Cheap flights to Antwerp
Brimming with café-filled cobbled lanes, history, culture, art and not forgetting the cathedral, Antwerp belongs on your bucket list. Voted the best place to travel in Lonely Planet’s 2018 list, this renowned diamond capital of the world does not disappoint. Book your cheap flights to Antwerp with Flybe today.
Overview of Antwerp
Antwerp is Belgium’s second city, and the country’s capital of cool. It’s Berlin, for people who don’t want to go to Berlin. All the cool kids hang out here – the fashionistas, the scene queens, the art kids and those with a taste for luxury (Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world). It is the former home of baroque superstar painter Pieter Paul Rubens, and the city proudly displays his most famous work. A site of great historical significance - first a medieval settlement, then heavily bombed in WW2, today a thriving metropolis with a bustling night-life - Antwerp is a city of contrast, colour, and cosmopolitan decadence.
Restaurants and nightlife
There’s more to Belgium than beer, but it’s a good place to start, and you’re going to need more than pretzels to set you up for a night on the Leffe.
Head for a hearty brunch at the delightfully bonkers WASBAR, which is also – what else? - a launderette.
For something a little more sophisticated Het Gebaar is a Michelin-starred restaurant in an elegant space on the edge of Antwerp Botanical Gardens. Life is Art is a genial bistro with simple and generous Mediterranean dishes, and Fiskebar is the final word in fish.
Move over Milan – Antwerp is the new fashionista’s paradise.
In the early 1980s, six graduates from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp established themselves as a fashion collective known as the Antwerp Six. Over the next 30 years, they changed the international fashion scene. Browse the city’s fashion district De Modewijk and you’ll see that their influence is still palpable in their home city.
A staggering 84% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through Antwerp, and the city celebrates its title of the Diamond Capital. So, if you’re in the market for some high-end bling, check out the Antwerp World Diamond Centre for information about reputable retailers and how to make appointments with world-class dealers.
The ModeMuseum presents two major exhibitions a year exploring the role of fashion in society, culture and politics. Achingly cool garments can be bought at the exhibitions, but for more familiar national and international brands head to the main shopping area of the Meir, or check out Kloosterstraat for bric-a-brac and antiques.
One unmissable stop is Fish and Chips, a painfully cool store that boasts three floors of second-hand and vintage clothing, bikes, gadgets and art. And when you’ve shopped until you drop, you can fortify yourself for the night ahead with a drink at the bar.
Winter in Antwerp is truly magical. Every year Antwerp Winter Wonderland opens with a ceremony featuring live music and magical projections to accompany your stroll around the snow-capped German market.
The Rubens House hosts regular events to celebrate the work of Belgium’s most famous artist.
Check out events listings at Sint-Anneke beach on the left bank and the Botanical garden and see what’s happening during your trip.
Aside from getting your fashion fix, drinking delicious beer and eating your bodyweight in Belgian chocolate, there’s plenty to do in Antwerp.
“The world’s most beautiful railway station”: A visit to Antwerp’s central station, featuring an indoor park based on Belgian comic-strip heroes, is like stepping into a comic book brought to life.
Antwerp Zoo: Built in 1843, this is one of the oldest and best-known zoos in Europe.
Petting Farm Schranshoeve: If you need a break from the city and want a taste of the rural life, get back to nature while you feed pigs and cuddle rabbits on this idyllic farm.
The underground canals of Antwerp: a must for history buffs, this is a network of former waterways that has served the city since the Middle Ages.
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Travel to and from Antwerp
Antwerp International airport is roughly 5 km from the city centre and is easily accessible.
IATA code: ANR
24/7 parking is plentiful at Antwerp Airport. There is a free “Kiss and Fly” drop off and pick up area, as well as longer stay parking from 8EUR a day. Driving into the city? Antwerp is easy to access, but if you want to avoid traffic, make use of the park and ride situated just outside of the city centre.
You can reach Central Antwerp from the airport (or vice versa) by train, bus or tram. Buses run every 15 minutes to and from Antwerp-Berchem Station, where you can continue your journey onward by bus, train (including access to national train connections from here) or tram.
Taxis are available in Antwerp and can be found outside of the airport building. Information desks are located in the main hall of Antwerp Airport for more information. The prices are fixed in the taximeter. Taxi companies include DTM & Taxi Antwerpen service.
A number of care hire operators are available at Antwerp Airport, including our car hire partner Avis. Ensure a smooth and speedy departure from the terminal following your flight to Antwerp by booking your car hire in advance - simply add on an Avis car hire option when booking your Flybe flights