Brussels metro is the most modern on the continent. Construction began in 1970 and the first line opened in 1976.
The Brussels metro is operated by the STIB, the Intercommunal Transport Company of Brussels.Currently, the subway system is composed of 6 different lines but actually they are four metro lines and two light rail (or trams), with 56 kms of tracks and 69 stops (including all subway and light rail).
In the most central part of Brussels all lines go in pairs, ie, the same route is made by two different lines, so in the practice it is as if actually there are only three lines.
The subway schedule is: From 05:30 a.m to 24:00. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the subway begins operating at 06:00 a.m in the morning. Some lines such as 3 and 4 begin to operate daily at 05:00 am.
The frequency is between 6 to 10 minutes during the day. Until 06:00 a.m and after 23:00 p.m frequency decreases to 20 minutes. Because as mentioned, the route of the lines is repeated the frequencies are reduced by half.
All tickets we discussed here are valid for the metro, buses and trams.
Let´s see some fares:
Maximum 4 children per adult travel for free. Every child under six can travel for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Each additional child pays for the journey.
Children aged 6-11 can travel for free at any time on the entire STIB network (except between NATO-Brussels Airport of lines 12 and 21) with the J-ticket. You only pay a refundable deposit of 5 euros.
Brussels Airport (Brussels International Airport) is in Zaventen, 14 kilometers from the city of Brussels.
To move from the Zaventem airport to the center of Brussels, the best option is to do it by train.
- Trains: From the airport train station (one level below the terminal) trains run every 10 minutes to Brussels Nord station, Brussels Midi and Brussels Sud. The first train leaves at 06:00 and the last one does at 00:00. The journey lasts between 15-20 minutes, depending on which station we head to. If we go to the center of Brussels the best is to go directly to Gare du Midi.
-Buses: Buses depart from the parking place in front of the Terminal (Level 0). They only stop in Brussels central station, Gare du Midi. From this station you can take the metro, tram or urban bus.They do not have intermediate stops and leave every 30 minutes.
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