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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, UZ and Stalle car parks are accessible to vehicles that do not meet the LEZ access criteria.


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.
 

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

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.
 

The Kraainem car park:

  • Reserved for subscribers only
  • 193 spaces for cars, including 5 reserved for persons with reduced mobility (PMR)
  • Entrance via Avenue de Wezembeek 185, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
  • Access routes to the Kraainem car park: Avenue de Wezembeek (between the regional boundary and the entrances and exits of the car park), Avenue Emmanuel Mounier (between Avenue de Wezembeek and Avenue Palestre), Boulevard de la Woluwe (between the regional boundary and Avenue Hippocrate), Avenue Hippocrate and Avenue Palestre.
  • Metro Line 1 (Stockel - West Station)
  • STIB buses 76, 77 and 79.

The UZ Brussel car park (Jette)

From September 2022, a 50-space P+R will open on the site of the UZ VUB in the north of Brussels. No information about rates is available to date.

The car park is accessible via the Avenue de l'Arbre Ballon and the roundabout on the Avenue du Laerbeek leading towards the Avenue de l'Arbre Ballon.

    For more information on car parks in Brussels

    1. Allowances for professionals

    LEZ bonus for professionals: replace your van and install an electrical point

    Will your commercial vehicle soon no longer be allowed to drive in the Brussels-Capital Region's Low Emission Zone (LEZ)? Take advantage of the LEZ bonus from Brussels Economy and Employment to replace it!

    The self-employed, micro, small and medium-sized businesses operating in Brussels can benefit from a grant of up to €15,000 for the purchase or lease of a new utility vehicle to replace one that can no longer be driven in the Region. The premium can also cover the purchase and installation of a charging point.

    More information on the LEZ bonus and how to apply for it

    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. 

    See the eligibility conditions and apply for your Cairgo Bike grant

    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.

    For a reasonable price, you can rent all-electric cargo bikes and long tail tandems from the non-profit association Monkey Donkey. ​​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.

    Transport children by bike 

    There are many solutions available to transport one or more children by bike in complete safety. Bike seat, trailer, cargo bike, long tail, FollowMe... Discover on this site the devices that exist and some good advice to make your choice.

    Good to know: there are portable and foldable car seats that meet European safety standards for children from 9 kg upwards. Find out more!

    The mobility coach guides you through the mobility options

    ​​Is your vehicle affected by LEZ (Low Emission Zone) access criteria?

    Are you interested in the Bruxell’Air bonus, but don't know which mobility services to choose from the options available to you or how best to use your budget?

    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 help you!

    Contact

    The Mobility Coach is here to answer your questions by email: mobilitycoach@environnement.brussels

    • ​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 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. Mobility Visits are completely free of charge.

    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.

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