There are regular coach departures from England as well as from at least ten other European countries giving a comfortable and affordable way of reaching the Belgian capital. Eurolines, FlixBus and Ouibus, all European-owned providers, have regular daily departures from London Victoria Coach Station with a similar timetable operating seven days a week. Coaches to Brussels complete their journeys at either Brussels-Midi or Brussels Gare du Nord train stations.
There is no dedicated coach station in Brussels. Instead, both Brussels-Midi and Brussels Gare du Nord stations operate as bus terminals. Both are large and busy stations with good transport links by local and Metro trains, taxis and buses. Facilities at both stations include car and bicycle parking, wifi, left luggage storage, ATM machines, toilets, shops and cafes.
While a range of coach companies run services to Brussels from across Europe, routes from London are operated by Eurolines, Ouibus and FlixBus. All routes involve one connection which is made in Paris and have journey times of between 14 and 16.5 hours.
While travelling by coach to Brussels takes longer than by plane or train it is a very cost-effective way of making the journey. You also avoid the lengthy check-in times and security formalities required when flying. All departures are from London Victoria Coach Station which is easily reached by bus or train from most cities and towns in mainland Britain. Coaches are modern with comfortable seats and onboard facilities of toilets, wifi and power outlets.
While much of Brussels wears a modern facade, its centre is a sweeping mix of contemporary glass architecture, Art Deco buildings and lavish 19th-century mansions. At the heart is the glorious Grand Place, maybe one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Other city highlights include the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts and the Parc du Cinquantenaire with its triumphal arch. Be sure to have coffee and cake in a Baroque cafe so typical of Brussels and then dine on its culinary classic, moules (mussels) and frites. Pick up a STIB/MIVB transport map when you arrive in the city to help you navigate its complex transport system of Metro trains, local buses and trams.