Getting Around Brussels
The modern and well-organised public transport system of
Brussels consists of the metro, trams and buses. The network is
user-friendly with route diagrams and timetables posted at most
stops, and there are free maps available from the tourist office.
Trams provide an ideal way to get around and are faster than buses,
especially when they travel underground in the city centre to
. Both tram and bus stops are by request only.
There is a separate system of local trains linking the inner city
to the outskirts, although they are of minimal use to tourists,
except for getting to and from the airport. Tickets are valid for
any form of public transport except local trains, and once
validated can be used for multiple transfers within an hour.
Tickets are fairly cheap; strips of five or ten tickets or day
passes are also available. Children below 12 years ride free. Taxis
can be hailed from any of the taxi stands around the city; they are
metered and expensive, and taxes and tips are included in the
price. The city is relatively easy to negotiate by car, though
renting a vehicle is unnecessary. The towns of Bruges and Antwerp
are a short train or car journey from Brussels; they are fairly
compact and once there it is easy to get around on foot.