Exploring Brussels and the attractions on foot is the best option as most sights such as museums, parks and monuments are located close to each other.
Getting around in Brussels on foot is more beneficial than any other mode, as many roads in the old town of Brussels are closed for cars. If you are out on foot exploring the city in winter days, wearing water-resistant footwear is advisable as the city is likely to be wet and the snow makes the grounds slippery in winter.
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.
Given the case though, well-planned public transport system comprising trams and buses make moving around the city pleasurable. One can also hire taxis for visiting various attractions in Brussels. Another interesting way of visiting the attractions and exploring the city is hiring a bike.
Various trams, buses shape up transport system of Brussels. These services are managed and operated by a single company, STIB, making a purchase and transfer of the tickets easier while intercity trains are managed by another company 'SNCB'. All of the train stations are connected to tram stops, bus stops and metro stations.
National trains in Brussels are convenient for inter-region and inter-city travel. Brussels South, one of the main train stations is connected to the Ringway metro line and tramways in Brussels, is the high-speed trains stop en route to Paris, Ostend and London.
Brussels Central is an underground train station located in the city centre, between the North and South stations while Brussels North station manages the trains to the airport, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Cologne.
Brussels Metro that dates back to 1976 operates through six underground lines. Prominent 'M' in white on blue background denotes the metro stations which also are accessible from street level.
Tram and Bus
If you want to skip walking and all the other ways of traveling, take a tram or a bus. Do not forget that the trams and buses only stop on request. If you want to board the bus or tram, raise your hand to indicate that you want to hop on the tram/bus.
Traveling by tram is beneficial also as they have higher priority to all traffic, including pedestrians.
Brussels being an eco-friendly city offers 'Velo' the bicycles. The city is dotted with around 180 bike-hire terminals that are open for 24 hours a day. When you hire a bike, the first half hour is free of charge. The bikes can be hired for a day or for a week as well.
Hiring a taxi that has an official yellow-and-blue Brussels taxi sign is advisable. If you book a taxi in advance, it is more profitable and also, most companies offer a pick-up facility at your place.
Skipping all the options, if you decide to travel through the city at your own space, renting a car is a better option. It also enables you to move to out-of-town areas on your own. Most of the major transport hubs in Brussels have rental car outlets. It is best to hire a car in advance.