Brussels, capital of the kingdom of Belgium is also the capital of Europe.
A destination that’s easy to reach and reasonable prices that won’t strain its visitors’ pockets, regardless of age. This cosmopolitan city that loves good food lives life its way and expresses itself in a style very much its own: sometimes rebellious and mischievous, sometimes thoughtful and composed, but always very likeable. Despite its European dimension and despite all the different languages spoken on the corner of every street, Brussels is still inspired by a very “village-like” spirit. Of course, it’s well known for its Grand-Place, its Atomium, its Manneken-Pis, its Gueuze and its Kriek, its waffles and its chocolates…
Brussels at the heart of Europe
Headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.), Brussels is an international financial centre and home to the European headquarters of over two thousand multinationals. Brussels offers high-calibre scientific resources and has flexible economic infrastructures that have enabled it to keep pace with the great technological changes of the 21st century.
Brussels in figures
The conurbation covers a total surface area of 16,179 ha.
The population has around 1.1 million inhabitants. Roughly 30% of the city’s total population is foreign.
The city’s green spaces (parks – woods – forest) account for 11.4% of the region’s territory.
The time is GMT +1 in winter GMT + 2 in summer
Brussels has a temperate, maritime climate.
A motorway ring road (RING) has been built roughly 6 km from the centre of Brussels to make both transit and entry into the city easier.
For further information please visit the website of visitBrussels.be.
Getting around in Brussels
Low Emission Zone Brussels
Please note, when entering the low emission zone (LEZ) without having your car registered you will be fined 350 Euros. The regulation affects cars, vans ≤ 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches, whether registered in Belgium or abroad.
All vehicles in categories M1, M2 or M3 or N1 are affected (excluding N1 vehicles with bodywork code BC, to which the kilometre charge applies).
Further information can be found here: https://lez.brussels/en
Metro and Bus
Most public transport in the Brussels-Capital Region is organized by the STIB/SNCB.
The network includes metro lines, which connect the eastern and western districts of the city. Pre-metro lines (trams in the tunnels) complete the metro service. A great many metro lines also have above ground bus and tram connections.
Timetables: 6 a.m. – midnight – consult the timetables shown at the stops.
Buying your ticket:
In the various metro stations and at the STIB information offices at many newsagents
single ticket JUMP: 2,10€ (purchased outside vehicle) / 2,50 € (purchased inside vehicle)
1 ticket STIB/SNCB : 4,20€
card for 5 journeys JUMP : 8,00€ (+ MOBIB basic = 5€)
card for 10 journeys JUMP: 14,00 € (+ MOBIB basic = 5€)
1-day card JUMP : 7,50€
airport line – bus 12/21 – one way ticket: 4,50 € (1 journey purchased outside vehicle) / 6,00 € (1 journey purchased inside vehicle)
airport line – bus 12/21 – 10 days: 32,00€
airport line – train : one way ticket 8,60€ – return ticket 17,20€
The “1-day card” may be used on STIB vehicles as much as you like and when you wish during the same day.
There are five main stations serving the Brussels-Capital Region, all interlinked. For all information concerning passenger transport in Belgium and abroad, T (0)2 528 28 28
Central Station ‑ Gare Centrale, Carrefour de l’Europe 2 – 1000 Brussels
South Station, rue de France 2 – 1070 Brussels
For London: Eurostar
For Paris: Thalys
For France: TGV
North Station, rue du Progrès 85 – 1210 Brussels
Luxembourg Station, place du Luxembourg – 1040 Brussels For Luxembourg
Schuman Station, Rond-point Schuman – 1040 Brussels
Serves European institutions.
Costs for a single journey are €8.70 for an adult standard ticket. Tickets and timetables are found at belgianrail.be.
You can find many well-known international car rental companies in Brussels. Rental cars can be found in the arrivals gate both at Brussels Airport and at the desks at Charleroi.
Photos courtesy of © visit.brussels