Brussels Travel Tips

Getting Around in Brussels

A guided walking tour is the best way to explore Brussels because most of the sights are located close to each other.

Visit our blog to know more about how to get around in Brussels in details.

City Transport

Most of the public transportation is operated by the STIB (Société des Transports intercommunaux bruxellois). To get more details about the city transportation, free network maps are available at the metro stations and tourist offices. The best way to explore the city is to travel via the ground tram, which is also known as pré-métro. It is very efficient and is rarely affected by the city traffic.

There are also Brussels cards available to explore this most enthralling capital city of Belgium. This card offers unlimited travel on the metro, bus and tram network. As well as free entry to major museums, discounts in restaurants, bars, shops, tourist attractions and tours, and also for the Atomium. A free guidebook is also provided.

Tipping

Generally, service charges and tips are included in the prices of the restaurant, hotel bills and included in the taxi fares. Additional tips can be given just to appreciate the good service or to round up the bill to a whole number. Tipping is not compulsory in Brussels but it is normally expected at a few famous tourist spots.

Safety

Brussels is considered a safe city to travel to but its surrounding areas are prone to crime especially in the late hours of the night. Avoid displaying expensive items and do not get involved with a small gang roaming the streets.

To explore the city at night it is always advisable to travel in a group especially in public spaces like using the metro or buses. In some famous tourist areas, beware of pickpockets or bag snatchers particularly whilst asking for the directions to the nearby attractions. Few places like Schaarbeek, North and Center Brussels should be avoided.

Smoking

As other major cities of Europe, smoking is prohibited at airports and in public transportation such as buses, metro or railway. Many people prefer to smoke in Belgium so most of the restaurants or cafes offer a separate smoking zone for smokers. Cigarettes are freely available in the supermarkets, shops or newspaper stands.

When to Travel to Brussels

Belgium is a typical sea-climate country and therefore a city like Brussels has a warm and pleasant atmosphere in the late spring months to autumn months. In the summer season, this city experiences warm long days along with the pleasing and mild nights. During the winter season, the weather is mild and heavy rainfall is expected. Mid-winter can be a lot colder with snowfall and on an average only 3 hours of sunshine daily.

Best time to visit Brussels is from May to October.

Emergency Numbers

Calling Code +32 2
Area Code 02
Fire / Emergency Medical T 100
Emergency T 112
Federal Police T101
Red Cross T105
Helpline 02 648 40 14
Information
International T1304
National T 1307 / 1234

Important Phrases

English French Dutch
Hello Bonjour Goeiedag
Good Morning Bonsoir Goedemorgen
Good Evening Bonjour Goeden avond
Good Night Bonne nuit Goedenacht
Thank you Merci Dank u wel
Please S’il vous plait Alstublieft
Excuse me Excusez-moi Neem mij niet kwalijk
Yes Oui Jawel
No Non Nee
Bye bye Au revoir Tot ziens
Can you help me? Pouvez-vous m’aider? Kunt u mij helpen?
I am sorry Je suis désolé Het spijt
I am looking for Je cherche Ik ben op zoek naar
Where is Ou se trouve Waar is
How much Combien coute Hoeveel kost
My name is Je m’appelle Ik heet / Mijn naam is
I am from Je viens de Ik ben van
I am lost Je suis perdu Ik ben verloren
French Fries with Mayonnaise, please Une frite-mayonnaise, s’il vous plait frietjes met mayonnaise, alstublieft

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