Getting around in Brussels

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Getting around in Brussels by metro, tram and bus. Info and tickets, accessibility

Given its small size, the center of Brussels can be easily reached on foot. It is divided into two areas: la upper part to the southeast, where the French-speaking elite lives, and where the large boulevards and the Belgian Parliament are located; there lower part instead, which includes the medieval old town, built around the majestic former market square, called Grand Place.

On foot, along the cobbled streets, you can reach the famous neighborhoods of Ilôt Sacré, Ste Catherine, St Géry e Marolles.

The city has a public transport system that consists of metro, tram and bus. The first ones are ideal for moving around in Brussels. Buses, on the other hand, are particularly comfortable during the evening. The public service is mainly managed by the STIB.


Metro Brussels

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The metro is the fastest way to get around Brussels, from one part of the city to the other. With the metro, you can avoid city traffic, particularly evident during peak times.

Brussels has 4 meter lines shown with the numbers 1, 2, 5 and 6. The symbol indicating the stations is a white M, on a blue background. Fast and efficient, the metro allows you to move around Brussels in an easy and simple way. Inn cities also exist the 3 and 4 lines, called Pre-Metro. These are two tram lines with part of the underground journey.

The metro usually works, every day, from 05: 00 about in the morning, up to 00: 30. Frequencies range from 6 / 7 minutes during the week, to 10 minutes, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Furthermore, timetables are subject to change during the year.


In the city, 18 tram lines and 52 daytime bus lines circulate. By tram and bus, it is possible to move to Brussels, reaching the more peripheral neighborhoods. The 70 lines connect the whole city in a capillary way. At peak times, Trams are more congenial than buses, due to city traffic. The means are all identified by a progressive number.

Usually, they run from the 05 in the morning until midnight. Times and frequencies vary depending on the line. Some, less frequented, terminate the service around the 20: 30.

Il servizio Noctis (night buses) has 11 bus line and is active on Friday evening and Saturday night from around midnight until 03: 00 in the morning. Keep in mind that, in some stops, the last bus could start around 02: 40; be careful not to lose it! Buses that operate the night service are identified by the letter N before the number. All lines pass through Centraal Station, the city's central railway station.


People with reduced mobility and wheelchairs will not have great difficulty moving around Brussels, in complete autonomy. All the main underground stations, and numerous secondary stops, are perfectly accessible. The company also offers a FREE assistance service to those who have difficulty in using the lifts. You only have to request in advance, on the official website or by phone.

By bus, there are 15 accessible lines: 12, 21, 29, 43, 48, 49, 50, 58, 59, 63, 71, 79, 84, 87, 95. On these lines, many stops are perfectly accessible independently, while for others, help or a chaperone is needed. The 9 Tram, recently inaugurated, is equipped with all comforts, as well as a low floor and is perfectly accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Getting around in Brussels, Central Station


From the 2010 the STIB has launched an electronic calling card MOBIB, available in the version BASIC or personelle. This is a special card on which you can upload all single tickets or carnet from 10 travel. The MOBIB PERSONelle Card, unlike the BASIC version, also allows you to load all subscriptions. The card costs 5 euro, and allows you to travel at a slightly discounted price (the cost of the subscriptions, however, remains unchanged). Yes acquita at the numerous points of sale displaying the brand, and online. On the MOBIB card, you can use the following travel titles:

JUMP 1 VOYAGE is the valid title for a trip on all public transport in the city, De lijn, and the Brussels-Capital Region, within 60 minutes of the first validation. Valid for a trip in one direction, costs 2.10 € per person. Very convenient, the carnet versions JUMP 5 VOYAGE e JUMP 10 VOYAGE. The first one costs 8.00 € and includes 5 single trips; you will therefore pay 1.60 € per trip, instead of 2.10 €. The 10 travel booklet, on the other hand, costs 14.00 € (1.40 € per trip).

JUMP 24, 48 and 72H + BUS AIRPORT, It is a convenient ticket that allows you to have unlimited access on all means, and move to Brussels, De Lijn and the Region. You can also use it for a bus trip from the airport. It is activated from the first use, for the duration purchased. The cut from 24h costs 7.50 €; 48h, costs 14.00 €; 72h, costs 18.00.

If you do not want to buy the MOBIB card, you can use common, named tickets STIB, also available on buses and trams WITH OVERPRINT. You can buy tickets for a single trip, at the cost of 2.10 €, or 2.50 € on board the vehicle. Alternatively, the ticket from 24h, costs 7.50, and can be purchased at counters and kiosks.

For tickets from the Brussels National Airport, please refer to on the dedicated page, available at this link.

All the charm and beauty of Brussels, with the convenience of unlimited transport. Visiting the capital of Belgium has never been so easy, thanks to the Brussels City Card. A fantastic card that allows you to visit the main attractions of the city. It is available in three different types and can be particularly convenient and convenient. More info from here.

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