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What cars should I definitely see? Where can I park? And what is the cost of the ticket? Everything you need to know about the 100th Heysel Motor Show | Outdoor tips in Brussels, the suburbs and Pajottenland

BrusselsKarim Motors World will be back in Brussels this weekend for the Auto Show. The mega event Brussels Expo celebrates its 100th edition this year. But what can be tried? How do you get there and how much does it cost to go? We’ve grouped all the practical information into a handy overview.

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Where and when will the auto show be held?

After two canceled editions, this year’s motor show returns in physical form, but the organizers remain true to the recipe for success. The annual edition – the motor show is taking place for the 100th time this year – again at Brussels Expo, from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd January. Also this year, the organization is expecting around 500,000 car enthusiasts at Heysel.

What brands have a place in the auto show?

In total, more than 50 exhibitors go to the Brussels fair to present their latest models and gadgets to the public. Most of the big brands are there, even Tesla, Bentley and Lamborghini are there. In this way, about 95 percent of the Belgian car market is represented. All of these players occupy no less than five Heysel mansions. You can find them all in Halls 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11.

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Electricity is the word for this edition. © Tim Dervin

What should I see for sure?

Traditionally, almost all brands run towards the auto show, so they can show off their new models. The trend this year is clearly electric. For example, the Chinese BYD is entering the Belgian market with its electric cars. For Ford, too, the show is about electrification, and Nissan is showing a completely renewed, electrified range. Then the new Polestar Polestar 3 and Renault present, among others, with Scénic Vision. Tesla, which only sells electric cars, introduces its latest Model S Plaid. Finally, Subaru hopes to entice visitors with the Solterra. This is a finalist for “Car of the Year”.

The “Car of the Year” has been elected since 1964, but for the first time the award is presented at the Brussels Motor Show. This shows how important “our” auto show is in the international market. Seven models were nominated, all of them electric. They are shown one by one in Hall 9. The winner will be announced during the press day on January 13th.

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It is not always easy to keep an overview of the auto show.

It is not always easy to keep an overview of the auto show. © Vincent Duterne / photonews

Any updates?

This year, the organization offers a real forum. You’ll find it in Hall 9, next to the Car of the Year nominees. In the so-called Forum-Dôme you can follow all kinds of informational sessions with experts from the sector. FEBIAC, the Belgian two-wheeler industry association, takes care of a lot, but the models themselves are also holding back. This way you are instantly aware of the latest innovations. There are 150 seats in the Dome. You will find the full program here.

What are the working hours?

The car showroom operates with fixed business hours. The salon is open daily for nine days from 10am to 7pm, although there are two exceptions. There will be concert nights on Monday 16th and Friday 20th January. Then you can enjoy the new cars until 10 pm.

Where can I eat something?

Those who spend the whole day at the Hotel Heysel should definitely not die of hunger. In each hall, there are different stalls to provide food. This ranges from hot dogs and sandwiches to a real pop up restaurant. Are you looking for a restaurant for an evening or a quick lunch in the center? Then take a look at our file with the extension Resto tips in Brussels or our list Pasta restaurants in the capital.

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The main entrance is located in Palace 5.

The main entrance is located in Palace 5. © Mark Burt

How do I get there?

You can get to Heysel Plain in different ways. Those arriving by car can use car park C. There is room for about 10,000 cars. On the Brussels Ring Road, take Exit 7A and follow the “Exhibition” signs. They will take you to the car park, within walking distance of the Heysel mansions. You pay 10 euros to leave your car. Are you looking for a cheaper alternative? We have already researched where you can park your car for little money.

Another option is public transportation. Bus line 83 towards Heizel stops at the “Heizel” stop, near the entrance. If you take line 83 to Berchem or Mariëndaal station, you should get off at Paleis stop 12. Tram 9 then stops at Koning Boudewijnstadion and tram 3 at nearby Meysselaan. Brussels Expo is the last stop on tram line 7 in the direction of Heysel. Those who take the metro have only one choice: line 6 in the direction of Koning Boudewijn. In this case, get off at the Heizel stop.

How much does the ticket cost?

You can buy your tickets online and at the box office. Until January 13th you pay €12.50 per ticket. From January 14, the day the event starts, the price will be 15 euros. Children from 6 to 15 years old receive a discount. For them you pay €7.50 in advance and €10 if you buy your ticket the same day. Children under 6 years old can enter for free. If you want to get a ticket online, do so here.

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