Prepare your trip

  • What are you permitted to take in your hand baggage?
  • Liquids and gels in containers of maximum 100 ml.

Sound preparation is key to a smooth departure. Check in online to save time. Check whether your passport or identity card is still valid. Step 2 explains how to ensure a smooth arrival at the airport.


  • Plan your route from your home
  • Book your train ticket
  • Reserve your parking space

Coming by train, bus, bicycle or on foot? All roads lead to Brussels Airport. You chose the most convenient way to get to here. Prefer to come by car? Then reserve your parking space. Or have someone drop you off at the drop-off zone.


  • Park at walking distance or take the shuttle
  • Lock & VIP parking for additional service

There are more than 10,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the Terminal. Another 2,000 parking spaces are located slightly further away. The free shuttle will take you directly to the airport building. Want a guaranteed parking space? Reserve your space in advance.


  • Online, mobile, express check-in, or check in at the desk
  • Arrive at the airport on time

Not yet in possession of a boarding pass? Need to check in your baggage? The correct check-in desk is displayed on the screens in the departures hall. Passenger volumes at the airport vary greatly, just like the Belgian weather.
Tip: always check how busy the airport is expected to be before your departure.


  • Security screening for passengers and hand baggage
  • Check the rules for hand baggage

Keep your boarding pass to hand. You need this to pass through security screening. Check in advance what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage. This will get you through security screening  more smoothly. Waiting times at security can be found on the info screens or on our free app.


  • If you are departing from gates B or T, then you will pass through border control. Keep your travel documents to hand
  • You can pass through border control more swiftly via the automatic gates

Keep your passport or identity card to hand to pass through border control smoothly. In possession of a visa? Then keep that to hand too. In possession of a EU passport and 12 years or older? Then you may make use of the automated border control gates.


  • Shopping, bars, restaurants and play areas
  • Business lounges: where and for whom?

Waiting for your flight at Brussels Airport is an absolute pleasure. Explore the shops, sip a delicious drink, enjoy an excellent meal or have fun with the kids in the play areas. Prefer to wait in the tranquil business lounge? Access depends on your flight ticket. Want to purchase access separately? No problem.


  • Be at the gate half an hour prior to the departure time
  • Check the latest flight information on the info screens or app

Keep your boarding pass and identity card or passport to hand for a smooth departure. Purchased something after the security screening? This is permitted on-board the aircraft, including any purchased drinks. Download the free Brussels Airport app. This keeps you informed of the latest updates.