Public Transport in Flanders
Belgium has an extensive public transport network. Leaving the car at home for sightseeing, commuting, seeing friends, vacationing,…? This information will definitely help you to prepare your trip.
In Belgium, transport by bus is organised at a regional level. De Lijn is responsible for the bus network in Flanders, while STIB runs buses on the territory of Brussels. TEC is responsible for bus traffic in Wallonia. Buying a ticket is possible via the mobile app, SMS, at the stations, kiosks or even on the bus itself. A tip for people traveling from and to Limburg with the bus, don’t miss the last bus home. Routes in more rural areas as Limburg often finish early, so check timetables before traveling.
Traveling by train in Belgium is a great way to get from city to city. All public trains are operated by NMBS (in Dutch) or SNCB (in French). Tickets can be bought via the website, mobile app or at the ticket vending machines and ticket offices at the station. Make sure you get a ticket before boarding, to avoid paying an extra fee for buying on board. International trains to Amsterdam, Paris and London for example, depart from the South Station of Brussels.
No inspiration for a day trip? On the website of the NMBS, excursion ideas to nature and animal parks, culture and science, adventure,… can be found.
Traveling by train also gives the opportunity to admire some of the world’s most stunning architecture. Worth checking out is the impressive railway station of Antwerpen Central, in 2009 elected as the world’s fourth greatest train station. A more modern architecture can be found in the railway station of Luik-Guillemins.
Tram – metro
Taking the tram is possible in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and the Belgian coast. Tram traffic is part of De Lijn in Flanders and TEC in Wallonia.
When you spot a metro station in Belgium, it means one thing: you are visiting Brussels. The Brussels metro is operated by STIB/MIVB. Single and multi-trip tickets are available, and can also be used on other transport modes within the city.