Local public transportation at night is carried out by the following night buses :
N01 De Brouckère – Peter Benoit
N02 De Brouckère – Saint-Vincent
N04 De Brouckère – Cimetière de Bruxelles
N05 De Brouckère – Marcel Thiry
N06 Bourse – Musée du Tram
N07 Bourse – Herrmann-Debroux
N08 Bourse – Wiener
N09 Bourse – Boondael Gare
N10 Bourse – Fort-Jaco
N11 Bourse – Uccle Calevoet
N12 De Brouckère – Stalle (P)
N13 Bourse – Westland Shopping
N14 De Brouckère – Westland Shopping
N15 Porte de Namur – Hunderenveld
N16 Porte de Namur – Berchem Station
N17 Gare du Midi – Heysel (via Miroir)
N18 Gare du Midi – Heysel (via Bockstael)
Nightbus single fare = 3 Euro's.
Nightbus network map
The Maatschappij voor Intercommunaal Vervoer van Brussel (MIVB) is the main transportation authority of Brussels. It operates the metro, (night)buses and trams.
Public Transportation network map
Other companies supplying transportation to/from Brussels are:
SNCB (Belgian Rail): with some thirty stations in greater Brussels, the SNCB is very complementary to the other networks. The three main Brussels stations are Brussels South, Brussels Central and Brussels North.
DE LIJN (Flemish Public Transport): some sixty bus lines connect the Brussels region with the main cities of Flemish Brabant.
TEC (Walloon Public Transport): 6 TEC lines connect Brussels with its French-speaking outskirts.
No 12 which is Express and no 21 which is slower (on sat and sundays there is no 12 service) go from the bus stops just outside the arrival hall.
the tickets have to be bought in the machine.
4 euros one way in february 2013 and 27 euros for ten trips which is wonderful.
Unfortunatlely if you dont have a pin number for your credit card you are really in trouble. On the bus the driver can charge you up to six euros if he has a ticket to give you..
and it does not take notes so you have to have the correct change..
the service is rapid, within 25 minutes you are in Schumann just at the head fo Archimede street in European Quarters ..
The «Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles», better known as STIB, is the main public transport operator in Brussels. Thanks to their underground, tram and bus lines, their network can take you to the four corners of the city each and every day.
La «Société des Transports intercommunaux de Bruselas», más conocida como la STIB, es el principal operador de transporte público en Bruselas. Gracias a sus líneas de metro, tranvía y autobús, la red puede llevar a las cuatro esquinas de la ciudad cada día.
There is a bus that goes with few stops from the Brussels airport to the Luxembourg European Quarters of Brussels. it is cheap only 3.50 euros and takes about 45 minutes . If you are staying in the european quarter this is a good alternative
My first ride on a tram was here in Bruxelles.
I loved it!
These light rail transportation options are faster than buses, more easily accessible than the métro/subway. The city’s first horse-drawn tram took off in 1869. The city’s tram system is quiet extensive, being the 10th largest in the world. One tram line, #92, passed directly in front of our hotel, making travel to the sights quick and easy.
Ride the trams!
The Brussels Metro system is reliable and is a good, inexpensive way to avoid the expensive taxis. It works similar to the Paris Metro in that a train's terminus determines the direction. The disappointing thing is that the trains are fairly worn and dirty. Stations are a little creepy after 9 pm. I was apporached repeatedly by panhandlers (3/27/06)
**AS OF NOV 2011** A one-way fare is now 1.80 Euro. Ticket machines accept only coins (NO bills) and my magnetic strip USA debit card did NOT work. So either have enough change or wait in a long line at some of the major transfer point stations (if you can find a window open). My 3 day card was swallowed by a machine at Madou and not a soul to help- tant pis!
Also, there is a map for 50 cents that the Tourist Info people sell (I bought mine at Midi/Zuid) that is the most handy reference for the Metro. It is printed on really good, flexible paper that does not disintegrate.
Be very aware of pickpockets on the Metro, too!
First time tourists to Europe are always advised to take some foreign money in advance for small purchases such as water, candy and public transportation. What they are not told, is that buses,
and metro tickets need to be purchased out of a ticket kiosk which will NOT take paper bills.
If you arrive late, and the airport stores are closed, you will have a real problem getting anyone to give you change for a paper bill.
Also, kiosk machines are usually broken, or hard to understand the directions, and you become a great target for scammers, and thieves walking around just looking for confused and stranded tourist.
Again, just make sure you have some COINS if you are a budget traveler, and not taking a taxi from ANY airport in Europe.
Beware Gare Nord station, we were followed onto a tram where I stupidly fell for the 'something dirty on my back' routine, guy grabbed our hand luggage while I was distracted, even more upsetting was the attitude of the other passengers, nobody looked or commented, the whole incident was completely ignored, my daughter jumped off the tram and grabbed the thief, it seems everybody except us knows this area is very bad, this was in the middle of the daytime too!
Namely the tram line 3-4 between gare du Nord and gare du Midi (Bourse, Annessens, Rogier, etc). Also on the way to Heysel if you take the metro. If you look at the metro map, anything located west of De Brouckere is more dangerous than east. You will notice that the "east side" is mainly "white" whereas if you travel west you will encounter more foreigners. I'm not saying that they cause all the troubles (I'm a foreigner myself) but that's just how it is... Those are just facts. The probability that something happens to you grows bigger the more west you go. And be careful at gare du Midi (it's famous for pickpockets) although it's not as famous as let's say Barcelona(!). Unlike Barcelona the police is there on location and will look for thieves.
Overal, the city is not famous for being dangerous. I was born and live in Brussels, so you can trust me.
My trip went well. I arrive to Charleroi airport at 5:00pm went out to the street (it is very small airport) in a minute and took the 5:15 pm shuttle bus right infront of the airport exit. (you must buy the ticket at the boot it's just 50m. away -13€ one way)the trip was about 50 min. It drop me in front of the Brussels midi train station.
On my way back, I decided to take 10 am bus from Brussels midi. I was there 15 min early. The bus was not punctual it waited till the bus to be totally full so we took of at 10:30 am. I paid the ride to the bus driver. The trip again took about 50 min. My plane was at 1:20 pm but I had half an hour delay so arrived a bit early and killed some time there...
Like any other cities of Europe it is not advisable to drive around in Brussels. The best way to explore city is either by foot or public transport. If you are driving into the city than try and find a parking place and get rid of your vehicle during your stay.
We were there for little time and our B&B was within walking distance to most of what we wanted to see, so we walked a lot and bought single tickets for the bus and tram.
A single ticket costs 1,70 euros (adult) if you buy it on the machines before you board the vehicle, or 2 euros if you buy it from the driver, it's valid for 1 hour and you can use it to change between buses, trams and metro lines within that hour. After buying the ticket, cancel it on the machine to avoid fines of any kind.
For longer stays or if you think you'll use public transportation a lot, there's a variety of cards that you can use.
There is a couple of cheap and easy ways into central Brussels ... if staying around the Grand Place area you can take the metro from the airport to Centrale station for 3 euro's and it's about a 30 minute ride... once there you can make your way to your hotel easily if you don't have heavy luggage .... Or you can take either the #12 or # 21 bus to the Luxemborg train station in the European district of town for 3 euro's also... the bus takes about 45 minutes ... easy and cheap !!!!
A cab into town might run you about 35 to 40 Euro's !!!! depending on the traffic.
As from April 4th 2009 the Brussels Metro has been extended and now has four underground lines plus two tram lines which pretty much cover the whole city. Line 1 (magenta) runs across the city between Gare de l'Ouest to Stocke, Line 2 (orange) loops between Simonis Leopold II and Simonis Elisabeth, Line 5 (yellow) goes through the city from Erasme in the south west to Hermann-Debroux in the south east and line 6 (blue) spirals out from Simonis Elisabeth to Roi Baudouin. Lines 3 and 4 (green and pink) are the trams travelling, respectively, between Gare de Nord to Churchill and Esplanade to Stalle P.
For a print-friendly map click Metro Map and follow the link.
There are a variety of ticket options including single tickets, 5 and 10 journey tickets, 1 day and 3 day passes as well as various group and disabled discount tickets. All tickets have to be validated in the yellow machines before travelling and single tickets are valid for any complete journey including transfers. There are two types of ticket, the MOBIB card and the JUMP ticket which are valid on the whole metro, bus and tram network with the exception of the airport buses (for which a separate ticket is required). Tickets can be purchased from machines and manned offices at all stations as well as various other outlets. At the time of writing a single JUMP ticket is 1.70 Euros and a one-day JUMP ticket 4.50.
Station locations are well signposted (look for the white on blue M) and the system is very easy to navigate with excellent signage in the stations and most stations have an electronic train tracker which tells you when and where the next train is.