Transportation Guide for Brussels
One of the most important sections of our Brussels metro map is the matter of using geolocation on Brussels transportation. Brussels is one of the untroubled cities of Europe about transportation. It makes you feel comfortable that the city is not so big one and the sights are located quite close to each other. It is possible to reach many places by walking. If you chose to use public transportation, there is an efficient transportation network. When it comes to travels out of town, you can reach to many important cities of Europe such as Paris, Luxemburg, Amsterdam via high-speed train voyages. On the other hand, there are two airports in the city.
You can find all information you might need, concerning transportation in Brussels, throughout the page of Transportation Guide for Brussels.
Brussels Airport BRU and Charleroi
Almost all main airline companies have flights to Brussels that is one of the most important cities of Europe and the capital city of Belgium. The flights to Brussels are conducted via Brussels Airport, BRU, the main airport of the city, and Charleroi Airport by which the cheaper flights are conducted.
Brussels Airport, BRU: Known as Zaventeem as well, BRU is the biggest airport of Brussels. Many options exist to reach to the city center from the airport that is located 11 km. northeast of the city. Train, bus and taxi are some of the options that might be used.
Brussels Charleroi Airport: Generally, the airline companies that provide cheaper transportation opportunities make flights via Charleroi Airport that is located at the south of the city, with 46 km. distance to the center. Flights are being made to the airport from many parts of Europe with the companies such as Rynair and Wizzair. You can arrive at the city center from the airport by train, bus or taxi.
You can find the general information, regarding the vehicles you can use to reach to the city center from these two airports in Brussels, in the page of Brussels Airport (BSU, Charleroi).
Train Transportation in Brussels
It is quite easy to use train in Brussels. You can easily arrive at Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, whose train transportation is among the most comfortable ones in Europe, from the important cities, especially from Amsterdam, Paris and Luxemburg. Furthermore, in the line that has a qualified and speedy train network, train travel is sometimes more comfortable than air travel. For example, an Amsterdam travel takes 2 hours, while to travel to Paris from Brussels take approximately 1,5 hours by high-speed train.
The important companies that mount expeditions from Brussels are:
- Thalys: It has high-speed train expeditions to Brussels – Köln (1 hour 52 minutes), Paris (1 hour 20 minutes) and Amsterdam (2 hours). It would be better to buy the tickets in advance. You can travel to the center of Brussels from the stations of Center, North, Schuman and Luxemburg with your Thalys ticket.
- Intercity: Transportation takes 3 hours 7 minutes with Intercity which has expeditions between Luxemburg – Brussels in every hour. There is no need for reservation and the return tickets start from 41,60 Euro.
- Eurostar: It has Brussels Midi Station – Lille Europe (39 minutes, 22 Euro), Ashford (1 hour 38 minutes, 40 Euro), London St. Pancras (1 hour 51 minutes, 40 Euro) expeditions. Some of Eurostar tickets are valid inside Belgium for 24 hours too. It is necessary to pay 7 Euro more to buy ticket via phone or at ticket office. This situation is not applied to online buying.
- ICE: This train operator which originates from Germany, link Brussels to Köln and Frankfurt. Ticket prices for one way starts from 39 Euro.
- TGV: It is a train operator which has expenditures among Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nice and Brussels.
Train Stations in Brussels
There are three main train stations in Brussels. You can travel to the parts of the country and other parts of Brussels from these stations. All stations are located on the same line in the direction of south-north and the trains which have expenditures inside the country generally depart from Brussels Center and Brussels Midi stations, while most of the high-speed trains depart from south (Brussels Midi). While buying your train ticket, it would be better to take a glance at the station from which the train would depart.
- Brussels Nord (Brussels North): Known as “Gare du Nord” or “Noordstation”, this train station is the northern train station of Brussels. Many trains pass through this station but their main departure points are Brussels Center and Brussels Midi stations. There is no subway link to the city center from this station. But transportation can be ensured via tram lines 3 and 4. You can reach any point you desire with transferring to subway after the tram.
- Brussels Centrale (Brussels Center): Known as “Gare Centrale” or “Brussel Centraal”, this train station is quite close to many touristic places and hotels. It is possible to go to other cities in Brussels from this station.
- Brussels Midi (Brussels Midi): It’s the busiest train station in Brussels. This train station, known as “Gare du Midi” or “Zuidstation”, is situated at the south of Brussels. It is a quite busy station because it is the departure and arrival point of international trains such as Eurostar and Thalys. Café and restaurant options exist to eat and drink something in this train station which is located in a modern building.
Inner City Transportation in Brussels
You wouldn’t face many difficulties about inner city transportation in Brussels which is a medium-size European city. Many of the sights of the city could be counted as being at walking distance. In the events of using of public transportation is necessary, you can use the subway and tram lines. Apart from these, bus is also an option in public transportation. It is possible to stroll around city in an entertaining manner by renting a bicycle as well.
You need to transform the ticket which you have bought to use in the public transportation, into a valid ticket. You can do it via orange machines which you can see in bus and tram and subway platforms. After making your ticket valid, you can transfer to another vehicle within 1 hour. If more than one person travel with one card, it is necessary to make it valid each time. If you don’t transform your ticket into a valid one and are caught during the control, you will be fined to 55 Euro. The public transportation you can use in the city are:
Subway: The most efficient and speedy way that can be used in the inner transportation of Brussels is subway. Subway system put into service in the year of 1965. As well as the city center, neighboring points are accessible too. Subway stations are indicated by the letter “M”. subway stations have been designed by Belgian artists. There is an expenditure in every 10-15 minutes. There are three subway lines. Line 1A serves between Roi Baudouin and Hermann-Debroux, Line 1B between Erasme and Stockel and Line 2 between Simonis and Delacroix.
Tram & Bus: There are efficient tram line and bus options to provide inner transportation. The stations of yellow trams are indicated by red and white signs. You have to give a signal at the station to stop the bus or tram. Transportation at nights has been rendered to be easier by increasing the number of night buses into 11.
Taxi: Price per km. is 1,66-2,7 Euro depending on being inside the city or not. Night tariff is 2,4 Euro. Waiting price is 30 Euro per 1 hour. The price includes the service cost. But you can tip a little sum if you desire.
Bicycle: It is a more common transportation method to transport with bicycle day by day in Brussels. Especially taking into consideration that the sights are so close to each other, to transport with bicycle is a good option. You can rent a bicycle in Bois de la Cambre (Carrefour des Attelages), Parc de la Woluwe (below of the park) and Parc de la Pede (Anderlecht). The service is accessible between 12:00-18:00 from April to October. The price of renting bicycle is: 7 Euro per hour, 15 Euro per day.
You can find all information you might need during Brussels trip throughout the pages of Travel Guide for Brussels.