London to Belgium by bus
Booking Coach Tickets In Advance: London To Belgium & back
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Travel London to Belgium by coach
National Express, Flixbus & Eurolines intercity long-distance buses are definitively the cheapest transportation option between the UK and Belgium. Direct Eurostar trains are also convenient but usually much more expensive. The cheapest one-way fare discount bus tickets from London to Brussels can be as cheap as £15 and paying less than £25 (one-way) is quite common if reserving a few days in advance with all the mentioned bus companies. It’s not difficult to travel from London to Belgium; the coach can be a good option for you if you are looking for a comfortable and cost-efficient way to get from Britain to Brussels and other Belgian locations.
National Express, Flixbus & Eurolines international bus services offer you daily direct services between London and Brussels, people can choose whether they want to travel during the day or overnight. Travel times of all mentioned operators are comparable and oscillate between 7 and 9 hours for the route between London and Brussels. Passengers require to check in and provide passport information prior to boarding the coach at Victoria Coach Station or Brussels before departure for the ferry/train crossing.
Brussels is only around 320 km from London (Londres/ Лондон) but political history and geographic features ensured that transportation between these two historic cities are optimal. Currently coach operators provide the cheapest transportation options between London and Belgium; bus companies like National Express, Flixbus & Eurolines provide the most frequent bus services on this route. Free wifi and seat reservations are the norm on three carriers with legroom comparable to second class train seats.
On the National Express from London to Brussels & Belgium:
National Express bus links from London to Brussels & Belgium BOOK NX NOW
National Express offer Britain’s only scheduled coach network reaching around 1000 destinations in England, Scotland and Wales. Coach services are usually subcontracted to local operators who run under the National Express brand and rules. Since 2018 National Express has begun the international transportation between Great Britain and Continental Europe. The National Express’ comprehensive network of services to key towns and cities throughout Belgium includes Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent (Gent) and Liege. In the United Kingdom, some of the National Express services also stop at Canterbury, Gillingham, Hythe (for Kent) and Dover. Full-fare tickets can be as expensive as £50 but savings fares of £17 and £30 are easily found if you book in advance. If you are travelling from outside London, National Express can bring Europe that little bit closer to you and you can get there in one easy booking. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Details regarding coach fares and timetable can change over time. For updated information visit the carrier’s website
National Express coach stops: In London the National Express coach departs/arrives from Victoria Coach Station,
in Brussels the operator's main stop is located at North Station, Rue du Progrès & some services also stop at Midi Train Station, 85 Rue de France, 1060 Brussels City Centre.
On Flixbus (MeinFernbus) from London to Belgium:
Flixbus coach links from London to Brussels & Belgium BOOK FLIXBUS NOW
Flixbus (MeinFernbus has been dropped from the name) is Germany’s largest long-distance and international coach company and usually operate with green vehicles bearing either or both these names.
Flixbus has several daily direct buses traveling between London and Brussels but these buses are often not non-stop. The operator is having in its offer both direct connections as well as demanding transfers along the way.
Flixbus direct coaches take between 7 and 10 on the London to Brussels route. Further options requiring bus changes are best avoided.
The Flixbus’ comprehensive network of services to key towns and cities throughout Belgium includes Brussels, Antwerp, Arlon, Bastogne, Bruges, Charleroi, De Panne, Ghent (Gent), Hasselt, Kortrijk, Liege, Mons, Namur and Verviers, however, the list of cities serviced by the operator is increased every now and then. It is worth checking whether the city we are going to go to is available. Flixbus often have spectacularly cheap deals for advance reservations or during special marketing campaigns.
Flixbus coach stops: In London the Flixbus coaches depart/arrive from Victoria Coach Station, in Brussels the operator's main stop is located at North Station, Rue du Progrès & some services also stop at Midi Train Station, 85 Rue de France, Brussels City Centre and Brussels Zaventem Airport. Book your ticket from the UK to Brussels & Belgium directly via Flixbus website
By Eurolines from London to Brussels & Belgium:
Eurolines bus links from London to Brussels & Belgium BOOK EUROLINES NOW
Eurolines provides convenient transportation from London to Brussels and Belgium. Eurolines currently offers up to ten daily services between London and Brussels in each direction.
Eurolines direct buses take just over 9 hours for the trip from London to Brussels, subtract two and half hours if you are departing from Dover. Eurolines uses the so-called ’Eurolines Plus’ or ’Business Class’ buses on this route with more comfortable seats and free wifi on board.
There are good coach links to Belgium from London. Eurolines’ coaches frequently travel between London and several Belgian cities, including Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent (Gent), Liege and Mons.
Specials on Eurolines can be as cheap as £21 one-way between London and Belgium. Theses cheap discount tickets are surprisingly easy to snatch up when reserving in advance during non-holiday periods. Children, students and seniors may receive discounts on the full fares but the special savings fares are often cheaper. Eurolines coach stops: In London the Eurolines coaches depart/arrive from Victoria Coach Station, inBrussels the operator's main stop is located at Rue de Progres, alongside the Gare du Nord & some services also stop at Midi Train Station, 85 Rue de France, 1060 Brussels City Centre.
The exact coach timetable is available on the Eurolines directly.
Wherever else you go in Belgium, you can’t miss Brussels (Brussel, Bruxelles). Brussels capital of Belgium, as well as the capital of Europe due to the EU Headquarters. Whether you are interested in the paintings of Flemish masters, the Atomium - Brussels well known monument, surrealist buildings and the Royal Palace or just want to try a couple of hundred beers ... Brussels is always worth a visit! Did you know that Brussels is the birthplace of Audrey Hepburn and Jacques Brel?
Useful guides: Lonely Planet Publications
Useful links to coach timetables & fares
How to buy tickets & some helpful information
- How to buy coach tickets online from the UK to Belgium?
- A special coach ticket for those living outside London
- How is the journey to Brussels & Belgium by bus?
- Are you looking for a budget hotel or hostel in Europe?
- Get a travel insurance for the journey to Belgium
- Currency Exchange online
- Car rental in Belgium
- Book your Theme Park Tickets with the UK market leader! - AttractionTix
Trains & airlines from the UK to Belgium
If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or flight services. If you want to travel from the London to Belgium or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Voyages-sncf website, while good flights between Britain and Belgium are recommend on the Budget Air’s website
Rail services in Europe are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at Voyages-sncf.com
Regular European air link services can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in Europe and worldwide.
Timetable London to Brussels & Belgium
|Valid until 31/10/2018||Departing|
|LONDON TO BRUSSELS
||up to 6 daily
||up to 4 daily||up to 10 daily|
|LONDON TO ANTWERP||up to 2 daily||up to 3 daily||up to 2 daily|
|LONDON TO ARLON||-||1 per day||-|
|LONDON TO BASTOGNE||-||1 per day||-|
|LONDON TO BRUGES
||1 per day||up to 3 daily||up to 2 daily|
|LONDON TO CHARLEROI
||-||up to 3 daily||-|
|LONDON TO DE PANNE
||-||1 per day||-|
|LONDON TO GHENT (GENT)
||1 per day||up to 3 daily||up to 5 daily|
|LONDON TO HASSELT||-||certain days||-|
|LONDON TO KORTRIJK||-||certain days||-|
|LONDON TO LIEGE
||up to 3 daily||up to 3 daily||1 per day|
|LONDON TO MONS
||-||up to 3 daily||1 per day|
|LONDON TO NAMUR
||-||up to 3 daily||-|
|LONDON TO VERVIERS
|Booking Coach Tickets In Advance: London To Belgium
Timetable Brussles & Belgium to London
|Valid until 31/10/2018||Returning|
|BRUSSELS TO LONDON||up to 6 daily||up to 4 daily||up to 10 daily|
|ANTWERP TO LONDON||up to 2 daily||up to 3 daily||up to 2 daily|
|ARLON TO LONDON||-||1 per day||-|
|BASTOGNE TO LONDON||-||1 per day||-|
|BRUGES TO LONDON||1 per day||up to 3 daily||up to 2 daily|
|CHARLEROI TO LONDON||-||up to 3 daily||-|
|DE PANNE TO LONDON||-||1 per day||-|
|GHENT (GENT) TO LONDON||1 per day||up to 3 daily||up to 5 daily|
|HASSELT TO LONDON||-||certain days||-|
|KORTRIJK TO LONDON||-||certain days||-|
|LIEGE TO LONDON||up to 3 daily||up to 3 daily||1 per day|
|MONS TO LONDON||-||up to 3 daily||1 per day|
|NAMUR TO LONDON||-||up to 3 daily||-|
|VERVIERS TO LONDON||-||certain days||-|
|Booking Coach Tickets In Advance: Belgium To London & The UK
Age categories: Children: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Seniors: 60+ years.
www.nationalexpress.com, www.flixbus.co.uk & www.eurolines.eu offer special fares from London to Brussels, Ghent, Liege and all other mentioned Belgian destinations. Currently, just like air fares, the price rises as the cheaper seats are sold, so book as early as the 90-120 day booking period allows. National Express, Flixbus & Eurolines tickets are only valid on the specific bus on which you are booked, no refunds or changes to travel plans with the cheaper tickets. If you want to stop off in one of the cities along the way, you'll need to book each leg separately. Europebus recommends comparing prices on all of these sites.
Just fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Early booking is highly recommended because the Eurolines route between London and Belgium is very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days. Passengers with open date return tickets must confirm/reserve their return journey at least four days before the date they wish to travel.
National Express is the only operator that offers nationwide connections to London for a simple add-on price of £15 single or return. Just enter the name of the place from which you start the journey, in the box defining the place of departure. London will automatically be treated as a transfer point. Unfortunately, this option is only available for individual National Express connections, so if you aren't able to purchase a ticket with this option, you'll have to buy two separate tickets. One ticket for access into London by National Express, the second ticket for the international part. It's easy. Buy a ticket online now.
National Express, Flixbus & Eurolines answer to the challenge. The interest in coach transport between Great Britain and Belgium is very large, especially between London and Brussels. The coaches offer comfortable seats, ample legroom, free wifi and seat guarantees. All coaches have an on-board toilet and washroom facilities and air-conditioning as standard. Currently, fares are remarkably low for a product offered by all bus companies. Each day the coach operators have up to 10 coach services to and from Brussels and other Belgian cities. In Belgium, the coaches from London stop in several cities before they reach Brussels. All the mentioned bus companies serve Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent (Gent) and Liege from London, The largest number of Belgian cities serviced from London in its network connection has Flixbus. Sometimes the coach that picks you up from your departure point has only the final destination displayed on the front windscreen. This is because the majority of European bus routes include multiple stops and it would be impractical to show every stop on the front windscreen. Also, you may have booked a journey which requires a change of coach. In both examples, please ask the driver to confirm that his/her coach is going to the destination stated on your ticket. All coach operators put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom.
The carrier provides service to any person who has purchased a ticket. Number of tickets for the designated route is limited to the number of seats. Having a valid ticket guarantees you use of the service (seat on the coach).
Single and return tickets (with the indicated date and time) are for a specific journey, you cannot miss the departure because you will lose the ticket.
Best to buy tickets well in advance. The carriers have many discounts for those who decide to purchase tickets in advance. Constant, although a slight discount is provided for youth, elderly and disabled people. Up to 50% discount is provided for children. Unless you get a good promotional fare, return fares are much cheaper than two single fares each way.
- Before leaving home for your international bus service, check you have packed all documents and items needed for your journey, especially your ticket, passport (sometimes it is enough to travel with ID card) and if your journey requires a special visa to enter or transit.
- Arrive at the Victoria Coach Station in London at least one hour before the departure time, as check-in proceedings are quite lengthy. Check-in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure.
- Your luggage should be marked tags bearing the name, address and telephone. Please weigh your luggage at home.
- Never accept other person's luggage for transport! Should you notice any luggage left unattended, never touch it! Report the fact to the station’s service staff immediately. Never leave your luggage unattended!
- When approaching the check-in desk, have your passport and ticket ready. This will streamline the procedure.
- Border control & customs: When going through security check, place all metal items such as keys, watches, belts with large buckles, mobile phones, walkmans, small change etc in the boxes, and place them on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine together with your hand luggage & suitcases. It is advisable to place your overcoats in the boxes. This will streamline and facilitate security control.
- If needed, remember to take your doctor’s certificates.
Check-In at London Victoria Coach Station
Check in commences one hour before departure and closes 15 minutes before to enable all customers to board and to ensure a prompt departure. You should have your passports and other travel documents ready for inspection at check-in. A boarding card for each customer and luggage labels will be issued and customers will be advised from which gate their coach will leave. Check in time at other UK departure points is 30 minutes before departure. If the office for check-in is already closed, check-in takes place directly on the coach.
Check-In in Belgium
In Brussels North you check-in at one of the counters inside of the bus station. From all other Belgium departure points you check-in with the driver of the coach. You must check-in no later than 30 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Check-in closes 15 minutes before departure. Once check-in is closed, we regret that boarding of the coach is not possible and your ticket will be invalid for travel. Services returning to London arrive in Victoria Coach Station’s Arrivals terminal, customers making onward coach connections will need to cross the street to the Departures terminal
Once you get to Dover (for the ferry) or Folkestone (for the train) you’ll have to go through passport control – the driver or coach attendant will explain exactly where and when to get off. On entry at the ferry port or Eurotunnel terminal, customers will be required to disembark from the vehicle and pass through both UK and French Border Control offices and show their passports. In Folkestone and on board the ferry you can find a restaurant, shops, bars, cafes, arcade games and loads of sitting spaces – so you can keep well entertained for the 1 hour 30-minute crossing.
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Will the international coach stop for a break?
Of course, on the majority of services. All international coach operators provide refreshment breaks on longer journeys, especially overnight services. The European law obliges the driver to take a break every four and a half hours.
Carriage of luggage
All passengers must label their luggage which will be loaded into the hold of the coach and will normally remain there until arrival at the destination or interchange point. The coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage, but customers are responsible for seeing their luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling. Each customer has a free luggage allowance of:
- National Express: one or two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and one piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.
- Flixbus: one medium sized suitcase, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and one piece of hand luggage (up to 7kg), which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.
- Eurolines: On the majority of our Eurolines services, passengers are allowed to carry two checked baggage items (bags or suitcases) free of charge; each piece of luggage must not exceed 20 kg + hand luggage.
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