Getting Around Brussels
The best way to get around Brussels is on its extensive public transit system, the Communal Transport Society (STIB). There's a special bus line that picks up passengers at the Brussels National Airport (BRU), located about 10 miles from the center. Métro trains, trams (streetcars) and buses all stop at the three major train stations, all of which handle international high speed rail traffic: Gare Centrale, located in the heart of the city; Gare du Midi, which sits southwest of the city center; and Gare du Nord, just northeast of central city.
If you are bringing a car to Brussels, you should leave it parked at your hotel for the duration of your trip. Traffic within the city can be congested and finding a parking spot can be frustrating. Belgians are known for being aggressive drivers, which can be intimidating especially when you are not familiar with your surroundings.
|Taxis||Taxis are plentiful but expensive; the metered ones start at around €3 EUR (a little more than$4 USD). Instead of hailing a cab, you'll have to wait at the marked taxi stands on the main streets or snag one at rail stations.|
The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (Brussels Communal Transport Society / STIB) is the only company handling Brussels' extensive public transportation system, which means that any type of fare card will cover multiple forms of transport. STIB operates buses, trams and the underground métro (light-rail) system, all of which run throughout the city and its suburbs. Bus and tram stops are clearly marked, and métro stations feature above-ground signs that are blue with a white "M."
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid travel document, preferably a passport, is required for citizens of the United States to travel to Belgium. U.S. citizens can stay for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. At customs, you'll have to present a return airline ticket, as well as a passport that is valid for at least three months after the date of return. If you're planning to stay in Belgium for more than 90 days, you'll have to obtain the proper visa before leaving the U.S. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.