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Brussels, Region de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium

How much does it cost to travel to Brussels?

You should plan to spend around $147 (€137) per day on your vacation in Brussels. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $41 (€38) on meals
  • $18 (€17) on local transportation
  • $157 (€146) on hotels

A one week trip to Brussels for two people costs, on average, $2,062 (€1,917). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $147
    137
  • One Week Per person
    $1,031
    959
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $2,062
    1,917
  • One Month Per person
    $4,419
    4,108
  • One Week For a couple
    $2,062
    1,917
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $4,124
    3,834
  • One Month For a couple
    $8,838
    8,216
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Brussels cost?

A one week trip to Brussels usually costs around $1,031 (€959) for one person and $2,062 (€1,917) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Brussels on average costs around $2,062 (€1,917) for one person and $4,124 (€3,834) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Brussels will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Brussels on average costs around $4,419 (€4,108) for one person and $8,838 (€8,216) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Brussels has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Brussels expensive to visit?

Prices in Brussels are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Brussels is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Glencoe or Cannes.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Brussels Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Brussels?

The average Brussels trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Brussels travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 146 ($157)
Local Transportation 1 17 ($18)
Food 2 38 ($41)
Entertainment 1 23 ($25)
Tips and Handouts 1 3 - 9 ($3 - 9)
Alcohol 2 7 - 20 ($7 - 21)
Accommodation Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Brussels is $79 (€73). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Brussels is $157 (€146). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $79
    73
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $157
    146

Hotel Prices in Brussels

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Brussels based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $91. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Brussels is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (€17) per person, per day, on local transportation in Brussels.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $18
    17

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Brussels?

Typical prices for Transportation in Brussels are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brussels, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Subway Pass
    4.50
  • Atomium train ticket (2)
    8.00


Food Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Brussels can vary, the average cost of food in Brussels is $41 (€38) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Brussels should cost around $16 (€15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Brussels is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $41
    38

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What did other people spend on Food in Brussels?

Typical prices for Food in Brussels are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brussels, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Ice Cream & Macaroons
    4.60
  • Dessert (Turkish Delights)
    4.75
  • Cheese
    5.60
  • Olives and Snacks
    6.98
  • Waffle
    3.00


Entertainment Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Brussels typically cost an average of $25 (€23) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $25
    23

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Brussels is $6.10 (€5.67) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Brussels is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $6.10
    5.67


Alcohol Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $14 (€13) on alcoholic beverages in Brussels per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $14
    13

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Brussels?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Brussels are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brussels, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Bottle of Wine
    10
  • Beer
    6.00


Water Budget in Brussels
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $3.72 (€3.46) on bottled water in Brussels per day. The public water in Brussels is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $3.72
    3.46


Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Brussels.

What makes Brussels a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

It's a huge city, but not as big a destination as some other major European cities. This means you can still find affordable places to stay and local restaurants that aren't crazy expensive.

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Jun 18 2023

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Brussels on a Budget
Brussels Guildhalls in Grand Place, Brussels
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also the sight of the headquarters of the European Union. Generally speaking, it's an expensive city that sees a good amount of travelers. It is also a highly political city that has an air of importance and power. It's an incredibly international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it due to its political, economical, and cultural significance.

Despite this, many travelers rush through, or even overlook Brussels. It has not yet made a major impact in the travel community, but that doesn't mean this city should be skipped. Despite its international feel, Brussels has a unique and personable atmosphere. It manages to hold on to its own unique culture and vibe. There's a deep routed history here, which can be seen not only in its architecture, but also the museums and art galleries that dot the city.

Brussels' weather tends to be wet, with rain falling on an average of 200 days a year. This dampness means the city feels much colder than it actually is. Seasonal temperature changes are small, with summer temperatures rarely going above 22 degrees Celsius. After October the temperature drops and although snow is rare, it can still feel wet and cold.
Sights
As visitors can find many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Brussels, do yourself a favor and don't just rush in and out of this dynamic city. You can learn so much about the city itself, and Europe as a whole in just one visit.

Popular sights abound in the city and include the Grand Place-Grote Markt, Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpar, Manneken Pis, Atomium, Basiliek van het Heilig Hart, and Cantillon Brewery. There are some interesting ways to see the city such as on a bike tour, doing an architectural tour, or taking the horse drawn carriage. This is definitely not necessary however, and many enjoy relaxing and visiting the sights on their own at their own pace. Brussels is an easy city to navigate, so if you don't feel compelled to do a tour, it is not a great loss.
Neighborhoods
Brussels is divided into 19 boroughs which are referred to as Communes or gemeenten. Bruxelles/Brussel is where you will find the most character and the highest concentration of attractions. Decorative buildings are found around Grand Place. Marolles/Marollen is near the middle of the city and it is still possible to hear people speaking Flemish here. There's a daily flea market on the Place du Jeu de Balle that is popular. Ixelles/Elsene is an energetic area with a lot of restaurants and bars. There is a lot of diversity in this area and some great ethnic restaurants. Molenbeek-Saint-Jean has a large Moroccan and Romani population and Saint-Gilles has French, Portuguese, Spanish, Maghrebi and Polish neighborhoods.

Activities
If you're interested in shopping, Brussels is a great city to pick up some fun souvenirs. The city is known for its lace which can be found at Grand Place-Grote Markt. Do make sure that you are actually buying locally produced lace as some places have outsourced the process. Chocolate is another Belgium favorite and you will find chocolate stores everywhere. It's something everyone should sample while they're in town. And of course, Belgium is known for its beer so make sure you allow yourself time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass in a good setting.
Food and Dining
Food in Brussels is delicious. There are three main items that Brussels is known for. These include mussels, fries, and chocolate. Each should be tried at least once during your time here. Fries are served with unique toppings and there's debate over which place has the best version. Some recommended places include the fritkot near Barriere de Saint-Gilles, St-Josse's Martin, and Antoine.

Mid range restaurants are found in abundance around Rue des Bouchers-Beenhouwerstraat to the north of Grand Place. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a price before choosing a restaurant. Do be aware of hidden charges.

Vegan options are almost impossible to find, but there are some vegetarian restaurants that offer some good selections if you don't eat meat. It's also possible to get sandwiches that are strictly vegetarian.

Transportation
Most of Brussel's tourist attractions are close together and easily reached on foot. They're concentrated in the oldest part of town and walking is a pleasant way to explore. If you want to go to more outer regions, there is a good public transportation system that includes buses, trams, and metros. There are six metro lines and announcements are made in Dutch, French and English. It's also possible to rent a bike through a bike sharing program called Villo. There are more than 200 bike stations around the city and you can take a bike from one station and return it to another. There are daily and weekly memberships available.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.