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Mobility in Brussels

Which alternative mobility options will the Brussels Region make available?

There are many ways of getting to Brussels and moving about in the city, such as walking, cycling and micromobility, public transport, carsharing or even taxis.

Biking

Not only is it a pleasant way of getting around, biking in Brussels is good for your health, your wallet and the planet. The more cyclists there are, the fewer cars, and the safer it is to ride in the city. In recent years, Brussels has considerably expanded its cycling network, which now has 218 kilometres of bike lanes.

Need help to get on the saddle? Bike for Brussels brings together all the cycling initiatives of the Region: advice, security, repairs, parking spaces... You will find all the necessary links, as well as a biking trip planner that allows you to choose the fastest or most comfortable route.

No bike?

Several shared bicycle systems are up and running in Brussels: the essential ones Villo! in more than 360 stations, the BlueBike at the main train stations in Brussels, Billy electric bicycles or JUMP with their fleet of freely available bikes, as well as several electric scooter operators (Lime, Dott, Circ...). Renting a bike on a long or medium term basis is also possible via CyCLO or Swapfiets.

Would you like to buy your own bike? Choose sustainable and quality materials, and think about second hand options. Some shops allow bicycles to be tested for a while before purchase. Thanks to Pack4bike by ProVelo, for example, you can test an electric bike for 4 months. 

Not very comfortable on the road?

Sign up for the BikeExperience: a coach will accompany you on your daily journeys and share tips and tricks with you. And if you don't know how to ride a bike, or if riding a bike is a distant memory to you, Pro Velo organizes cycling lessons for adult beginners.

Public transport 

The urban public transport operator of the Brussels Region (STIB) runs many bus, tram and metro lines. STIB offers various competitive rate packages, as well as very attractive preferential rates according to your age and profile (school, 65 +, social integration income, etc.). All information on the different STIB subscription packages can be found here.

The Brussels Region is also very well served by the railway network of the SNCB with a multitude of train stations on its territory. We should also mention the SNCB’s S network, which is fast and not subject to traffic jams: in addition to the capital, this network covers an area of about 30 km around it, and includes 143 stations and 12 suburban lines.

SNCB offers free or reduced-price tickets according to certain conditions or travel periods (age, large family, job seeker, increased intervention, sales, excursions, etc.). All the information on tickets is available here.

Several SNCB stations provide parking spaces (for cars and bicycles), shared bicycles (Bluebike), are located near a carsharing station or are easily accessible by public transport.

The Walloon (TEC) and Flemish (De Lijn) public transport operators also have lines to Brussels and subscriptions at preferential rates according to age and/or socio-economic characteristics.

Carsharing 

Did you know that on average, a Brussels resident's car is parked for 97.9% of the time? (Source: Mobility Observatory of the Brussels Capital Region) In addition to raising the question of public space occupied by the parking of these cars, this figure calls for the replacement of individual cars by a carsharing system.

In Brussels, carsharing is a real alternative to individual car ownership, and the ideal solution for those who only need a car every now and then. There are several carsharing operators (Cambio and ZenCAR are station-based, while DriveNow and  Poppy offer a freefloating system, Cozycar, CarAmigo, Wibee and Drivy provide cars shared between individuals) or shared electric scooters (Scooty and Felyx). Compare the different systems to find the one that suits your needs best. 

For your long trips, your journeys to a particular event or your home-to-work travels, also think of carpooling. There are many carpooling platforms to find your partner for the road: Carpool.be, Kowo, Commuty, BlaBlaCar... Be sure to carpool with a vehicle that meets the access criteria.

Are you planning to sell your private car? Take advantage of the Bruxell'air bonus (Cambio subscription, STIB and/or bicycle bonus) !

Taxis

Taxis can also meet your travel needs. The shared taxi system "Collecto ” is available every day at night (between 11pm and 6am). You can also look up the ‘Taxi Verts’ app "Splyt ” [Green Taxis], which allows you to share your taxi with other people and, therefore, save money.

For people with reduced mobility, there are nearly a hundred taxis equipped to transport people in wheelchairs. To access all the information about this service, click here.

What’s more, under certain conditions, you can also take advantage of the Region's taxi vouchers, which can be obtained from your local authority. These vouchers are earmarked for seniors with WDRO income or for people with disabilities with WDRO income. All information on these taxi vouchers is available here.

Finally, the TaxiBus service run by the STIB offers a door-to-door transport service, provided on request and exclusively for disabled people.

 

Discover all the mobility operators in Brussels and download the applications directly onto your smartphone by visiting the Brussels Mobility website.