Domestic Transportation in Belgium

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Brussels has three Metro lines. You can buy travel cards for 1 or 5 days which are cheaper than paying for individual journeys. The main bus network is STIB/MIVB. You can buy a ticket for bus, metro and train journeys in the city with the same ticket. For details see the STIB website. In Antwerp, in addition to buses, there are trams.

Taxis are to be found near railway stations, or you can phone them or hail them in the street. They are quite expensive. There is a standard charge before you even start driving, then a specific rate per kilometer.

For further information about transport in Brussels, see the Easy Expat website; for Antwerp, see the Transport and Travel section on the University of Antwerp website.

Maps of Urban Networks
Brussels Metro map
Brussels Transport network maps
Maps of Belgian cities
Urban Transport Agencies
Public transport in Brussels
Find an Itinerary
Itineraries in Brussels
Taxi Companies
Brussels taxis

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Brussels -Zaventem (BRU) 11 km / 7 miles EUR 30-40 / 20-30 min Available EUR 2.80 Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The Belgian rail network was the first to be built on mainland Europe and is the densest in the world. Of course, density is far from uniform across the country because the recent trend has been to drop unprofitable lines. Efforts are generally being poured into large international routes, either completely electrified or in the process of being electrified.

The high-speed train network will comprise a total of 300 km of line, half of which will be newly converted to take speeds of up to 300 km/h.

There are no scheduled domestic flights in Belgium.

Rail Companies


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Brussels Airlines Major/low cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

Belgium has a highly developed motorway network -the densest in the world. High-capacity motorways are centred around Brussels or cut across the country, such as the Wallonia motorway. The motorways are supported by a network of expressways.

Most of the motorways are part of European routes. They facilitate access to neighbouring countries and generally make it possible to travel easily from one town to another or to cross a region.

The toll-free highways are generally lit at night. A car insurance is compulsory. Road signs are written in Dutch in the Flemish part of the country and in French in the Walloon region. Be careful of the right of way. Trucks: be careful of the concentration of trucks in the border zone on Sunday evenings and especially in bad weather conditions, as well as in the hours preceding the time when trucks are not allowed to drive over the weekend in the countries surrounding Belgium (10.00 pm). It is advisable to have some Euros in case you need to pay a fine. If unable to pay immediately, vehicles that are registered abroad may be immobilised.

Driver's License
In Belgium, you need one or other of these licenses: - Belgian driver's license ; - European driver's license ; - Recognised country driver's license (check with your embassy in the country) ; - International driver's license.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
To rent a car, you must be at least 23 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

It is advisable to carry your driver's license, insurance certificate and vehicle registration, along with your passport.

Rental Agencies
Casual Car Rental
Brussels Car Rental information
Tolls or Taxes
There are no Toll charges on Belgium's highways. There is a toll for the use of Antwerp's Liefkenshoek Tunnel.
Road Maps
Information sur les autoroutes
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
Official road security entity
Parking Facilities
Parking restrictions are clearly marked. Do not park where tram or rail lines cross parts of the road. Most cities have parking meters along the street. In many Belgian cities a "blue zone" parking system is in operation.You will need to procure a cardboard clock from a gas station, tobacco shop or police station. Parking in this zone is usually valid for 3 hours.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
16 with adult or 18 alone
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
On Motorway: 120kph/74mph ; in Towns: 50kph/31mph ; on Major roads: 90kph/56mph.
Safety Belts
In Belgium, seatbelts are compulsory front and rear. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 3. Children under twelve years of age must travel in the rear.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
National Roads Organizations
Ministry of Transport (in French and Dutch)
Belgian Road Safety Institute (in French and Dutch)
VAB, Automobile Club
Touring, Automobile Club

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