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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2017
Alexander Pushkin in Brussels  (1 Answer)

Hi, if there is anybody still there...
I am going to Brussels in May, just read today - it's exactly 180 years since he was killed by a fellow from these places - that there is a statue, a street and even a bus stop in Brussels named after our poet Alexander Pushkin (Pouchkine).
I have found the statue in Laeken (wonder where this is), between metro stations Belgica and Bockstael. No sign of any street.
Any idea how I get to this Laeken from Avenue des Merles, 9 à Woluwé Saint Pierre. The good old Google says it should take about an hour on two buses (or maybe they are metro lines). Does it look feasible?
I do not know much about Brussels, have got a Home Exchange arrangment there - helps to travel economically...



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2016
Do-it-yourself trip to Brussels  (31 Answers)

Trying Home Exchange - anyone knows where Avenue des Merles at Woluwé Saint Pierre is?
I checked internet maps, it appears to be a 1 - 2 storey suburb about 30 - 40 minutes both from the airport and Brussels centre.
Thank God, there is metro, and it looks like a direct line to Grand Place etc.
I wonder if it's feasible to plan a day trip to Brugge?
I do not know much about Brussels, unfortunately, and will hardly be an expert before I get there. For this reason I expect three days will be enough for me to see the main attractions. But I have about 10 days in May, must figure out what to do.
By the way, do they have a May 1 day off? - In France I once saw that the transportation does not function as everyone holds a meeting! And then May 8 - fireworks or something?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2016
Dialing a mobile in Belgium  (3 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Brussels. Having communicqated with the landlady by e-mail, I have now a problem with her phone number - I guess something is missing.
The number starts with +32 for Belgium, then it has 2 for Brussels, and then seven digitals. But it doesn't go!
I tried to put in '4' - as Wikipedia advises - no result
It's the first time I have such a problem, all other numbers I dial from another country - in France or Sweden, for example - function OK


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2016
where are the French-speaking libraries in Brussels?  (1 Answer)

where to go here to BORROW books? Dutch have a good system (bruno.be), but I dont know and am not interested in that language.
Where do French speakers go?
KBR (National Library) is only for consultation sur place! I want to read at home....


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2016
Ask about transport  (6 Answers)

Hello everyone here,

I got a problem here and i really need your help .

I will arrive in Brussels airport 23:00 after 1st of Sep, even though I read through Brussels metro, I still feel confused.

So, is it possible I can purchase a ticket valid for 72hours on line either can I buy in the auto machine on the airport or.. what else option I have?

The website really made it complicated with that two kinds of card, so should I get one or not????

Thanks for helping me and I do appreciate your words.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2016
Weekend Trip: From Paris to Belgium - Brussels-Ghent-Bruges-Antwerp  (8 Answers)

Need help on planning my itinerary :

Travelers : 2 - My wife and myself

Departing from Paris : 19th August ( Friday evening post 6 pm )

Arrival back to Paris : 22nd August ( Monday morning by 7 am )

Budget : 700 Euros for two.

Reason for traveling : Nearest destination to Paris. Wanted to visit Germany , but i felt i would lose out time on commuting between cities. Each country is different and famous for one or the other reason. Would definitely like to purchase chocolates from Belgium and have beer. I had an opportunity to visit Paris just for a month. Hence, covering Paris city on weekdays post work and planning to visit nearby countries over the weekend.

Other inputs : Haven't booked anything yet. Willing to travel by bus , train. Had visited Switzerland last weekend for 3 days. Looking for a similar weekend getaway.

- Is it feasible to cover Brussels-Ghent-Bruges-Antwerp in 2 days ? If so , how shall i plan my itinerary. How should i be booking my travel tickets ? Which places to visit ( considering time duration required to commute between these 4 cities ). Is it possible to cover all 4 ? Or should i choose 2 or 3 among these.

- Are there any Belgium passes ? Like the way it is present in Switzerland. I had purchased a TELL pass in Lucerne that got me covered for 3 days without having to pay for anything else.

- I have already made arrangements to visit Amsterdam on 27th August weekend. So that part is covered. If Brussels-Ghent-Bruges-Antwerp isn't feasible , please suggest any other better places to visit. How about Luxembourg? Or Rotterdam ? Or Cologne/ Bon ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2016
Getting Through Brussels Airport  (2 Answers)

Any current issues when arriving by train to Brussels Airport that one needs to be aware of


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Brussels Chaleroi to Brussel city: shuttle bus after midnight  (3 Answers)

I will be arriving at Brussels Chaleroi at 2300. Does the shuttle bus to Brussels Midi/Centrale operate after midnight? And other than cabs, what is the most convenient and affordable form of transport from Brussels Midi to nearby hotels?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2016
Airport bagagge drop times  (8 Answers)

Hi all!

I'll be flying from Brussels to Lisbon on the 16th of this Month. How are things at the airport at the moment? Big queues for dropping the baggage since I believe there are few open desks now?

The check-in is already done, only really need to drop the baggage.

Thanks!
Karl


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2016
Wrong phonenumbers for information!  (6 Answers)

Apparently both Qatar airways website and booking.com mention a wrong phonenumber for information regarding the Brussels attacks.
The correct number is +3278151771.

I have posted some travel alerts in the alert section here on VT.
I'll try to update them as good as possible.
One of the alerts mentions some links and phonenumbers which should always have the latest info.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2016
Safety in Brussels for solo female wheelchair user  (6 Answers)

I am planning to spend a couple of days in Brussels at the end of March, staying near to the Grand Place. Is this area safe for a female wheelchair user travelling alone? I may attend a concert in the area which means travelling back to hotel late at night. How safe would this be? Any suggestions/tips greatly received. If I shouldn't even consider this trip, please let me know!

Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2016
Ouibus tickets  (1 Answer)

I am trying to buy 6 tickets on Ouibus to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the website does not allow credit/debit cards from the United Arab Emirates to be processed...any ideas/suggestions to book these tickets...

How is the service anyway of Ouibus? The 6 tickets are costing me 54 Euros for travel in end-July...

Any inputs will be appreciated.

Cheers!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2016
Breakfast/brunch places near the Radisson Blue Royal?  (5 Answers)

We'll be spending 2 full days in Brussels next weekend. Can you please recommend nice cute places for breakfast near our hotel, not too expensive? (We like coffee more than beer!;)))) I made some research but didn't know the name of the area we are staying so couldn't figure out if they were walking distance from our hotel.

thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2016
Brussels - Park and Ride Location Safety  (4 Answers)

My wife and I are traveling around Belgium by car and will visit Brussels for 3 days. We would prefer to stay as close as possible to the center of Brussels, that is some place within a 10 minute walk of the Grand Plasce, but someplace that is also inexpensive and in a safe area. I'm using a number of sites to find a palce, however, any suggestions are welcomed.

But more importantly, where to park our car safely and for free to reduce cost. I found P+R Reyers - Kolonel Bourgstraat - 1030 Schaarbeek. This seems to be the closest to the Grand Place. We would drop our bags off at a hotel, drive to this P & R, park the car ror 3 nights and return to the city via tram.

The key question is how safe is this P & R? Are there others that would be safer to park at? Since all 8 P & R places are free, safety of the car is the key criteria.

Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Winter coat or rain coat?  (7 Answers)

Going to Belgium in early March. Should I wear a winter coat or a rain coat?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
Vegetarian food  (1 Answer)

I have a two questions: 1. Specific vegetarian restaurants near the airport area? 2. Top local vegetarian dishes to order?
Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2016
How safe is Brussels?  (11 Answers)

We've been planning a trip for a while to include the Netherlands, Belgium including Brussels, and Luxembourg. Traveling some time this summer.

Given the recent terrorists attacks in Paris with connections to Brussels, I'm reconsidering this part of our trip. From folks who live there or nearby, what are your thoughts/inputs? Yes, I understand that if I let the terrorists influence my decision, then they have won. But ...

thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2016
Car rental  (4 Answers)

Will be renting a car from midi stn in july from hertz anyone had experience with this also need hotel close to stn for one night for 2 adults 2 kids 14 and 16


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2016
10 jump voyage validity for a jump  (1 Answer)

hi i have a 10 jump voyage mobib card . if i have to travel in metro and tram to reach a place in brussels, do i need to display the card in metro as well as bus.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2016
Shenzhen VISA  (5 Answers)

I am from India and will be travelling to Shenzhen countries. Wish to plan visit to Brussels for two days. Is Shenzhen VISA issued by Czech Republic will be valid in Belgium or not. Do I need to take any other permission to enter Belgium.
bkc1


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2016
Worth for a no-museum couple?  (15 Answers)

Hello friends, how are you doing?

My girlfriend and I are thinkin about going to Brussels and brugges in May. We know that we are going to really enjoy brugges as it looks really beautiful and it's going to be just a daytrip from Brussels, so we ain't going to be out of things to see during that day.

But, about Brussels... I have looked at some "top 10 things to do" and it looks like Brussels is mostly about museums. My girlfriend and I are not really into museums, art galleries and so on. We really like to stroll the streets (if they are worth it, of course), see outside monuments, having great views of the city landscape... Basically spending most of the day on the outside going by foot from one place to another.

We are staying only for a day, as the other day will be dedicated to Brugges. Is Brussels capable of filling a day by our taste? What do you feel about a no-museum-and-art-galleries couple spending a day at Brussels?

Thank you so much, have a nice 2016!
Karl


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2015
Brussels airport  (1 Answer)

Is their luggage storage at the airport?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2015
Transportation  (5 Answers)

I've been in Brussels three times always with car. This time, I will arrive in Zaventem in October 18th and leave on the 21st. I plan to visit Bruges in the 19th, and spend all the remaining time in Brussels, and I'm hesitating between renting a car or using public transport. I'm a senior (my wife isn't), with good discounts, and driving in town is not a pleasant idea. Any suggestion about public transport options, including the quick visit to Bruges?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2015
Sightseing  (7 Answers)

going to Brussels for three days next march want to know whats the best things to see and do?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2015
Mifi 3G router  (1 Answer)

Hi we are four have mifi 3G router it portable wifi can we put SIM card for 3 g to use wifi all
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2015
mifi in brussels  (2 Answers)

hi
I have mifi 3g router,4 persons can use wifi .
can I buy sim card to use 3g with usb 3g modem
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2015
from airport to brussel  (5 Answers)

hi we are 4 adults
will stay 2 days in brussel,what best affordable hotels to stay ,
advice near airport or city center
any shared airport shuttle company
thanks
which hotels on way of public transport


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
chepest travel from airport to Bruges at night  (9 Answers)

hello,

We arrive at Brussles Chaleroi airport at 21:30 so wanted to know how to and how much public transport is to Bruges centre for a hotel at that time?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2015
Transit Visa Inquiry  (2 Answers)

I am travelling from India to Liberia, i hole a Liberia ordinary Passport and will be transiting in Brussels for 4:45 minutes on a single ticket from India to Liberia via Brussels. Do i need a transit visa?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2015
STIB Jump 24h ticket  (1 Answer)

Hi, everybody!

I'm going to travel from BRU Airport to the Brussels city center and to go around there. Then I need to go to Diegem (near the airport). And finally, the next day (within 24 hours) go back to the airport.

In this case, I found the STIB Jump 24h ticket very attractive. But I don't understand exactly what area it works on.

So, can I buy this ticket at the airport and:
1. Take a train to Gare Centrale (or it's for bus only - #12, 21)?
2. Take a train (or another mode) from Brussels to Diegem station?
3. Take a train from Diegem to the airport?

Thank you for your help!



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