Getting around in Brussels
The route-search section of the website of the STIB, the Brussels public transport company :
The route-search section of the SNCB (Belgian National Railway Company) website :
Accommodation in Brussels
Participants to the PIPOL 11 Congress who are looking for accommodation in Brussels during the congress weekend will find below all the information they need, according to their means:
FOR THE MORE PROVIDENT :
The Brussels Booking Desk is a service of the Brussels City Tourist Office which negotiates free of charge margins on group orders for hotel rooms. We have worked closely with them in order to offer you this booking platform. This service is free of charge for congress participants, it allows you to obtain cheaper prices than most online booking sites and proposes a more ethical approach in negotiating with hoteliers. We would like to draw your attention to the reality of rising prices in the hotel sector. This year’s rates may seem high compared to previous PIPOL congresses, but they are the best prices one can currently find. They are locked in for participants up to one month before the Congress date. The number of rooms available for participants is limited, so please plan ahead if you wish to take advantage of this service.
Book online, direct booking confirmation!
In order to benefit from the advertised preferential rate, your reservation must reach the Brussels Booking Desk before Wednesday, May 31, 2023, using the following link:
Need help? Group booking?
Olivier Nussbaum, Managing Director, Brussels Booking Desk
Telephone: 0032 498 71 75 42
FOR THE WELL ORGANISED:
A number of well-known online booking sites allow you to quickly book a hotel room close to the Palais des Congrès or to public transport with easy access to it:
A price comparison site allows you to simultaneously consult them in order to find the cheapest offer:
It also contains a directory of sites in Brussels with valuable information on bed and breakfasts, restaurants, taxi services, cultural and wellness activities, etc. :
FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS:
Some websites that require registration offer discounted private accommodation or couches and rooms in private homes :
In order to ensure that everybody is able find accommodation, home-stay accommodation will also be offered to upon request to younger colleagues, with colleagues living in Brussels and having one or more places available, subject to availability. Requests and information on available places should be sent by e-mail to Chiara Aquino: email@example.com
Getting to Brussels
BY PLANE :
To book your flight at the best price, please consult in advance online price comparison websites such as:
To arrive from Zaventem airport to Brussels City Centre, there is a fairly frequent train service (https://www.belgiantrain.be/fr) that leaves from the airport and stops at the Central Station (near the Congress venue).
To arrive from Charleroi airport, the journey is longer, a bus leaves from the airport and stops at the Gare du Midi, where you can take trams and metros (https://www.stib-mivb.be/index.htm?l=fr) to the city centre and the Central Station.
BY TRAIN :
Fares and timetables have not yet been announced, you will be able to get an idea of the June fares in April. There are no big price differences when travelling from Thursday to Monday or from Saturday to Sunday. However, prices may vary depending on the time of booking (opening 3 months in advance) and the time of the day (higher prices at peak times).
From France, Thalys stops at Gare du Midi, then one can catch a train or metro to Gare Centrale for the congress and the city centre (https://www.thalys.com). Price is about 110 euros (estimated in February 2023) for the most favourable times.
From the UK, the Eurostar also stops at Gare du Midi, then you can catch a train or metro to Gare Centrale to reach the congress and the city centre (http://www.eurostar.com).
From the Netherlands, Thalys stops at Gare du Midi, then you can catch a train or a metro to Gare Centrale to reach the congress and the city centre (https://www.thalys.com).
From Switzerland, a direct train stops at Gare du Midi, then you can catch a train or metro to Gare Centrale to reach the congress and the city centre (https://www.b-europe.com).
For practical reasons we do not recommend travelling by car to get to PIPOL. However, if you have no alternative, we would like to point out that parking in the city centre of Brussels is not free of charge (and is sometimes limited to 2 hours in certain areas). The city has approxiately a dozen car parks that can be found on various price comparison websites where you can book your parking spot (www.bepark.eu – https://www.onepark.fr). There are many parking companies in our capital (www.interparking.be – www.bepark.eu – etc.). The closest car parks to the congress venue are the Albertine Square car park, located just below the Palais des Congrès (http://www.interparking.be/fr-BE/find-parking/Albertine-Square/) and the Royal car park, accessible from the rue de Ligne (https://www.parking-royal.be), close to the rue Royale.