Brussels travel guide, hotels in brussels, food, transport

Brussels Travel Guide: Hotels in Brussels | Food | Transport

(Updated April 2017)

Belgium’s beautiful capital and the administrative capital of the European Union, Brussels is a historic yet trendy, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self confident yet understated, and multicultural to its roots. All this fascination plays out so well in a city-scape that goes from majestic to quirky to rundown and back again. Organic Art Nouveau structures face off against the 1960s concrete developments, and 19th century regal mansions contrast with the glaring glass of the EU’s Gotham City. This whole manifestation swirls out from the medieval core of Brussels, where the Grand Place is still one of the world’s most beautiful squares.

As the focal center of European institutions and culture, Brussels offers much more than most people can imagine. Beside its famous chocolates and beers, there are almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, architecture, bars and so much more Brussels offers to it’s city dwellers and tourists alike.

Brussels travel guide, hotels in brussels, food, transport
Brussels tourism – Image: dagre-fr

City Vibe: 

Overall city vibe is relaxed, easy going, sophisticated and very cosmopolitan.

Brussels host European Parliament and so it gives you a political hub feel and also make it very cosmopolitan.

City has incredibly beautiful architecture, museums, churches, parks and sights. The Grand Place at the city center literally sums up the art, architecture, culture and over-all beauty of the city.

City gives you an easy going, cultured feel wherever you go or whatever you do.

Brussels’ strategic location also makes it a great base for other European cities. It is relatively an expensive city but one must visit at least once.

Brussels travel guide, hotels in brussels, food, transport
Brussels – Image – worldtravelguide

Hotels in Brussels:

Average hotel prices:

2 Stars $100-110  |  3 Stars  $110-125  |  4 Stars $125-145  |  5 Stars $150 and above

Average hostel dorm bed in the center of the city can be around $27 and single rooms can be about $40.

Alternatively, one can also explore other bed and breakfast and apartment/room share options available in the city.

Interestingly, average room rates for 4 and 5 stars hotels are comparatively lower then other European cities.


Belgium and chocolate is a sweet combination everyone loves, so does famous Belgian waffles and delicious crepes and not to forget, unique mussels and beer combination for all the cheers you need.

Plenty of places to eat with wide variety of food choices available all over the city.

Brussels is in an expensive city when it comes to food (also). A basic breakfast would be around $7. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant would be between $7-14. Dinner ranges from $10 to 18. A combo meal at McDonalds would cost you around $8-9.50 and a 3 course meal at mid-range restaurant can easily set you back for $270.

Regular Cappuccino, a small bottle of water and Coke, all cost between $2.50 to 3.50.

Brussels travel guide, hotels in brussels, food, transport
Brussels – Image: ifpress-com


Minimum taxi fare starts at $3.25 for first kilometer and then $2 for every additional kilometer. Night fares are slightly higher. A 5 kilometer journey could be easily around $14.

City center can be best explored on foot.

Few different operators together operate the entire public transport system in Brussels. It has a well-developed public transport network which include Buses, trains and trams to help you travel within and outside the city with ease. Approximate cost as follows:

Single one way journey between $2.30-2.85 /Return around $4.70

  • Unlimited Passes: 1 day $8.20 / 2 days $15 and 3 days for $20

As you can notice, public transport is bit expensive too.

Brussels travel guide, hotels in brussels, food, transport
Fascinating Brussels. Image: tourist.destination

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