Public transport is the best way to get to Brussels and to get to the city once you are there. The network of public transport in Brussels is quite extensive and will be able to get from one place to another using the metro, tram or bus, at least during the day from about 6am to 11pm. Most of the public transportation is operated by the STIB (Société des Transports intercommunaux bruxellois).
Trams provide an ideal way to travel and are faster than buses, especially when traveling underground in the downtown to become the Premetro. Both tram and bus stops are by request only. The Brussels Metro system is one of the most convenient and fastest way to travel to major destinations in the city center. There are 4 metro lines and two tram lines that service the center of Brussels. Metros run frequently, every 3 minutes in peak, every 10 minutes after 8 pm, every 5 minutes on weekends.
There is GO buy tickets at machines in subway stations. Validate your tickets in machines before getting on the subway or you may be fined. The doors of metro trains and trams are not automatically opened so be sure to pull the leaver or press the button on the door before you miss your stop.
Trams are similar to bus and subway unless they are a bit slower than the metro and a little more frequent than the bus. The tram lines run along the street and sometimes in the same line as the cars because there is not plenty of space in some narrow streets. So be careful with the cars and the trams while crossing the street. The arrival time, departure time, and stops are shown on each tram stop.
There is a separate system of local trains linking the city center on the outskirts, although they are of minimal use to tourists, except for getting to and from the airport.
The three main train stations of Brussels will take you around the country and the regional areas of Brussels.
- Brussels Nord –Station is located in north of Brussels. Many trains pass through here, but the main starting points are the Brussels Central and Brussels Midi. There is no connection in Brussels Nord metro to other parts of the city, but there are trams (Line 3 and Line 4), connecting with other subway lines that will takes you to downtown.
- Brussels Central –is the center of activity for the traveler. Being in the center of the city, which is close to many hostels, tourist attractions and the Grand Place. You will be able to leave here and go to all the other cities of Belgium with intercity trains.
- Brussels Midi –The most active of all stations in Brussels is the Brussels-Midi station, the south station of Brussels. It is one of the most active, because apart from the commuter trains, metro and trams are also high-speed international train platforms for Eurostar and Thalys, which have their booths there. The resort itself is modern and contains a food court, cafes and chocolate.
The buses are comfortable, if your point of departure or destination is not near a subway station. The buses have schedules that are available at each bus stop and also online, but they do not run as frequently as the subway so it pays to see the calendar before you wait in the bus stop.
Tickets can be purchased from the driver € 2 per ticket for 1 hour ‘jump’ , which can be used on the metro and trams as well. Tickets are cheaper when purchased in a subway station.