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Brussels General Information

If you are planning on visiting Brussels you might be wondering what travel documents you need, what languages are spoken in Belgium, what the country’s currency is and a lot more questions, which you will find answered here below:  

Frequent questions

  • Idioma en Bruselas What is Belgium’s official language? Do most people speak English? Will I be able to get by if I don’t speak French?
  • Documentación necesaria Can I travel with an identity card or do I need a passport? Do I need a visa to travel to Belgium?
  • Precios en Bruselas Is it expensive to eat out? How much does a Belgian beer cost? How much money do I need to visit Brussels?
  • Tiempo en Bruselas When is the best time to visit Brussels? Does it rain a lot in Brussels? Is it cold in winter?
  • Horario comercial en Bruselas When do shops open in Brussels? Do the stores open on Sunday? Do all museums and top attractions have the same opening hours?
  • Días festivos en Bruselas What public holidays are there in Brussels? When is the Belgian National day?

Other questions

Brussels facts and figures

Brussels has just over one million inhabitants and its metropolitan area has over two million people.

Currency

Like some other members of the European Union, the official currency in Belgium is the Euro.

Current local time

The time zone in Belgium is CEST (Central European Summer Time) in the summer and CET (Central European Time) in winter and is the same time as Paris, Madrid, Rome and Amsterdam (to mention a few capital cities).

Healthcare system in Belgium

If you are a UK citizen you have access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that will enable you to have access to Belgian healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. For citizens from the United States, Canada, Australia or other non-European countries, it is not obligatory to get health insurance to travel to Belgium. However, we recommend to get some type of travel insurance before traveling since healthcare can occasionally be expensive. 

Electricity, plugs and sockets

Belgium uses type C plugs  with two round pins, which are commonly used in Europe, with 230 V and 50 Hz. If your appliances do not match the type C we recommend you either buy an adapter or ask to borrow one if you are staying at a hotel.

Helpful Telephone numbers

  • Emergency number: 100
  • Brussels area code: 2
  • Belgium area code: 32
  • Police: 100

Belgian Tourist Office

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about Belgium, Brussels and Flanders in particular, why not check out Visit Flanders website?