How to get to Antwerp
The international airport of Brussels (Zaventem) is the most frequently used gateway to Antwerp. There are flights from all major European cities as well as from the most important overseas metropoles. Various airlines fly into Brussels airport. From the airport you can travel to Antwerp by taking the airport express bus or train. The airport express bus runs every hour and reaches the centre of Antwerp in approximately 45 minutes. It runs from 05.00 until 24.00 every day, except on Sundays: 07.00 until 24.00 (Brussels airport to Antwerp) and from 04.00 until 23.00, except on Sundays: 06.00 until 23.00 (Antwerp to Brussels airport). It costs € 10 for a single ticket, to be bought from the driver (info: tel. + 32 (0)2 723 23 23). http://www.brusselsairlines.be/en_be/info-and-services/after-the-flight/shuttle-service.aspx The train to Antwerp takes approximately one hour (you have to change at "Brussel Noord" station) and costs € 6.20 for a single ticket.
If you fly with Ryanair, you will arrive at the airport of Brussels South, near Charleroi. You can then buy a 'bulk' ticket for €10.50 at the Ryanair desk at Charleroi Airport. This is a one-way ticket that enables you to go by public bus (line A) to any train station in Belgium. It takes approximately 1h and 30 minutes to reach Antwerp Central Station from Charleroi.
Antwerp is easy to reach by train. International railway lines link Brussels and Antwerp to several other major European cities. The European high-speed train project includes the Thalys, the Eurostar and the Eurotunnel. There are direct rail links with different cities in France, the Netherlands and Germany. Antwerp can be reached from the UK by Eurostar via Brussels. Antwerp has two main stations: Central Station and Berchem station. www.b-rail.be for more information about the Belgian rail-network: train connections (travelling in Belgium and Europe), timetables and prices.
Travelling with 'Eurolines' is the cheapest way to come to Antwerp. The Eurolines bus goes to the centre of the city (Van Stralenstraat 8, 2060 Antwerpen). Within the province and the city of Antwerp transport is organised by the public transport company "De Lijn". Buses leave to all parts of the city from Antwerp Central Station. From the bus station "Rooseveltplaats", which is close to the Central Station, there are direct bus links to various other towns and cities. www.eurolines.com for more information on destinations, timetables and prices. www.delijn.be for more information about trams and buses.
All destinations are within easy reach by car. Antwerp itself lies at the crossroads of the E17, E19, E34, and E313 motorways.