Transport in Brussels

Brussels in Belgium is a city of 1.8 million people which hosts some of the largest European organizations like the EU institution and the NATO. One reason that can be attributed to the city being preferred to host such important organization is its advanced infrastructure together with its accommodating politics. Its transport system is among the best in the whole of Europe. There are several modes of transport.

You can never talk about transport in Brussels without mentioning Metro. Since the time it was launched it has underwent several changes on all aspects of its operation, such that now it has finally streamlined its commuter services to operate smoothly. The Metro system is made of two metro lines in the city picking and dropping passengers in 68 metro stops scattered all over the city.

The second one is the bus system which is operated by three companies in the all the city bus networks. The three include the STIB which operates the main network, then there is the De Lijn which mostly plies the Flemish areas and lastly is the TEC plying the French speaking suburbs of the city. Another bus that is also very vital is the Eurolines which crisscrosses the whole of Europe.

After many years of use, the train transport has come to be one of the most established in the city and particularly the international train. There is a high speed train, Eurostar, line which connect Brussels with London while another one by the name Thalys connects Brussels with cities like Liege, Cologne, Rotterdam, Hague, and Antwerp.

There are two airports in Brussels namely the Bruxelles- National which is located in Zaventern, Flandres, open to airliners like the DHL aviation, SN Bruxelles airlines and the virgin express. The second one is the Bruxelles Sud airport which is in Charleroi some 50 kilometer from Brussels.

Taxis are also a force to reckon within the transport sector of Brussels, this is because they are flexible and pocket friendly than boats which operate in the Brussels port or Willebroek, the economically important canal along the Brussels-Rupel (in the northern part of the city) route. Finally, we have the cars that operate in the three circular motorways in Brussels. These motorways are the ring, then there is the pentagon which is basically a collection of smaller rings and then there is the R21 which is sandwiched between the pentagon and the ring.