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.
The city is well served by public transportation. Buses, trams goes almost everywhere in Brussels. The metro has only three lines , but it is useful to go to certain places far from the city center.
One single ticket is valid for multiple jouneys across the whole network for one hour. There are also various kinds of passes are on sale; for ten, five travels or for one day.
Shuttles Brussels - Charleroi Airport
The trip takes about 1 hr and when leaving from
Brussels, you might find the bus full unless you have booked before,
or turn up 4 hours before yr flight departure to be sure.
Every hour a shuttle coach leaves the airport to take you to the
main Brussels railway station (Brussels Midi,Brussels South).
The shuttle coach stop there is at the crossing of rue de France
and rue de l’Instruction
SINGLE FARE IS 13 EURO
RETURN FARE IS 22 EURO
* Shuttle tickets are sold inside the airport terminal (counter n° 1). You can also buy tickets on the Internet : www.voyages-lelan.be
* From Brussels, tickets may be purchased on board the coach.
If you can`t get on a shuttle bus because it`s full
then there is usually a taxi that will take 5 people for the same
price per person as the shuttle bus fare.
The shuttle bus to Charleroi Train station, then one hour trip
by train into Brussels might take up to 2.5 hours...
as trains don`t go that often and not much cheaper than the shuttle.
Re-acqainted myself with the Metro this morning (16-5-8) on my way from Gare Centrale to Ave Louise.
I'd forgotten how easy it is!
€1.50 for a ticket to go anywhere on the system within an hour of purchase.
Don't forget to "cancel" your ticket before you board (look out for the cancellation machines) or you'll be in trouble.
The transport system in Brussels is pretty efficient, and you will find it reasonably easy to get around on the trams and buses.
Stops have a timetable on display, and show the list of stops along the route of the bus/tram.
One of the best options is to buy a day ticket (4 euro) which gives you access to all buses and trams and metro for the day. What is more, if you buy a day ticket on Saturday or Sunday, the one ticket will actually cover two people!
You cannot buy day tickets on the buses, but they are available from any metro station.
Note: once you have bought your ticket, you will need to validate it in the machines that you can find in the entry to the metro station or on the bus.
Since I only had a rental bike for one day, and couldn't access the CycloCity system, I actually took the # 71 bus several times between my hotel and the opera house.
This is obviously not a healthy way to travel (because you just sit there), but I must admit that the buses are fast and run often enough, even late at night.
Second photo: The Royal Palace, as seen late at night from the # 71 bus.
Third photo:I also took the Metro twice, once to get from the South Station to my hotel, and once to get back again.
There are three lines...1A, 1B and 2...the good thing is that on Sunday if you buy a day ticket...it will cost you 4 euro and it's valid for two persons...so it's quite a good deal, becuase also the trams are included...
One way ticket will cost you 1,50 euro
There are machines for buying tickets and there are many combinations of tickets...like two way tickets...5 rides..etc...
The metro is very convenient to get around Brussels. There are 2 lines, one for east to west and one that winds around the city. The stations are identified by a large M sign, and the system is easy to figure out how to use and where to go.
The metro is the quickest way to get around Brussels. The trains are frequent, quick (the trains run roughly every 7 min peak times) and easy to use. Tickets are relatively cheap (a Day-pass is only €4).
There are a few snags though:
-The metro drivers do not usually wait for you in case they are just about to go and see you running towards the metro train. You'll just have to wait for the next one.
-The trains get very packed during the rush hour.
-They stop running after midnight most days although the website says that it operates from 5am to 1am.
-You can only buy monthly tickets in a few designated offices.
Fares in 2007
Single tickets - EUR 1.50
5-ride ticket -EUR 6.70
10-ride ticket - EUR 11.00
Day-pass - EUR 4.00
Monthly pass EUR 40.50
Yearly pass EUR 405.00
All tickets are valid on metro, buses (STIB, De Lijn, TEC), trams or suburban trains (SNCB) and have to be validated each time you get on a bus, tram or metro.
We enjoyed glorious weather while visiting Brussels and much preferred walking as a means of transport. I do realise the weather is not always sunny ha ha and public transport plays a big part in city life. All forms of transport are modern, cheap and efficient. I particularly liked the hired bike idea = just pop the required euros into the machine and off you go but be warned traffic is chaotic around here - pedestrians should be well warned about street crossings = trams have right of way or priority even when the Green Man flashes!!
The ticket needs to be validated in a small yellow machine, before boarding the train. What you need to know is that these machines will SWALLOW your ticket, stamp it inside and, after a while, return it to you. Trivial? Maybe not. It was so surprising (and funny) to see that even the Belgian people are not used to it! They would try to insert one end of the ticket into the machine slot, while holding the other end, in hope the machine would just stamp the inserted end. Nuthin would happen. Agitated people would just leave the machines without having their ticket validated. And so may travellers were stunned and fell in panic, when the machine "ate" their whole ticket. They thought they'd never get it back!.....
Great for first timers as it tours around the main attractions of Brussels. It's unlimited for the whole day. We took the first bus in the morning and followed one round. Then, we drop hop on and off from places to places. Short audio intro in different languages about different attractions. Cost about Euro 16 per adult.
If you have a flexible schedule and are on a budget and want to get started with your sight seeing right away, the best option is to take the eurostar train to Brussels. The trip from London will last about 2 and a half hours and you will end up in the Gare De Bruxelles Midi Station which is directly linked to a metro station. The fare will cost about $120 dollars.
Public transportation in Brussels is relatively good, but in no sense up to the Western European standards. Of course, my opinion can biased by the fact that I am a frequent user (or rather sufferer) of the STIB (the company that manages the urbarn transports in Brussels).
The metro network is not really extensive, as there are only two lines (one of them with two sub-lines) and just a handful of stations. It obviously does not cover the entire city, but will take you from central Brussels (overly walkable) to the attractions located around the Jubilee Park (Schuman area) and to the Heyzel district, where the famous Atomium is located. The Koekelberg National Basilica and the attractions located along the Eastern Petite ceinture are easily approachable by using the short line 2.
As for trams and buses, there are multiple lines that crisscross the city, but they may be difficult to navigate, as maps and schedules are not really obvious to the non-frequent visitor. There is an underground tramway line which connects South Station with North Station (with various ramifications) running on the former river bed. Other useful line will take you from Royal Square to the Avenue Louise.
Generally speaking, drivers of metro-trains, trams and buses are particularly brutal, so do hold to the bar during your ride.
Brussels appears to have a well thought-out public transport system, although we only used it a couple of times on our short visit. The network of metro trains, trams and buses is operated as one, and interchanges between the different transport types are easy as stations cover several or all of them. Tickets are known as JUMP tickets because you can use them to jump from one form of transport to another. All tickets have to be validated each time you get on a bus, tram or metro.
You can choose from a variety of JUMP tickets, so it pays to think ahead about how many journeys you’re likely to be making while in the city. Here are some sample prices:
Single ticket – 1.50 EUR
5-ride ticket – 6.70 EUR
10-ride ticket – 10.50 EUR
Day pass – 4.00 EUR