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AU Brussels | Getting Around

Using the train, tram, bus and metro, you can get to anywhere you would like in Belgium!

Getting Around Brussels

A silver and a pink tram on the streets of the city

Public transportation in the Region of Brussels is provided by the STIB (Société de Transportation Intercommunaux de Bruxelles), and the STIB operates the metro, tram and buses. The metro is a subway, and it is clean and efficient. Metro stops are clearly marked on the map and stations are identified above ground by a white M on a blue background. Metro station names are in both French and Flemish. Although fast to use, the metro does not cover the whole city. But trams and buses do. A tram is an electrified car that runs on rails above the ground. The tram's number and final destination are shown on the front of the vehicle. Buses serve the area of Brussels that the trams and metro do not. Their number and final destination are likewise shown on the front of the vehicle.

A local city bus

STIB tickets to ride the metro, trams, and buses are interchangeable, meaning that one ticket will allow you to ride all three without obtaining any transfer tickets or any other special formalities. The tickets should be purchased in advance from the STIB by buying a MOBIB card. Monthly STIB passes are available and are usually the most economical form of riding the metro, trams and buses for students. Information about the current price of monthly passes and other tickets can be found on the STIB’s web. In the upper right-hand corner of the web site, click EN for English. (If you are adventurous you can use it in French by clicking FR and Dutch by clicking NL.)

Getting Around Belgium

For traveling to other cities in Belgium, the train is the best method to use. If you are under 26 years old, you can buy a Go Pass that allows you to travel anywhere in Belgium for a flat price of €5. You can find information about destinations, timetables, other ticket options etc. by visiting the Belgian Railways website. (If you are adventurous you can use it in French by clicking FR and Dutch by clicking NL.)

In those places that are not served by the train, regional bus services will get you where you need to go. In Wallonia, the regional bus service is known as the TEC, and information about tickets, destinations, and timetables can be found only in French only.  In Flanders, the service is provided by De Lijn, and information can be found in English by clicking on EN in the upper right-hand corner of their website.

The Alma Metro Stop across from the AU Brussels center
Exterior of the Alma Metro Stop, where the AU Brussels Center is located