Flying Friendship Cup in Brussels

Travel By Air

British Airways, BMI, KLM and Brussels Airlines fly direct to Brussels out of London Heathrow. Beware of stopovers if looking at bucket shops and flight websites for other carriers & airports! The railway & bus stations are conveniently located under the terminal building. There are several trains an hour taking only 20 minutes to the city centre (Brussels Midi or Central) and there is also an express bus. Public transport in Belgium is very cheap! Click here for a link to the Brussels Airport website.

Fencing bags will normally have to be specially checked in as oversize baggage, possibly at extra charge, so check with your airline & arrive at Check-In a bit earlier than usual. Most airlines treat fencing kit as sporting equipment and again an extra charge may apply.

Travel By Train

Eurostar run 5 trains a day from London St.Pancras to Brussels Midi in the city centre.

The problem with Eurostar is their baggage policy which is similar to the airlines. Weapons or oversize (more than 85cms long) bags have to be sent as registered baggage at extra charge. This has to be checked in separately & Eurostar will only guarantee that it will be available for collection at the destination within 24 hours. It all depends on baggage demand for that train. However, if you are sensible and check in early your kit will normally arrive on the same train as you but do be prepared for a wait at the other end. If somebody is going by car to Brussels ask them if they can take your weapons/kit for safety

Travel By Road

Ferries from Dover to Calais or from Ramsgate to Ostend and the Eurotunnel service are probably the best options for travel by road. And there will be no baggage problems!

The Dover ferry takes 1.5 hours and the motorway route from Calais to Brussels should take around 2 hours according to the AA Route Planner. P & O Ferries operate a no extra charge policy for late check-in provided you arrive no more than 2 hours late.

Crossing by Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes followed by the same 2 hour drive.

The Ramsgate ferry takes 4 hours but as Ostend is closer to Brussels the motorway drive takes only 1.25 hours.

Maison de l'Escrime

Maison de l'Escrime are our hosts in Belgium. Formerly fencing as "Icelandair" they are based in Brussels where Icelandair had its head office.

For a link to the Maison de l'Escrime website please CLICK HERE.