Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Brussels Charleroi Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
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CRL Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Brussels Charleroi Airport (Code: CRL).
What to Expect
Brussels Charleroi Airport consists of Terminals 1 and 2, both of which are small. Even though the terminals were built in the last decade, amenities are rather basic, in line with the low-cost carriers based here. You’ll find a few eateries and shops, both landside and airside, but none are open 24 hours so plan ahead if you’re staying the night. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.
Sleeping in Charleroi Airport
The airport is open 24 hours, but overnight campers will have to stay landside until security checkpoints open around 4:00AM. Seating is very limited and most have armrests, so bring along a blanket or sleep mat to rest a little easier on the cold floor. The far end of Terminal 1 has large windows and some private nooks. Do expect security guards to wake you up to check IDs or as the airport gets busy. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Charleroi Airport Guide.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near Charleroi airport with shuttle service:
- Ibis Budget Charleroi Aeroport – (15 minute walk from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for 8,00€ each way, call (+32)71373632 to make arrangements. » Check Rates
- DC Hotel & Restaurant Charleroi Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available for a fee. » Check Rates
- Best Western Plus Aero 44 – (5 minutes from the airport) Shuttle from the hotel to the airport is available between 5:00AM – 9:00AM for 3,50€ per person, outside of these hours you can take a taxi for approx. 12,00€. » Check Rates
- Hotel South – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request. Operates from 5:00AM to 12:00PM. » Check Rates
- Hotel Charleroi Airport – (9 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle runs from 4:00AM – 11:00AM, daily, for €10 per person, per ride. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Charleroi Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes The Lounge (Terminal 1) – Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes The Lounge (Terminal 2) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Charleroi Airport.
If you are not travelling with a mobile device, you can use one of the internet terminals located throughout the airport, and from an Internet Corner located landside. At the time of this update, it is unknown if a fee is charged to use any of the internet terminals.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside and just outside of Terminal 2.
Baggage Carts – The airport no longer provides baggage carts.
Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the kid zone. Location: Airside, beside Leffe Bar.
Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we’ll also let you know that cots cannot be “reserved” and we don’t know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.
Currency Exchange – There are two Travelex counters. Locations: Arrivals Hall, Door 4 (Hours: 8:00AM – 12:00PM) • Customs Area (Hours: 5:00AM – last departing non-Schengen flight).
Duty Free & Shopping – International Duty Free shops are located near the boarding gates in both Terminals. In addition, in Terminal 1 you will find a convenience shop, a chocolate shop and 2 newspaper/book stores.
Fast Track – Breeze through the security checkpoint with a Fast Track pass! Passes can be purchased online or at the airport’s Information Desk for € 6.00.
Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate from 4:00AM until around 10:00PM or later. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include:
- Terminal 1: Airport Bar 23 • Airport Bar 9 • Burger King • Camden Food Co. • Charles’ Brewing Company • Fritapapa • Guapa • Express Snack & Drink • Leffe Bar • Panos • Starbucks.
- Terminal 2: Airport Bar • Airport Bar 28 • Charles’ Brewing Company.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance. Locations: available in both Terminals. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:30PM.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Coin-operated storage lockers are available outside, near the taxi rank. Rates, per 24 hour period, are as follows: 5 € (small locker) • 7 € (medium locker) • 9 € (large locker). Only Euro coins accepted. Luggage can be stored for a maximum of 16 days.
Mobile Charging – A reader (August 2018) mentioned that there are lots of spots to charge phones, laptops, etc.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The Brussels City Shuttle is the is the easiest way to travel to the airport from Brussels. The bus times are scheduled to fit in with the flight times and they start running at 3.30am.
Flibco.com shuttle buses offer an easy and convenient way to travel to Brussels and nearby cities. Additional shuttle lines travel to Lille, Bruges, Ghent, Luxembourg and Metz. The airport drop-off location is in front of terminal Entrance 1.
The following car rental companies are available at the airport: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Location: unknown.
See Airport Hotels above.
Taxis can be found at the airport exit.
At the time of this update, Charleroi Airport is not served by any rail network. The closest rail station, Charleroi-South , can be reached within 20 minutes of the airport by the airport bus.
Last updated: 2020-10-19
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.