Adress: Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
IATA Airportcode: CRL
ICAO Airportcode: EBCI
Alias: Brussels South Charleroi Airport en Gosselies Airport
Brussels South Charleroi or Charleroi Airport is located in Gosselies, 46 km south of Brussels in Wallonia area of Belgium. Until 1990 the Airport experienced quite low passenger traffic. However, during the 1990s the Airport saw the arrival of some new affordable airlines, like Ryanair, Air Service plus, and Wizz Air. Which increased passenger traffic quite significantly. Even with the addition of a new terminal opened in 2008 the airport has reached its maximum ability of five million passengers.
The Airport and Charleroi parking is well linked to the city of Brussels and is simple to reach for passengers traveling from the Netherlands and northern France. It has the pros and cons that come with an Airport of this size. Like, a smaller number of shops makes it harder to pass the time at the airport. Because of its size, it is hard to get lost, and it does not take much time to reach the Airport. The Charleroi parking and security is quite fast as well.
Charleroi Airport Parking
The Airport offers six different parking choices, Parking Express, and Lock Park, which are only two minutes to a terminal. P1, five minutes away, P2, ten minutes away, P3, ten minutes away with a shuttle bus, and P4, fifteen minutes away from a terminal. Parking express provides a perfect pick and drop stop for passengers at €2.00 per thirty minutes. Internet reservations can be made for P1, P3, and P4, which is mandatory for Lock Park. Reserving a spot at P2 is not an easy task.
If you make an internet reservation, P4 and P3 parking are the affordable parking options at Charleroi Airport. Moreover, free shuttle service runs every fifteen minutes from the parking area at P3. Only Lock Park and P1 are covered whereas only Lock Park is closed and secured.
You should go to P2 parking if you are just going to drop someone off, as it has a dropping off the Charleroi Airport parking zone, the Parking express. The first thirty minutes cost 2€ Just enough time to help with the luggage. The parking is just at 2 minutes’ walk distance from the terminal.
P1 is the perfect parking at this airport. It provides covered parking spots on different levels, and there is direct access to the check-in zone through this parking. To ensure your parking space here, you should book the parking beforehand as this tends to get extremely busy.
The most secure parking at Charleroi Airport is P1 lock. It is also best parking, and it provides a direct link to the departure hall. Placed in a secured area, P1 lock is separated from P1 parking by a grid. Get to the level one of P1 and follow instructions to move to P1 lock. Booking is the key to get a place here in this parking space.
Considering the P4 parking will suit your needs if you plan to leave for a more extended period. It is about at a fifteen-minute walking distance, and a pedestrian lane guides you to the airport, and it is secured as well. It is also the less costly parking option on site. Make sure to place a booking in advance to ensure a place at this parking space.
As all of the parking spots at Charleroi Airport can be booked through the internet, except PE express and P2 parking. All of those reservations can also be canceled up to seventy-two hours before your expected arrival. But if you pick a cancellation option, you can cancel your reservation one day before the entry with the complete reimbursement of the price you paid.
A few of the top different ways to get to Brussels from the Charleroi Airport are listed below as:
You can book a private airport chauffeur service, where the chauffeur will be waiting for you at the airport with your name card. This service can be scheduled for a four-passenger vehicle at €80 or an eight-seater for €95. Both of these options are a much cheaper, safer, and relaxed way of getting to your hotel if you don’t speak Dutch or French.
You could use a train to take you to your desired location, in case you are not staying in Brussels. You can reach the station with the help of busses that are available at the Charleroi station. Or you can purchase a bulk ticket that includes the bus line and the train ticket to your place. These buses run from 5:30 to 10:30 pm and the bus leaves every thirty minutes.
Through this method, you can take a one hour journey from the airport, on the shuttle, to the Brussels city. These shuttles leave the airport every thirty minutes, and the bus stops at Bruxelles-Midi. One way trip costs about €17, and a return ticket to the airport costs €34. You can purchase this card at the airport or on the bus, or you can book your journey through the internet where this is as low as €14.20 per trip. Once you reach Bruxelles-Midi, you can take a tram, train or other means to reach a different station in the city.
Most taxi firms at Charleroi Airport advertise their fare from the airport to the center of the city to be €80 – €90; however, it usually takes more than €100 per trip. It is an expensive way to travel to the town, but it is also one of the fastest one.
You can easily rent a vehicle from the car rental firm at the Airport. Budget, Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, and local providers are some of the rentals that you can find at the Airport. It is better to book a rental well before your arrival so that you can save some time and money at the Airport.