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Alternatives

Which alternative mobility options will the Brussels Region make available?

By walking, cycling and using public transport, it is possible to travel extensively in and around Brussels.

Cycling 

The Brussels Region's bicycle network is constantly expanding, making it easier to cycle its streets. Discover the available itineraries on the cycling map of the region and get advice for switching to this means of transport.

You don't have a bike?

The Brussels Region is equipped with a shared bike network (Villo!). "BlueBikes" are also available at Brussels' main train stations.

You can also test an electric bicycle for 4 months with ProVelo and buy it if you are convinced. More info on Pack4bike.

Do you feel like cycling around Brussels but don't know how or where to start?

Sign up for BikeExperience and find a coach who will accompany you on your daily rides and share his or her tips and tricks with you.

And if you don't know how to ride a bike or if years have passed since you last used one, Pro Velo organises cycling lessons for adult beginners.

Public transport 

The Brussels Region urban public transport service (STIB) operates many bus, tram, and metro lines. STIB also offers very attractive pricing plans depending on your age and profile, such as:

Type of plan

Age and conditions

Annual price

 

  • Under 6 years old
  • (max. 4 children under 6 per adult)

Free

J Plan

  • From 6 to 11 years old

Free

(requires a Mobib card - €5)

Pupil/Student Plan

  • From 12 to 24 years old
  • day and evening education
  • students over 18 years old must provide a school certificate

Only STIB network:

  • €50 for the 1st child;
  • €50 for the 2nd child.
  • Free for all additional children

STIB, DE LIJN, TEC, and SNCB networks, only within the Brussels Region:

  • €90 for the 1st child,
  • €90 for the 2nd child
  • €40 for all additional children

BIM Plan

  • Have BIM (bénéficiaire d'intervention majorée) status recognised by mutual benefit societies, military veterans or equivalent

Under 64 years old: €85

65+ years old: free

S Plan

  • No age limit
  • live in the Brussels Region
  • be assisted by a Brussels CPAS (public social welfare centre) and receive the basic minimum living allowance or equivalent

Free

65+ Plan

  • Be 65 or older

€60

STIB Plan

  • No eligibility requirement

€499

MTB Plan (i.e. STIB, DE LIJN, TEC, and SNCB networks, only within the Brussels Region)

  • No eligibility requirement

€583

 

You can find information on all the different STIB plans here.

SNCB also provides numerous transport solutions in the Brussels Region via its rail network, with a high number of train stations located in the region. SNCB's S network (suburban train service) is also available.

In addition, SNCB offers free or reduced-fare tickets for specific conditions or travel periods (age, large families, job seekers, BIM status, sales, field trips, etc.). You can find information on all the different ticket prices here.

The Walloon public transport service (TEC) and its Flemish counterpart (DE LIJN) also have bus lines to Brussels, as well as special pricing depending on age and/or socio-economic conditions.

Taxis and car sharing 

Taxis are also available to cover your transport needs. "Collecto", a taxi sharing system, is also available every night (from 11pm to 6am) and offers attractive prices. The "Splyt" app by Taxis Verts also allows you to share your taxi with other customers and reduce the cost of the ride.

Lastly, another alternative to owning a car is proposed by several car sharing services (Cambio, ZenCAR, Ubeeqo, DriveNow, ZipCar) or shared moped services (Scooty).

Some of these services use permanent stations, while others prefer "free-floating" solutions in which cars can be picked up and dropped off anywhere (as long as it complies with the rules of the service). You can compare the different systems to find out which one corresponds best to your specific needs.

Some of these services also have plans for young drivers or authorise young drivers who have had their driving licence for more than a year to rent a vehicle (subject to certain conditions/requirements).

CarAmigo is an initiative allowing car sharing between individuals.

You may also consider carpooling to enter and travel around the Brussels region. Always make sure you share a car that meets the LEZ access criteria. There are various carpool  platforms to find sharing partners: www.carpool.be; www.commuty.net ; www.karzoo.be; www.vap-vap.be


What can I do with my old vehicle?

If your vehicle does not meet the access criteria for the low-emission zone, you have various options:

  • Scrap the vehicle at an approved centre: if you decide to replace your old vehicle, we encourage you to scrap it at an approved centre. By scrapping the old vehicle and not registering another vehicle for at least a year, you may receive the Bruxell’Air grant.
  • Sell the vehicle (but not on the second hand market in Brussels).

Are there any grants for purchasing a new vehicle ?

For private individuals: The Region does not award any grants for the purchase of vehicles.  

However, in order to encourage more sustainable mobility, there is the Bruxell’Air grant for when you intend to scrap your licence plate. The principle is simple:

If you hand in your license plate and dispose of your car, you will receive, during one year:

  • either an annual subscription to public transport and Cambio Start*
  • or an annual subscription to Cambio Start* and a bicycle grant (of maximum €505).

If in addition to handing in your license plate, you also have your vehicle destroyed (at an accredited centre for a vehicle which was registered before January 1st 2000), you will receive, during two years:

  • either an annual subscription to public transport and Cambio Start* Both can be extended once.
  • or an annual subscription to public transport, an annual subscription to Cambio Start*, which can be extended once, and a cycle grant. 
  • or an annual subscription to Cambio Start*, which can be extended once, and a dubble bicycle grant. 

All terms and conditions can be found on the website: www.brusselair-premie.be

 

For professionals: Under certain conditions, the Region awards investment grants for the purchase of bicycles, electrically-powered vehicles (utility and road vehicles), hybrid vehicles, or fuel cell electric vehicles. This likewise applies to the accompanying facilities. All information regarding this grant can be found on this site.