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Good practices

Getting to Brussels

By plane

Many airlines are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to sustainable development and they are endeavouring to set an example within the air transport industry.

Brussels AirlinesBrussels Airlines
Under the "b.green" banner, Brussels Airlines is looking for ways to reduce its ecological footprint (smaller regional planes to save on CO2 emissions, reducing the weight of aircraft, the possibility of offsetting CO2 emissions) and encouraging its employees, customers and suppliers to do the same. www.brusselsairlines.be



airport expressBrussels Airport Express

The train runs four times an hour to and from Brussels Nord, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations.

 

 

By rail

Brussels is at the core of a high-speed railway hub: Thalys, Eurostar and ICE trains take you directly to the centre of cities, with no detours, no wasting time. Fast, safe, incomparably comfortable, equipped with modern technology (Internet access), rail is indisputably the best way to travel in Europe.
It is also making itself more sustainable.


deutche bahnThe German railway (Deutsche Bahn)
The most proactive, has selected Brussels, served daily by 3 direct DB trains (Frankfurt-Brussels Midi), as a destination for which conference, seminar and event organisers can request a special fare for "events". www.bahn.de



thalysThalys

Thalys Connect is a platform to help passengers get around before and after their Thalys journey (from door to door). For example, it provides: a car-sharing platform and a partnership with Europcar for the hire of vehicles emitting less than 120 g of CO2 per km. www.thalys.com



eurostarEurostar

Eurostar's environmentally-friendly "Tread Lightly" Programme consists of various objectives for reducing your carbon footprint: enabling passengers to reduce their CO2 emissions on their connecting journeys, connections from UK cities to Brussels identified on the site, using biodegradable or fully recyclable materials for 90% of the disposable items used on board and, finally, recycling old uniforms. www.eurostar.com  

 

Paris - Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes: up to 25 trains per day
London - Brussels in 1 hour 51 minutes: 9 trains per day
Amsterdam - Brussels in 1 hour 53 minutes: 10 trains per day
Cologne - Brussels in 1 hour 47 or 1 hour 57 minutes: up to 10 trains per day


 
 
getting around Brussels

Getting around Brussels

By car

zen carZen Car
Electric Zen Cars can be hired for an hour or more with a season ticket. Electricity supply terminals will be freely available for recharging any electric vehicle using an identity card system.  www.zencar.eu



eco taxisEco Cabs

These are no ordinary taxis: the papers lie ready every morning, the driver adheres to a strict dress code and drives in a defensive and eco-friendly way, and, most importantly, the car itself produces on average 30% less carbon dioxide than the ordinary taxi.
Find out more: Tel: 0489/210 090

 
 
 Car sharing
cambioCambio
All municipalities in Brussels now have several Cambio stations. This scheme was established in Brussels in 2004, and allows you to rent a car occasionally at a very attractive price. The Cambio stations have already enabled 3600 private cars to be replaced between 2004 and 2010. Taxistop also offers carpooling for commuting between home and school.
 
collectoCollecto
The Collecto taxi sharing scheme at night is available at 200 starting points at STIB public transport stops. Available every night between 23.00 and 06.00, it allows several travellers to make a journey at modest cost. www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be
 




By public transport

nmbs mivbOn the trains of SNCB Belgian National Railways that connect the most remote localities in record time and the vehicles of Brussels public transport operator STIB (Metro, tram, bus) which link all parts of Brussels' 19 local authority areas, getting around the city is a breeze. To guarantee a stay without traffic jams and without hassle finding a parking space.

www.sncb.be
www.stib.be
 
 

The Brussels Card gives you the freedom of the city!      
This card, valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, gives you unrestricted access to the entire public transport network in Brussels, as well as admission to over 30 of the capital's major museums. Another advantage: the Brussels Card, and the associated guide, is a genuine discount card for use in restaurants and bars and in some of the shops and fashion designers' boutiques in the Dansaert area (up to 25% reduction).
www.brusselscard.be
 
 


 

By bicycle

bikesCycle routes are continually being improved and make it possible to get around easily and safely. The city also now has 180 Villo Stations! of shared bicycles, that is one station every 450 metres on average, and 4 Bicycle Points located near Brussels' main railway stations (Bruxelles-Central, Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Nord and Bruxelles-Luxembourg), managed by the social economy enterprise CyCLO. www.villo.be



 
 

- 70km of cycle paths with very few gradients alongside railway tracks have already been created and made safe.
- Many one-way streets are restricted to cyclists.
- With Villo, the first half hour is free. For short stays, there are mini season tickets of 1 or 7 days.
- It is possible to check availability of bikes via the websites www.villo.be (accessible by mobile phone) www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be or via an iPhone App (All Bikes Now).
- The bike points are open from 07.00 to 19.00 and allow bike rental.
 

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