Belgium – Transport.

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It’s worth noting that Belgium has a compact size, making it relatively easy to travel between different destinations. Public transport provides a reliable and efficient way to explore the country, whether you’re visiting major cities, historical sites, or picturesque towns.

Smart Mobility Planner: On the app, door-to-door routeplanner for the whole country, covering all forms of public transport (train, tram, bus, metro).

Belgiantrain.be: Use the official journey planner operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium to find train itineraries and prices.

De Lijn operates bus and tram services throughout Flanders, while the Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (SRWT/Tec) operates services in Wallonia. Brussels has its own public transport company called STIB/MIVB, which operates buses, trams, and the metro within the city.

In Belgium, you can purchase tickets at train stations, bus/tram stops, or online through the respective transport operators’ websites.

Also сheck оut мore info: Get around Brussels (visit.brussels) • Travelling to, in and around Flanders (visitflanders.com) • Public Transport (belgium.be)

 

Buses.

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  • De Lijn operates bus and tram services in Flanders, covering cities like Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and more.
  • TEC operates bus services in Wallonia, covering cities like Liège, Charleroi, Namur, and others.

Bus tickets can be purchased directly from the driver upon boarding the bus. It is recommended to have the exact change ready. Some buses also accept contactless payment methods. Alternatively, you can consider purchasing a multi-journey ticket or a day pass, which offers unlimited travel within a specific area or duration.

In some regions, there are integrated ticketing systems that allow you to use a single ticket for multiple modes of public transport (bus, tram, metro) within a specific area or region.

Trains.

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Belgian National Railways (NMBS/SNCB) operates the train services throughout Belgium, connecting major cities, towns, and even international destinations.

Train tickets can be purchased at train stations from ticket counters or automated machines. You can choose between single journey tickets or consider rail passes, such as the “Go Pass” for young travelers (26 years and under) or the “Rail Pass” for adults, which offer a fixed number of journeys within a specific period.

The Thalys train offers connections to Paris, Amsterdam, and Cologne, while the Eurostar connects Brussels to London.

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Airports.

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There is a train running every 15 minutes to Brussels centre taking 25 minutes, some of them continuing to Ghent, Mons, Nivelles, and West Flanders and bus lines number 12 and 21 every 20 to 30 minutes to Place Luxembourg (European Parliament district). The bus stops at NATO and Schuman (for the EU institutions) on its way to the centre. There are also two trains per hour to Leuven, taking 13 minutes.

Waterways.

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The main coastal ferry service is operated by Westerschelde Ferry, linking the towns of Breskens (in the Netherlands, map) and Vlissingen (in Belgium).

Cities like Bruges and Ghent provide canal tours, allowing you to explore their picturesque waterways and historic sites from a unique perspective. Boat tours are also available on the River Scheldt in Antwerp and the River Meuse in Namur, offering scenic views and a different way to experience these cities.

In certain areas, river shuttles or water taxis operate to transport passengers along rivers and canals. For example, in Ghent, there is a water tram service (Waterlijn) that operates between different stops along the River Leie and the canals, providing a convenient and scenic way to travel within the city.

Car.

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Belgium Driving Guide – This guide not only tells you what the best itineraries in Belgium are, but it also means you what you need to know about driving in Belgium from the dos and don’ts on Belgian roads.

To drive in Belgium, you must have a valid driver’s license from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Make sure to carry your license and IDP with you while driving.

There are several international and local car rental companies operating in Belgium, including major brands such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt.