Brussels is a multicultural, cosmopolitan and welcoming city. You’ll feel right at home! The city is easily accessible by various modes of transportation, and there’s lots to visit!
AREA BRUSSELS : 162 km2
POPULATION : 11 350 000 in Belgium, with 1 187 890 in Brussels
LANGUAGES : French/Dutch/German
TIME ZONE : GMT +1 in winter and GMT +2 in summer
CURRENCY : Euro (€)
DOCUMENTS : Citizens of the European Union (except for the United Kingdom and Ireland) and Switzerland will need their identity card. Citizens of the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as those from countries outside of the European Union, will need a valid passport.
WITHDRAWING MONEY : Bank machines are available throughout the city. Money can be withdrawn using your bank card. The logos of accepted card types are displayed on the machine. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 16:00. Some are also open on Saturday morning.
GUIDED TOURS : Tours are available every day and/or every weekend. See a list of tours at visit.brussels: www.guidedtours.brussels
Arriving by train
BELGIAN RAILWAYS (SNCB/NMBS)
Information service for SNCB Europe: the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Austria. Tel: + 32 70 79 79 79 (0.30 €/min). Weekdays from 8:00 to 20:00 and weekends and holidays from 9:00 to 16:30
The Brussels South railway station is a main hub for international train travel, and offers a variety of facilities and services for travellers
THALYS: Book your train tickets to Brussels, from Paris or Amsterdam, directly via www.thalys.com
1 h 22 min from Paris – 24 trains per day
1 h 50 min from Amsterdam – 13 trains per day
EUROSTAR: www.eurostar.com 2 h 01 min from London – 11 trains per day
TGV (high-speed trains): www.b-europe.com
ICE (InterCity trains in Europe): www.b-europe.com
© René Magritte – Sabam, Brussels 2016_© Hergé – Moulinsart 2015
BRUSSELS AIRPORT : www.brusselsairport.be/en/passengers/access-parking
Direct flights are available from more than 200 destinations. The Brussels Airport is only 20 minutes (12 km) from the city centre. www.brusselsairport.be. An information desk is situated in the airport’s arrivals hall. Tel: +32 2 753 77 53 or 0900 70 000 (0.50 €/min.)
BRUSSELS AIRPORT – SOUTH CHARLEROI : www.charleroi-airport.com
ANTWERP AIRPORT (DEURNE) : www.antwerp-airport.be
Buses for the Tour de France: Parking C
Due to the difficult accessibility of the North Station, the international bus lines will be diverted. The Flixbus will stop at the South Station, the Ouibus at the Avenue du Port. Tourist buses can also let their passengers get on and off their buses in Avenue du Port.
Significant disruption should be expected in Brussels. Full details on how to get around the capital from 4 to 7 July are available on https://granddepart.mobilite-mobiliteit.brussels/en
If giving up your car isn’t an option, we recommend using one of the many park and rides:
• In north Brussels, Brussels Expo / Heysel Parking C – accessible via Ring 0, exit 7a
• Other facilities: www.parkandride.brussels
Motorways can be used free of charge. Depending on the region, signs are in French, in Dutch, or in both languages. 50 km/h in cities and 30 km/h in certain areas. 70 km/h or 90 km/h on other roads, and 120 km/h on motorways.
BICYCLE / STEP
Bike associations :
– Fietsersbond (association de cyclistes) : www.fietsersbond.be ?
– Gracq (association de cyclistes)?: www.gracq.org
– Pro Velo?: www.provelo.org/fr
– CyCLO : www.cyclo.org
– Les ateliers de la rue Voot?: www.voot.be/velo
Bicycle and e-scooter hire from various websites and apps: Villo!, Blue Bike, Bike Citizens, Billy, Uber Jump, Scooty, Lime, Tier, Dott or Flash.
BICYCLE PARKING : De Brouckère, Bourse and also at the departure and arrival Saturday 06 and Sunday 07.07.
www.stib.be Tel: 02 515 3000
www.taxi.irisnet.be Tel: 0800 94 001 – E-mail:
TOURISM IN BRUSSELS
For more information about tourism in Brussels, see: www.visit.brussels