Transportation in Brussels looks complicated at first sight. There are not only several train stations, but also the metro, trams, buses, taxis and some special means of transport. Our transportation guide for Brussels helps you to get around and find the perfect means of transport!
Brussels has several train stations with Gare du Midi being the most important one. From this station, most long distance trains are departing. You may reach cities in Germany, Great Britain, France and the Netherlands departing from Gare du Midi. Moreover, several regional trains connecting Brussels with its suburbs and other cities in Belgium are departing from this train station.
To get around in Brussels the fastest, you may use the Metro Brussels. Nowadays, there are four official metro lines and another three lines, which partly run underground, but are nowadays part of the tram system.
All four tram lines are operating in the city center and three are also connecting the city center with the suburbs as well as sights like the Atomium in the North of the city. The only exception is Line 2 which is a circle line. Depending from where to where you have to go, the Metro is the fastest and cheapest means of transport.
Metro lines in Brussels:
Way more extensive than the metro network in Brussels is the tram network. Currently, tere are 17 lines in total, but some of those are only running during the day or during the night. Lines 3, 4 and 7 are also special as these three lines are mainly operating underground and though may be mistaken for being a metro.
While most of the trams are modern and accessible nowadays, there are still a few old trains which still operate. This means that you just have a guarantee to get an accessible car on some lines. Nevertheless, taking the tram in Brussels is a must if you have to get from one point to another as the network covers pretty much the whole city.
Most important tram lines in Brussels:
In addition to the metro and trams in Brussels, there’s also an extensive bus network. Even though the bus network mainly covers the suburbs, there are several bus lines in the city center, too. Especially in the European Quarter where only few tram and metro lines are located, buses play a crucial role.
The airport may also be reached the fastest when taking a bus. The fare system of buses, trams and the metro in Brussels is linked. This means that you can buy a single ticket and use all means of public transportation in Brussels. Tourists may either buy paper tickets for single rides or day tickets. Tickets for single rides cost 2.10 Euro (~ 2.25 US-Dollar)
Taking a taxi in Brussels is anything but cheap. The pick up fare is 2.40 Euro (~ 2.60 US-Dollar) during the day and 4.40 Euro (~ 4.75 US-Dollar) from 10 pm to 6 am. The kilometer fare, which is the same all day long, is 1.80 Euro (~ 1.95 US-Dollar) for rides inside the Brussels Capital Region.
For rides outside of the Brussels Capital Region, the kilometer fare jumps up to 2.70 Euro (~ 2.90 US-Dollar). With these prices, a typical ride from the airport to the city center costs between 35 and 45 Euro (~ 39 to 49 US-Dollar).
As Brussels is well-developed in touristic terms, there are several alternative means of transport. These include sighsteeing buses which take you through the city for a hefty fee.
There are also some special means of transport like horse carriages, but these are usually quite expensive, too.