Reaching the lab

Be aware that there are two “free universities” in Brussels: one French-speaking and one Dutch-speaking. You need get to the Etterbeek campus of the Dutch speaking “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” (VUB).

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Arriving from Brussels Airport (Zaventem)

There is a train connection from the airport to Etterbeek station every 30 minutes:

  • 16 minutes after the hour (IC train to Dinant) and
  • 47 minutes after the hour (IC ttrain to Charleroi-Sud).

Etterbeek is the 4th stop, and the ride takes around 25 minutes. Please verify the schedule in the station, as this information might be outdated.

By railway (easiest)

The three main railway stations (Nord, Central, Midi) are interconnected. Most trains halt in all three stations. The easiest connection by train to our building at Pleinlaan 9, is via a train which stops in Etterbeek station.


If you don’t mind a longer walk (15 minutes), you can also take a metro: at the central station, take Metro line 5, in the direction of Hermann-Debroux. Do not take a metro to Stockel (which arrives at the same platform). You can take a look at the map of the Brussels metro and tramway system. Get off at Petillon station. Take the exit on your left hand side, as you get off the metro (towards Avenue des Volontaires). At the exit of the metro station, follow this street towards the right. The VUB campus is at the end of the street you are following (within 10′ walking distance), across the Triomflaan.

Arriving on the campus, you should completely cross the campus so that you arrive at the Pleinlaan where you can find us at number 9 on the third floor.

Via the road

Pleinlaan 9 is located in the south-eastern part of the city, approximately 7 km from the centre.

More information

Alternatively, you might want to have a look at the directions provided by the university to reach the Etterbeek campus.