Brussels' effervescent and sophisticated ambiance coupled with its multicultural quotient turn it into a much-loved vacation destination. Happy with not being just Europe’s administrative center, Brussels has expanded its horizons to include a dazzling array of entertainment possibilities. If you have booked your cheap plane tickets on flights to Brussels then here’s all that you need to know to face the city at its worst and explore the city at its best!
How’s the Weather?
Brussels has a poor standing when it comes to its weather conditions. The climate here is usually very humid with one of the highest number of rainy days recorded in the European continent. This dankness turns the weather much colder than it should be. If you have booked your cheap flights to Brussels for the summer months, then be prepared for climatic fluctuations as the weather there is not always warm and sunny. Yet another thing you will have to account for is rainfall.
During winters, the weather turns chilly along with being damp. The city does not experience much in the name of rainfall, but whatever it does, melts quickly and turns the ground into one soggy and slushy area.
What to Pack?
When it comes to packing for your Belgium vacation, one item that is indispensable is the umbrella. Considering how unpredictable the weather is, you never know when you will have the need of one. So everyone should carry a folding umbrella in their bags. Besides this, you will do well to stock up on layers of clothing, some very warm, some not so. Also since so many parts of the city are cobbled, investing in a good pair of shoes will definitely go in your favor.
Getting Around the city
Driving on the city roads is a nightmare. There are no two ways about it. So before you feel like indulging yourself with a rented car, think again and again. The Belgian drivers overlook to use their turn signals, park hazardously on street corners, and rocket through pedestrian crossings. Hence it is better if you opt for the public modes of transportation and leave the headache of driving onto others.
The best way of getting around the city is via buses, metro and trams. They are clean and efficient modes of transport and come at a decent price too. To make the most of your money, you can buy the Jump ticket which allows you to travel in any of the three modes of transport interchangeably, for duration of one hour. The one hour ticket costs EUR 1.50. You can also buy it in various other plans as well, like 1 day unlimited travel card for EUR 3.80, a ticket for 10 trips at EUR 10, 5 days weekday ticket for EUR 12 and 3 days ticket for EUR 9.
If traveling via metro, you will have to authorize your ticket at the station. But for trams and buses there is an orange machine available on board, where you have to go to validate your ticket.
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