Brussels Bus Guide for Expat
Brussels has a wide bus network, with three different companies offering services. The tickets are the same as the metro tickets and the same ticket can be used to get to a destination even if it involves using more than one form of transportation. They can be bought on the bus, at some newsagents and some supermarkets. Buses run from 5am until around midnight, except on Friday nights when the late buses run until 3am. The frequency of service varies depending on the route required and timetables and bus lines are posted at bus stops. Buses are stopped by waving them down from a bus stop. Make sure to look for the number of the bus as there may be several buses on the same route as your particular stop. Entry on the buses is generally made from the front of the bus, though passengers with prams can enter at the doors in the middle of the bus which offers more space to maneuver. To stop the bus there are buzzers at most seats which you press before your required stop. Before using the bus, be sure to get the maps and stops from the websites below. Itineraries and route planners as well as ticket options are available. Tickets can be bought on the bus and drivers will provide change, though this can cost up to a couple of Euros more on some routes so it is advantageous to buy in advance when possible.
STIB – Runs 50 bus lines covering the whole city. http://www.mivb.be/reisweg-itineraire.html?l=en
De Lijn – Offers service to large parts of the city and into Flemish suburbs outside the city. http://www.delijn.be/
TEC – Operates in the southern parts of the city and offers service to the Walloon (French) districts and suburbs. http://www.infotec.be/index.aspx?PageId=633023143392127686
- JUMP single trip ticket – 1.70€
- JUMP 10-ride ticket – 12.30€
- JUMP day-pass- 4.50€