am until midnight. Please check the current timetable here. The adult fare (‘normal’) is approximately 12.00 euro. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines (passenger terminal, train station).
By bus from Brussels International Airport to Antwerp Central Station
There is a bus operating every day from Brussels International Airport to Antwerp City and back. For more information and the exact timetable, click here Tickets cost 10.00 euro and there is no advanced booking necessary.
By taxi from Brussels International Airport to Antwerp Central Station
Taxis cost approximately 150.00 euro from Brussels International Airport to Antwerp City. Please only use registered official taxis. License plates should always start with a “T”.
Antwerp Airport in Deurne is the closest one to the City of Antwerp, approximately 7 km. You can fly directly to Antwerp from the following destinations: London, Southampton, Geneva, Hamburg, Berlin, Milan, Roma, Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca. The airport is small-scaled and is known for its fast check-in, short walking distances and affordable parking.
How to get to the Antwerp City Center from Antwerp Airport:
By Bus (De Lijn)
Line 51, 52, 53 to Antwerp Berchem (15min.) + transfer to bus 21, 32 or tram 9,11 to Antwerp City Centre (Rooseveltplaats).
Bus station next to terminal. Fare: € 3
Taxi to Antwerp City Centre (+/- 15 min.) Fare: +/- € 15
Upon arrival of scheduled flights, taxis are available when leaving the airport building. The taxis are located across the road (at the roundabout) from the airport building. If taxis are not available or insufficient; please visit the information desk situated in the main hall and ask for additional licensed taxis.
City Express Shuttle is a collaboration between Antwerp International Airport and DTM Taxi. This service offers you the possibility to travel in a fast and convenient way to Astridplein (Antwerp Central Station area) at a set price of € 5 per person.
The City Express Service can be booked at the Information Desk and is only valid for inbound passengers after arrival at Antwerp Airport and in possession of a valid (same day) boarding card.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Distance from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Antwerp City Centre will be approximately 115 km, without traffic the duration will be 1 hour 20 minutes.
How to get to the Antwerp City Center from Charleroi airport:
You can opt for the combined train and bus ticket. Take the bus from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Charleroi South train station (20 min) + train to Antwerpen Centraal (Central Station) ( +/- 110 min.) Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB) operates a train from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Antwerp hourly. The price of the ticket covers your transfer by bus and journey by train. You can buy your ticket online, at the ticket offices or via the vending machines that are located near Entrance 2.
Fare (ticket includes bus and train): +/- € 17
By bus shuttle
My Super Shuttle runs every four hours from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Antwerp Central station. Duration will be 1h30min. Estimated price will be € 25 per person.
Make sure you always use licensed taxis. Rates will be around € 120 per person one way.
Other international airports
Flanders has easy access from other international Airports.
Direct connection to Antwerp with Thalys:
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (FR)
Connection to Brussels with Thalys:
Düsseldorf Airport (DE)
Connection to Brussels with ICE / DB Bahn:
Frankfurt Airport (DE)
You can find further information about the various airports near Antwerp here.
You can easily get to Antwerp by train.
National and international trains such as Thalys (from Amsterdam and Paris) stop in Antwerp-Central station and Antwerp-Berchem. If you arrive in Central Station, then stop and take the time to look around you. Many publications have rated it as one of the most beautiful stations in the world. There are various tram and bus connections into the city centre, from Antwerp-Central Station and Antwerp-Berchem.
Several international airports in the broader area are available by high-speed train! Schiphol (NL), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (FR), Düsseldorf (DE) and Frankfurt (DE). See paragraph above for more details.
Antwerp is located at a central junction of several European motorways and can be easily reached by car. Are you planning on coming to Antwerp by car? Please note that the city centre of Antwerp is now a low emission zone. Register your vehicle before coming to Antwerp and check whether you can enter the zone.
From Amsterdam – Breda (E19) or from Bergen op Zoom (A12)
Take exit 1, Antwerpen-Centrum (Merksem). Follow the signs for Antwerpen-Centrum, along Groenendaallaan and the Noorderlaan viaducts. For the historic city centre – continue along Londenstraat and Amsterdamstraat after the Noorderlaan viaduct. At the top of Amsterdamstraat, turn left at the traffic lights onto the Scheldt quays. For the Meir/ Central Station/ Zoo – continue along Italiëlei and the boulevards (Leien) after the Noorderlaan viaduct.
From Cologne – Aachen – Liège – Hasselt (E40 – E314 – E313) or from Eindhoven (E34)
For the historic city centre – take exit 1 on the ring road (R1) around Antwerp and continue along Groenendaallaan towards Antwerpen-Centrum. Turn left onto Noorderlaan and continue until you have passed the Noorderlaan viaduct. After the viaduct, continue along Londenstraat and Amsterdamstraat. At the top of Amsterdamstraat, turn left at the traffic lights onto the Scheldt quays. For the Meir / Central Station/ Zoo – take Antwerpen-Centrum (Borgerhout), exit 17. Turn left at the traffic light and continue along Noordersingel. Turn right under the railway bridge at the second traffic light and continue along Plantin and Moretuslei until the third set of traffic lights, under the railway bridge and up to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right and drive past the municipal park. Continue until you reach the boulevards (Leien) at the second traffic lights.
From Paris – Brussels (E19)
For the historic city centre – on approaching Antwerp, see signs for the Craeybeckx Tunnel. In the tunnel take the right lane, and then the left lane towards Ring (R1) / Gent. On the Antwerp ring road (R1) take the first exit, Antwerpen – Centrum/ Kiel. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue along Singel, Bolivarplaats, Jan van Gentstraat and Namenstraat to the T-junction with the Scheldt quays. Turn right at the traffic lights. For Meir/ Central Station / Zoo – on approaching Antwerp, see the Craeybeckx Tunnel. Take the right lane towards Ring (R1). On the Antwerp ring Road (R1) take the next exit, exit 3 (Borgerhout). Turn left at the traffic light and continue along Plantin en Moretuslei until the third set of traffic lights, under the railway bridge and up to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right and drive past the municipal park. Continue until you reach the boulevard (Leien) at the second traffic lights.
From Brussels (A12)
For the historic city centre – follow signs for Antwerpen – Centrum through the Jan De Vos Tunnel and at the fork, bear right towards Singel (R10). Turn left at the traffic lights and continue along Singel, Bolivarplaats, Jan van Gentstraat and Namenstraat to the T-junction with the Scheldt quays. Turn right at the traffic lights. For Meir /Central Sation/ Zoo – follow Antwerpen-Centrum through the Jan De Vos Tunnel and bear left at the fork towards Bolivar Tunnel and Leien. Continue along the boulevard.
ATTENTION! Low-emission zone in Antwerp
The most polluting vehicles may no longer enter the city! These include older diesel-powered cars and very old petrol-powered cars. The conditions are more stringent for diesel-powered cars than for cars powered by petrol, LPG or natural gas. Diesel-powered cars emit more soot and particulate matter.
This applies to all vehicles: passenger cars, camper vans, delivery vans and lorries, agricultural vehicles, buses (this includes tourist coaches). More details can be found on the website of the City of Antwerp.
Getting around Antwerp
You can get around Antwerp using buses and trams. However, the Old Town and many other historical places are located within walking distance.
Tickets can be bought from vending machines around the city, once on board from the driver (prepare exact change) or at certain newsagents.
Single journey adult fare is 3,00 Euro. Please be aware that paper tickets need to be validated using special machines once on board, else you will be liable to pay a penalty fare.
Antwerp is a great place to explore by bike. Move fast throughout Antwerp and her surrounding districts with the city bikes from Velo Antwerpen. With a day pass you can make short rides between the different Velo-stations. A day pass only costs 4,00 Euro.
In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, we recommend only using licensed taxi companies. Such taxi should have a visible price-list, a taximeter and a company logo with a phone number.
Taxis can be ordered by phone, some of them online or at a taxicab stand.
You will pay approximately 2.95 euro upfront charge and 2,10 Euro for every subsequent km (week day, day-time fare, zone 1).
Antwerp is perfect for exploring on foot. Most city highlights, such as Grand Place, Antwerp cathedral, are situated close to one another, in the historical centre where pedestrian zones make walking friendly and safe.