Sleeping in Airports

Brussels Charleroi Airport Guide

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.

The best place is close to the arrival and is at the corner on your left when you enter in the airport. -noemi

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Brussels Charleroi Airport.

What to Expect

  • This is an old, small airport with two simple terminals. One reviewer reported observing malfunctioning equipment at check-in and inefficient airport procedures. Don’t expect much for amenities.
  • Airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight travellers who are trying to sleep.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in one airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • Head to the far end of the terminal with large windows. There’s some cubicles there, and if you hop over the short barrier, you’ll find some private nooks (Petafeta, March 2016).
  • There are very few chairs so arrive early to snag one – beware the armrests!
  • The floor is not carpeted, so bring blankets or a mat if you plan on sleeping on the cold floor.
  • Travellers report that security wakes up overnight guests by 4am when check-in desks begin opening.
  • It’s generally quiet overnight.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  The Lounge (Terminal 2) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Charleroi Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • 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
  • Balladins Superior Hotel – (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) Airport shuttle is available upon request. Operates from 5:00AM to midnight. » Check Rates
  • Charleroi Airport Hotel – (9 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle runs from 4:00AM to midnight, daily, for 4.50 Euro per person, per ride. The shuttle departs the hotel for the airport every 40 minutes, and you can also request pick-up or drop-off directly with the hotel. » 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.

Airport WiFi/Internet

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 – According to a review we received in August 2018, the airport no longer provides baggage carts.

Children’s Play Area – There is a kid zone available. 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 – 9:00PM) • Customs Area (Hours: 5:00AM – last departing non-Schengen flight).

Duty Free & Shopping – International Duty Free shop is located near the boarding gates. Hours: 4:30AM – 9:30PM. Four retail shops are available landside, and newsstands are available both landside and airside.

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 € 4.00.

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:
» Landside: Express Snack & Drink • Jupiter Bar • Paul
» Airside: Express Snack & Drink • Guapa • Le Bar Leffe • Le Chariot Paul • Méli-Mélo • Oui Shop

Information Desk – Information desks are 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) and 9 € (large locker). Only Euro coins accepted.

Mobile Charging – A reader (August 2018) mentioned that there are lots of spots to charge phones, laptops, etc.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Brussels Charleroi airport is served by the following airlines: Pegasus Airlines • Ryanair • Wizz Air • TUIFly • Belavia • Air Corsica.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

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.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at the airport: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Location: unknown.

Taxi

Taxis can be found at the airport exit.

Trains

At the time of this update, Brussels Charleroi 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: 2018-10-29

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.