Brussels Information

Brussels - 1,1 million inhabitants - is the capital of Belgium and, de facto, of the European Union.
During the 20th century the city has hosted various fairs and conferences, including the fifth Solvay Conference in 1927 and two world fairs, the Exposition of 1935 and Expo ’58, the reason the famous Atomium was built for.

It is hosting principal EU institutions and has become a polyglot home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.
The city has also been enriched by a host of foreign cultural influences, which means there is always something to catch your imagination.
Despite its European dimension and despite all the different languages spoken on the corner of every street, Brussels is still inspired by a very “village-like” spirit.

Brussels is well known for its waffles, its chocolate and its numerous types of beers.
The restaurant scene is a lively mix of haute cuisine, hearty Belgian favourites, and food from all over the world. You’ll find everything from tapas bars to African buffets, as well as excellent and affordable bistros.
Main attractions include the Grand Place, Europe’s most beautiful medieval square, the Atomium and the many Art Nouveau buildings. There are also some beautiful public parks and gardens, like the Parc Royal and the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
Brussels contains over 80 museums, including the Museums of Fine Arts, the BOZAR, the Royal Museums of Art and History or Cinquantenaire Museums and the recently opened Magritte Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of the works of the surrealist René Magritte.
The city is also a capital of the comic strip. Throughout the city walls are painted with large motifs of comic book characters.
Brussels offers also a lot of shopping possibilities. Belgian fashion designers have been hot for several years now.

If you like to walk in a cosmopolitan environment, eat good food and drink fine Belgian beer, in between other cultural offerings, Brussels, the beating heart of Belgium, is a place to visit.

Travelling - Accessibility / Public Transport in Brussels

Train Stations in Brussels

There are three main stations in Brussels, all interlinked:

  • Central Station
  • South Station or Midi (Eurostar to London, Thalys to Paris and TGV to France)
  • North Station (Thalys to Amsterdam)

Schuman Station is a smaller station at walking distance from the conference centre. It is located at the roundabout Schuman and serves the European institutions.

For info and reservation:

Brussels Airport

Brussels International Airport is at Zaventem, 14 km to the city centre.
Information: www.brusselsairport.be

Connection to city-centre from Brussels Airport:

  • TRAIN: the airport train station is located below the terminal. Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Central and Midi stations. (see for Brussels Airport on www.belgianrail.be)
  • BUS: the Airport Line is an 30-minute express service between the airport and the European quarter (Rond-point Schuman). From Monday to Friday until 8 pm the Airport Line lifts off with flight number 12 and halts at the most important stops. During the week after 8 pm, on Saturday, Sunday and holidays it lifts off with flight number 21 and halts at every stop.
  • TAXI: taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre is normally around 45€. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem.

Metro/Subway, bus and trams

Public transport is well organized in Brussels. The network includes metro or subway lines, pre-metro lines (trams in tunnels), trams and buses.

Fares:

STIB-MIVB SINGLE FARE

  • 1 fare (purchased outside vehicle): 2,10 euro
  • 1 fare (purchased inside vehicle): 2,50 euro

STIB-MIVB 24H

  • fare: 7,5 euro
  • unlimited number of journeys can be made from the first validation during 24 hours.

AIRPORT LINE

  • 1 journey (purchased outside vehicle): 4,5 euro
  • 1 journey (purchased inside vehicle): 6,00 euro
  • geographical area: the entire STIB network (including buslines 12 and 21 on the Bourget-Brussels Airport section) including connections during 60 minutes after the first validation.

JUMP 24H, 48H, 72H

  • during 24 hours: 7,5 euro
  • during 48 hours: 14,00 euro
  • during 72 hours: 18,00 euro
  • to purchase this ticket, you need to be in possession of a personal MOBIB or MOBIB Basic. This card costs 5 euro.
  • geographical area: the Jump area i.e.
    1. the entire STIB network (except the Bourget-Brussels Airport section) with the possibility to change lines,
    2. the urban and suburban networks of TEC and De Lijn in the Brussels-Capital Region and
    3. the SNCB rail network in the Brussels-Capital region.

5 JOURNEYS

  • fare: 8,00 euro<
  • to purchase this ticket, you need to be in possession of a personal MOBIB or MOBIB Basic. This card costs 5 euro.
  • geographical area: the Jump area (see above)

10 JOURNEYS JUMP

  • fare: 14,00 euro<
  • to purchase this ticket, you need to be in possession of a personal MOBIB or MOBIB Basic. This card costs 5 euro.
  • geographical area: the Jump area (see above)

Information: www.stib.be

Taxis

Three elements make up the price of a taxi ride: price per km (1,80 € or 2,70 € depending on whether the journey is inside or outside the 19 districts of Brussels.); fixed charge: 2,40 € (4,40 € at night); waiting time: (30,00 € per hour).

Brussels Taxi Companies:

  • Autolux : Tel. +32(0)2 5 123 123
  • Taxis Bleus : Tel. +32(0)2 268 00 00
  • Taxis Verts : Tel. +32(0)2 349 49 49
  • Taxi Capital : Tel. +32(0)2 427 77 77

You’ll be given a printed receipt at the end of the journey. Unless pre-booked, only taxis bearing the official Brussels taxi sign are licensed to take you.