Brussels Travel Guide

Getting Around

On foot

Most sights in Brussels are fairly close together, within reasonable walking distance of each other. The oldest part of town can have uneven cobblestone roads, but the rest of the city is fairly easy to walk. Many roads in the old town are closed to cars. Brussels has many wet days, and in winter small amounts of snow can make the ground slushy, so water-resistant footwear is a must if you will be out walking all day.

By metro
STIB-MIVBPhone: +32 (0)70 232 000 (0,30/min)The Brussels region (Bilingual) public bus, tram and metro service.

The metro in Brussels is quite clean and safe compared to most metro systems. Metro entrances are marked by big "M" signs in blue and white, with the station name underneath. All announcements are made in Dutch, French and English.

Brussels revamped its metro at the start of April 2009 to boast six lines, and at the same time rescheduled several tram and bus routes. Single tickets cost €2.00 if pre-purchased and are available from the driver for €2.50 (only trams, not metro).

You validate the ticket in the small orange machines located in buses/trams, or at the entrance to metro stations/major tram stops. The orange machines time-stamp the ticket, both in ink and magnetically, and it will be valid for one hour. You can interrupt your ride and interchangeably use any STIB/MIVB transport. You should revalidate your ticket for each new ride.

One-, five- and ten-ride tickets are available at almost all metro and train stations. A card that can be used for ten rides on public transport costs €13.00. There is also a 1 day pass available for €6.50. These tickets can be purchased either at staffed windows or from kiosks. However, the kiosks do not accept many credit and debit cards and only accept cash payments in coins.

Remember that a 10-ride ticket can be used by more than one person. For example, if two of you are traveling together, you can just buy one 10-ride ticket, and when you enter the bus, or metro or tram, you validate the ticket twice by inserting the ticket twice into the small orange machine. As soon as the ticket is spat out, you insert it again, and the machine will say two persons, and there will be two lines on the ticket to indicate this. If you know you're going to use the bus or tram, getting the 10-ride pass might be cheaper than getting individual tickets.

By bike

Since 2009, the city offers low-cost short-term "Villo" rentals at 180 locations near the central city. The system only accepts Smart cards (the ones with an electronic chip and activated by a PIN code), it does not accept the regular magnetic stripe cards. The first half hour is free, the next costs €0.50. Registration costs €1.50 for a day and €7 for a week. The year long ticket costs €30. It is advisable to wear a helmet and a fluo vest (not mandatory). The bikes are robust, but rather heavy. More detailed information can be found online at Villo (English, French and Dutch)..

Brussels Bike Tours . They take you on an easy (no hills) ride that lets you discover the city in just 4 hours.

source: Wikivoyage

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