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Basic information

  • Area: 161.4 km² (62.2 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +32
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,080,790
  • Official language: Dutch, French, German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Brussels – Getting Around


Brussels has an extensive fleet of buses and trams that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs. There is no main station, but with a map from STIB (Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company) you should be able to navigate yourself on the correct lines. Daily, weekly and monthly travel cards can be purchased from newsagents, tobacconists or kiosks. It is possible to buy direct from the driver, but is often more expensive. Multi trip tickets are also available for added convenience, but be sure to always validate them on boarding. Long distance buses arrive and depart from Gare du Nord, with services to many regional destinations including Paris and Amsterdam. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies (Eurolines) directly.


Brussels metro system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. Numerous lines connect 59 stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 5.30am through to 1am the metro system is by far the most convenient mode of transport, but be aware it can get busy during rush hour. Tickets can be bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks.


There are many official taxis that operate throughout Brussels, which can be hailed on the street, from a taxi stand or pre-booked by telephone. All licensed vehicles are fitted with meters, but be sure they are switched on before setting off. Rates are usually reasonable and include all additional charges.


Brussels has three main stations in the central, southern and northern parts of the city. Direct daily services run to numerous destinations such as Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris and London. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station.