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What are the alternative mobility offers offered by the Brussels region?

Buses, trams and metro

The Brussels-Capital Region urban public transport operator (STIB) runs many bus, tram and metro lines. STIB offers competitive packages and very attractive preferential rates according to age and profile (at school, 65 +, RIS or BIM status, etc.). Discover the range of STIB subscription packages.

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

Rail network

The Brussels-Capital Region is very well served by the many stations on the SNCB rail network. The SNCB also runs the S networks, which is a fast rail system without traffic jams. It covers an area 30 km wider than the capital area and includes 143 stations and 12 suburban lines.

SNCB offers free or reduced-price tickets according to conditions available and travel periods (age, large family, job seeker, discount card, sales, excursions, etc.).

Some stations provide parking spaces for cars, bicycles and shared bikes, are near car share stations or are easily accessible by public transport.

Discover the useful smart mobility services in Brussels and download the applications to your smartphone.

The Brussels-Capital Region Mobility Observatory found that Brussels residents’ cars are immobilised on average 97.9% of the time. The low utilisation of cars is adequate motivation for replacing individual vehicles by a car-sharing system, particularly when considering the requirement for public space used to park these cars.

In Brussels, car-sharing is a real alternative to individual car ownership. It is the ideal solution for people who use their car only occasionally. Several shared car operators exist:

Compare the different systems to find the one that best suits your needs.

Think of carpooling for your long journeys, your journeys to events or home-to-work. Many car-sharing platforms are available to help find travelling partners such as Carpool.be, Kowo, Commuty, BlaBlaCar… Ensure, however, that you use a car which meets the access criteria.

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

Taxis can also meet your travel needs. The Collecto shared taxi system is available every night (between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.) and the Green Taxis application allows you to save money by easily ordering a taxi and sharing it with other people.

People with reduced mobility and VIPO

Nearly a hundred taxis are equipped to transport people in wheelchairs and with reduced mobility.

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

Handycab is a taxi service specialising in transporting persons with reduced mobility, and Mobitwin is intended for anyone who has difficulty getting around.

Other on-demand services are operated by a number of institutions (social services, mutual insurance companies, community centres, non-profit associations, etc.), the list of which can be found on the Aidants Proches Bruxelles caregiver platform.

Taxi vouchers

Under certain conditions, taxi vouchers with a face value of €5 are provided by the Brussels Region. These enable you to travel by taxi within the Brussels-Capital Region or start your journey from the region. On this page you'll find where to get them.

In order to be able to benefit from universal regional taxi vouchers, you must reside in the Brussels-Capital Region and satisfy the following conditions:

  • be disabled (+9 points, which is +66%) + certificate for inability to use public transport + WDRO (widows, the disabled, the retired and/or orphans) income.
  • be aged over 75 + certificate for inability to use public transport + WDRO (widows, the disabled, the retired and/or orphans) income.

Transit car parks

Transit car parks ‘Park and Ride’ (P+R) are a solution that makes it easy to park your car or bicycle at an affordable price in a secure environment. Public transport can be easily accessed from the P+R (metro, tram, bus or train) allowing you to get quickly to the centre of Brussels. All railway stations in Belgium have a P+R car park and a car park on the outskirts of Brussels. Among these, the Ceria-Coovi, Kraainem, Lennik and Stalle car parks are accessible to vehicles that do not meet the LEZ access criteria.

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For each of these car parks:


The Céria-Coovi car park:

  • 1320 places for cars, of which 150 are reserved for shared cars and 34 for persons with reduced mobility (PRM)
  • Entrance via Josse Leemans Avenue 3–1070 Anderlecht.
  • Metro Line 5 (Erasmus – Herrmann-Debroux)
  • STIB buses 75 and 98.
LEZ In practice stalle parking
 

The Stalle car park:

  • With free access
  • 380 places for cars
  • At the intersection of 292 rue de Stalle and 161 rue de l’Etoile, 1180 Uccle.
  • Tram numbers 4, 32, 82 and 97
  • STIB bus N12 and 98
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The Lennik-Erasme car park

  • Part of the car park is open access, another section is subject to a fee.
  • 675 parking spaces, 175 of which are reserved for Park and Ride (P+R) subscribers.
  • Entrance via route de Lennik 806, 1070 Anderlecht.
  • Metro connection line 5 Erasme - Herrmann-Debroux.
LEZ In practice kraainem parking
 

The Kraainem car park:

  • Reserved for subscribers only
  • Access conditions to be respected
  • 193 spaces for cars, including 5 reserved for persons with reduced mobility (PMR)
  • Entrance via Avenue de Wezembeek 185, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
  • Metro Line 1 (Stockel - West Station)
  • STIB buses 76, 77 and 79.

For more information on car parks in Brussels

1. Allowances for professionals

Your commercial vehicle may soon no longer be usable in the Brussels-Capital Region ? A replacement allowance is available for commercial vehicles which pollute.

In the coming weeks, the LEZ subsidy will be given a sizeable boost. The amounts of the subsidy are set to be increased and its administrative procedures made more flexible and simpler. This will encourage the acquisition of commercial vehicles with no direct exhaust pipe emissions, as well as charging points for electric vans. So don't hesitate to come back to this page before the end of November to consult all the practical information on how to benefit from the support and to submit your applications! 

New: the Cairgo Bike Grant

Alternative, non-polluting and economical, the cargo bike (or bike trailer) is an innovative utility vehicle for companies. Would you like to do your bit to improve air quality in the capital and use this vehicle to visit customers or make deliveries? As part of the Cairgo Bike project, micro-, small and medium-sized companies located in the Brussels-Capital Region that wish to purchase a cargo bike or bike trailer can benefit from the Cairgo Bike purchasing grant.

Under certain conditions, you can receive up to €4,000 for the purchase of a cargo bike or bike trailer. Each company can apply for a maximum of €12,000 per calendar year and a cumulative support of €20,000 over the period of the Cairgo Bike project, which ends on 30 June 2023.

See the eligibility conditions and apply for your Cairgo Bike grant

Contact

Brussels Economy and Employment - Business Assistance Department
 

Apply for your allowance

2. Individuals – The Bruxell’Air allowance

Do you live in Brussels and are you planning to get rid of your car and move towards more sustainable modes of transport? In exchange for your number plate being deregistered, take advantage of the Bruxell'air premium!

The Bruxell'Air premium is a bonus for residents of the Brussels-Capital Region who deregister their car. In exchange, they can benefit from different mobility alternatives.

More information : www.primebruxellair.brussels 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find here the answers to the most asked questions by people impacted by LEZ. If you do not find the answers, do not hesitate to contact us directly!

What should I do with my old vehicle?

If your vehicle does not meet the Low Emission Zone access criteria, you have a number of options:

  • Destroy your vehicle in an approved centre: if you decide to replace your old vehicle, we encourage you to destroy the old one in an approved centre.
  • Resell the vehicle second-hand (but not on the Brussels market).

I plan to buy a used vehicle. How can I be sure that I can drive in the LEZ?

You will need the vehicle's category, fuel type and Euro standard (from the vehicle registration document) to determine if the used vehicle can enter the LEZ. If the Euro standard is not available, the date of the vehicle's first registration may also be used.

Are you buying a used vehicle or light van in Belgium? The seller is legally required to give you a Car-Pass. The Car-Pass shows the odometer reading on different dates, the Euro standard and the CO2 emissions.
 

Check this information via the simulator to see if and until when the vehicle can enter the LEZ.

The most stringent conditions are imposed on diesel vehicles.

I’m going to buy a new vehicle. How can I be sure that I can drive in the LEZ?

New cars are in principle Euro 6 compliant and therefore may enter the LEZ. As a general rule, it is advisable to buy vehicles which pollute the least such as electric, natural gas, hydrogen or even petrol vehicles. Diesel vehicles emit more pollutants on average than petrol vehicles (nitrogen oxides in particular).

For example, a Euro 3 petrol vehicle can be operated until 2025. The most stringent conditions are imposed on diesel vehicles. Do not hesitate to ask your dealer for advice on the best choice for your budget, or use the simulator to find out the date until which the vehicle will be able to operate within the LEZ.

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 on the road, the fewer the number of cars, and the safer it is to cycle in the city. In recent years, Brussels has considerably expanded its cycling network, which now has 218 kilometres of bicycle lanes.

Need help to get on the saddle? Bike for Brussels brings together all the cycling initiatives in the region such as Gracq for advice, Brussels Mobility for safety and parking, Cyclo for repair workshops. The site includes some useful links including a bike journey planner to help you choose the fastest or most relaxed itinerary.

No bicycle?

Several shared bicycle schemes exist in Brussels:

  • The main ones, Villo! available at more than 360 stations,
  • The BlueBikes at the main Brussels train stations,
  • Billy or JUMP self-service electric bicycles,
  • Electronic scooter operators (Lime, Dott, Circ…),
  • Bicycles CyCLO or Swapfiets to rent a bicycle over the medium or long term.

​​The Remorquable non-profit organisation allows you to borrow different types of bicycle trailers to transport goods. Would you like to buy a bicycle? Choose durable and quality materials, and think about second hand options. Some shops allow customers to test bicycles for a certain period before purchase. Some Brussels communities offer local grants for the purchase, security and maintenance of bicycles. More info

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, or if riding a bicycle is a distant memory, Pro Velo organises cycling lessons for adult beginners.

The mobility coach guides you through the mobility options

​​Is your vehicle affected by LEZ (Low Emission Zone) access criteria? Would you like to give up your own car and change the way you move around the city? Perhaps you think that a car is indispensable for your daily journeys, or that your mobility constraints make it impossible to use alternatives such as bicycles, public transport, pooled vehicles, park and ride facilities or taxis, etc.?

But where do you start if you are not familiar with the alternative mobility options available in Brussels? The mobility coach is here to explain the various options open to you. Visit this page to discover the different free services that will help you find the solution best suited to your needs!

  • ​Coaching session

Every trip, every route, every individual profile is different. This is why we now offer personalised and tailor-made coaching sessions.

With the coaching sessions, you can discuss your specific situation with a mobility expert, free of charge and from the comfort of your own home, via a short virtual session. What are your mobility constraints and which solution best suits your needs? Our coach will advise you on:
​​​- The added value of alternative modes of transport
- New routes you may not be familiar with
- The cost of pooled mobility
- The available bonuses and training
- The use of applications and services

Book your free virtual coaching session now!

  • ​Multimodal Guide

Do you feel a bit lost given the sheer number of mobility services on offer in Brussels? This guide gives you a complete and concise overview of all the options. How do you access the service? How much does it cost and for what purposes is it designed? Find all the answers to these questions in this multimodal guide, which can be viewed and downloaded free of charge! 

Browse the multimodal guide

  • ​Mobility Visit

​​Mobility Visits are discovery tours focusing on mobility. Their aim is to help people understand changes in transport options and try out the new local mobility services in Brussels in a practical way.

In two and a half hours, you will discover and test all the means of transport that exist around you as part of a small group and in a practical way. Accompanied by a real specialist, you will first be introduced to current mobility trends.

You will then have the opportunity to get to the heart of the matter by testing electric scooters and bicycles (if you wish to do so), as well as shared services if they are available in the neighbourhood. Also discover the complementarity of the S network trains with STIB transportation, as well as the flexibility of car sharing, taxi services, or the various accompanying solutions for persons with reduced mobility. Finally, you'll learn how to juggle these different services with specialized navigation applications.

Do you still have specific questions about the different ways to get around Brussels? Our experts are at your disposal to answer your questions throughout the course. Mobility Visits are completely free of charge.

Next dates :

Date

Organisme partenaire

Public cible

Lieu

Horaire

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25 août

Labolobo

Seniors impactés par la LEZ

Place Cardinal Mercier, 1090 Jette

15h00-17h00

Inscription FR

Inscription NL

31 août

Buurpensionen

Seniors impactés par la LEZ

Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

14h00 - 16h00

Inscription FR

Inscription NL

4 sept

Labolobo

Seniors impactés par la LEZ

Place Cardinal Mercier, 1090 Jette

09h30 - 11h30

Inscription FR

Inscription NL

1 oct

Commune de Schaerbeek/Mobitwin

Seniors impactés par la LEZ

Place Princesse Elisabeth 5, 1030 Schaerbeek

09h30 - 11h30

Inscription FR

Inscription NL

14 oct

Fédération indépendante des seniors

Seniors impactés par la LEZ

Boulevard Baudouin 18, 1000 Bruxelles

14h30 - 16h30

Inscription FR

Inscription NL

The first Mobility Visits were organised in September 2020. Click here for participant feedback

If you have any questions about the visits: mobilitycoach@environnement.brussels