Brussels Charleroi Airport or Brussels South Charleroi Airport is one of Belgium’s busiest airports and handles over 5 million passengers a year. It is served by low cost and budget airlines such as Ryanair, Jetairfly and Wizz Air. If you have car hire from Brussels Charleroi Airport, the city of Brussels is 46 km away and Charleroi is within a 10minute drive.
Brussels Charleroi Airport has a new modern terminal with the basic facilities a traveller would need for their journey. For those extra Euros, there is the ICE currency exchange office and ATMs are located around the terminal. There is a travel agency too, if you need to make any changes to your travel plans. Wi-Fi hotspots are available if you want to surf the net whilst you wait for your flight. There are vending machines with drinks, sandwiches and sweets, should you need a snack to take on board. For a little shopping, you can buy a magazine at Airport News and delicious Belgian chocolates at Leonidas. For all your duty free items, head for Skyshops and see what is on offer. If you are hungry, there are 4 outlets to choose from including Cafe Elior and Paul. If you need food in a hurry, try Oui Shop and the Cafe Liegeas Takeaway Point.
Charleroi is the 3rd largest city in Belgium and known for its Museum of Photography and dance festival. It is an industrial city and a cultural melting pot, but there are still things to see in the city. You can visit the grand Belfry of Charleroi and the central Charles II Square with its fountains. For a little culture, visit the Fine Arts Museum and the Jules Destree Museum. There is also an Archaeology Museum and a Centre for Culture and Science de l’Ulb. You can shop in Ville II or browse the bustling market on Orleans Street.
Further afield with your car hire at Brussels Charleroi, you can head for the grand old city of Brussels. Head for the Grand Place, the historic centre with all its traditional buildings and don’t forget to explore the backstreets in search of the Mannequin Pis. You can also see the Palais de Justice and the iconic Atomium sculpture. To find out more about the city’s heritage, visit the Belvue Museum or for something completely different, look at Europe’s famous landmarks in miniature at Mini Europe.