When arriving in Brussels Airport (BRU) the most convenient way to get to the centre of Brussels is by train. There is a train station at the lowest level of the airport with frequent trains departing in the direction of Brussels. Note that these trains may have various final destinations beyond Brussels: some possiblities are Antwerp; Bergen; Brugge; De Panne; Doornik; Kortrijk; Oostende. Be careful not to take a train in a direction away from Brussels.
You should buy a ticket in the train station prior to boarding the train. Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing machines or service desk at the station and cost approx 8 EUR.
Trains in the direction of Brussels always stop in the three Brussels stations North, Central and South (Zuid/Midi), in this order. The Central station is the closest to the conference venue and many hotels and is the one where you typically want to get off the train. The trip from the airport to the Central Station typically lasts approx 17 minutes.
Of course, you can also reach the city centre by taxi at a cost of approx 45 EUR.
Those arriving in Brussels by international train (such as ICE, Thalys, Eurostar) will typically arrive in North or South station. Upon arriving we recommend that you either connect by train to the Central station. or take the metro (lines 2 or 6, see "Public Transport" below). Trains from North to Central or from South to Central are very frequent (note again that they will typically have a final destination beyond Brussels).
The distances between Central Station and the hotels and the conference locations are all walking distances. Please see the map below for the main locations. Alternatively, you can move around by taxi. Taxi queues can be found near all train stations.
The Eurostar train links London and Brussels in 1h51 minutes. Trains depart/arrive at the Brussels South Station (Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid) and depart/arrive at the London St. Pancras International Terminal. Up to 9 daily departures. It also stops at Ashford/England. For the Eurostar train, you need to reserve your seat in advance.
The Thalys train links Paris and Brussels in 85 minutes. There are 25 Thalys trains departing daily in each direction between Paris and Brussels. Thalys roundtrip fares start at $96 (2nd class). Trains depart/arrive at the Brussels South Station (Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid) and depart/arrive at the Paris North Station (Paris Nord) or at the Charles De Gaulle Airport. It also links Brussels to Koln and Amsterdam in 2h30 minutes.
The Thalys train stops also at the following Belgian train stations: Liege-Guillemins, Antwerp-Berchem, Mons, Charleroi-South, Namur, Bruges and Ghent-St-Pieters.