Bus, tram, metro, Antwerp
In every underground station in Antwerp you can buy tickets from the automatic vending machines. You can buy, one way tichets, city passes or even passes for the whole of Flanders. Also tickets for groups and special events. The tickets can be used for public transport by DE LIJN. De lijn is the company that carries out the public transport for Flanders.
On the picture you can see an example of the infotram. This is a great feature it tels you how long it takes before your tram will arrive. Its not on every line yet, but it will be in the future;
Update : Most of them don't work anymore and the new system is also not working very good. Best is to download the app or scan the QR code.
If you are visiting Antwerp or any other place in Flanders it is easy to travel with the trams,busses and premetro of DE LIJN. De lijn is the company that offers public transport in Flanders. For tourists its best to buy a day or weekend card. They also sell group tickets and tickets for special events that include everything,entrance plus transport.
The city has trams and buses for getting around town. You can buy a pack of 10 tickets for 7 euro and are good for a set period of time. On weekends the trams run an hour later at night and tie into the night buses which a couple run until 3:30. I thought it was interesting that while some trams run along major streets where there is plenty of room, there were quite a few that ran through rather narrow streets.
In Antwerp the "De Lijn" company exploits the local buses.
The Rooseveltplaats still is the main bus terminal square, but there are plans to transfer the square into a pedestrian area.
Bus Route Planner
My weekend in Antwerp with the VT group meant that there would be a fair bit of walking around the city centre but not much in the way of having to use public transport apart from the connection between where I was staying near Central Station and the city centre.
This is such a popular connection that the trams have now been put underground. Locals still refer to it as the tram but to visitors it would be considered a metro line. Numbers 2,5 and 15 connect Diamant (Central Station) to Groenplaats (city centre).
Fares (as of Aug 2012) are €1.20 for a single journey, bought from a ticket machine on the platform.
I was here for 3 days and so I bought a 3 day pass from the Lijn office at Central Station for €10. A 1 day pass was €5, 5 days €15, and 7 days €18. You're supposed to be able to buy all these tickets and passes on board for an extra €2-3 but I don't think you would be able to do that on the metro.
For a short stay at Antwerp (long weekend) a 10 strip Netlijnkaart will do.
It's 10 rides for Euro 9.
You can buy one at the DE LIJN shop at the Centraal Station at the groundfloor shopping area (west-side).
The Antwerp tram is a very popular mode of transport with both locals and visitors to the city.As of 2010 the system has 11 routes,4 of which pass underground (known as Antwerp pre-metro).The system is operated by Flemmish region's 'De Lijn'.
There are many stations dotted in around the city and your never far away from a ticket machine.All day passes are also available.I found the trams to be efficient and clean and always on time.Very good value for money.
The Antwerp Diamond City Tour Bus is a fleet of buses offering one hour trips around some of Antwerps best known and historical sights.Its a hop on hop off tour meaning you can get off or on at any one of the seven designated stops dotted around the city as many times in the day as you like after purchasing your ticket.
The buses are clean and punctual with headphones explaining the history of Antwerp in up to eight languages,just flip the dial to your chosen language,sit back and enjoy.Some of the highlights of the tour include:Central Station,Diamond District,City Park,Groenplaats,Museum of Fine Arts,Market Square,Old Harbour and many more.
The tours run from 10.30 till 17.25 daily.
Tickets are 13 Euros for a an all day pass.
photos coming soon
In Antwerp you can take one of the following ten "De Lijn" trams:
-2 GREEN Hoboken-Linkeroever
-3 YELLOW Merksem-Zwijndrecht
-4 LIGHT BLUE Hoboken-St. Pietersvliet
-7 DARK BLUE Mortsel-St. Pietersvliet
-8 ORANGE Eksterlaar-Lambermontplaats
-10 GREEN Deurne-Melkmarkt
-11 WHITE Eksterlaar-Melkmarkt
-12 RED Wim Saerensplein-Schoonselhof
-15 WHITE Mortsel-Linkeroever
-24 PINK Silsburg-Zuidstation
Each line has its own colourcode.
Lines 2, 3 & 15 are partly underground in the premetrotunnel.
The tram driver sells single tickets, which are more expensive than pre-sold ticket at other locations. If you want to buy a ticket from the driver, open the frontdoors yourself by pushing the OPEN button.
The ANTWERP DIAMOND BUS is the ideal way to explorethe city without effort.You get on and off at any of the stops an unlimited number of times for 24 hours after first use. On presentation of your ticket you have discount in museums and other sights.However we explored the entire city on foot as it is quite compact
De Lijn is the transport company that is responsible for all the bus, tram and metro traffic in Flanders. Antwerp has an extensive network of these 3 transport means and it is also the easiest way to travel around in the city. The main bus station can be found at the Franklin Rooseveltplaats, at a walking distance of about 5 minutes from the train station Antwerp-Central. One can also find an information stand there where one can buy tickets or just more information. Be aware that there is almost always a long queue.
As for the fare prices: a single ticket costs €1.50, a day pass €6 and a 3-days pass €12. All the tickets can be bought on the bus, tram or metro. However, if one buys tickets in presale, then a 20% discount will be given. These presale-points can be found in the above information stand, the automats in the stations and some stops as well in most newspaper shops.
Remember to validate your ticket in the yellow machines every time you take the bus, tram or metro. When you take the bus or tram, you have to press the blue buttons before you can descend at the next stop. Because if no one presses it, the bus driver will assume that no one wants to get out at that particular stop. As for the metro, it almost always stop at every stop, but still do press as to be sure that the metro will stop.
For more information, please visit their site. The only downside is that it is only available in Dutch.
If you opt not to rent a car in Belgium, Antwerp is only about 30 miles (50 km) from Brussels or Ghent and you can get there via train.
Centraal Station is the largest and most centrally located train station in Antwerp and you can find train schedules here. There are direct trains from both Ghent and Brussels that take around 45 minutes, Bruges is around 70 minutes.
There are many and cheap flights to Brussels from any country in Europe.The best solution is taking a shuttle bus from the Brussels airport which departs every hour since 7 am until 11 pm.Antwerp is about 40 kms. and the journey takes 50 minutes.The bus stop is in De Keyserlei street near Central Station.Price 8 euros.
The best way to get around in Antwerp is by bus, tram or metro. Inside the city tram and metro are the fastest. If you want to go outside of the citycenter the bus is better. You can find the busstation on the Rooseveltplaats. It's also here that you'll find the Informationstand of 'De Lijn' (the public transportcompany) You can buy tickets here or just get information on the timetables or routes. Information on tram and metro are also availlable here.
- A single ticket: gives you free use of the whole net inside the citie for 1hour. It costs 1.50€ when bought on the bus, tram or metro.When you buy it at the presales-points (infostand, the automats in the metrostations or at a newspaperstore) it costs 0.80€. You have to validate the ticket in the yellow machines on the bus or tram.
- A daypass: you can use the hole net in Flanders (not in Brussels) for one day. It is 6€ (bought on the bus, tram or metro) and 5€ (at the presales-points) You also put it in the yellow machines to validate it . You have to do it every time you take a bus or tram even when you just switch on to another line.
- A 3-daypass or a 5-daypass This one is interresting if you stay longer than one day in Flanders. You can use the whole net in Flanders (not in Brussels) freely. You also have to validate the ticket every time you take a ride. A 3-daypass costs 10€ (presale) or 12€ (on the bus, tram or metro) and a5-daypass costs 15€ (presale) or 18€ (on the bus , tram or metro) You also put it in the yellow machines to validate it . You have to do it every time you take a bus or tram even when you just switch on to another line.
For more detailed information check teh website of ' De Lijn' (which is unfortunatly only in Dutch) or e-mail at the following adres.