Belgium is a small country, but three different regions (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia) have their own transportation companies, ticketing systems, and payment methods.
Trains (Connecting Cities)
Belgium boasts a comprehensive railway network operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium (called NMBS/SNCB). Trains are a convenient and efficient way to move between major cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and more. You can also catch high-speed trains like Thalys and Eurostar to travel to neighboring countries like France, Netherlands, Germany, and UK.
Brussels Region: STIB/MIVB
As the capital city of Belgium, Brussels has a well-integrated public transportation system. The STIB/MIVB operates the metro, trams, and buses, making it easy to explore both the city and its suburbs.
The MOBIB card is mainly used for public transportation in Brussels and its immediate surrounding areas. It covers the STIB/MIVB network, which includes buses, trams, and the metro within the Brussels Capital Region.
Flanders Region: De Lijn
Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven and Zaventem (International Airport)
In the northern region of Belgium, known as Flanders, De Lijn is the primary public transportation operator. De Lijn runs an extensive network of buses and trams, connecting cities, towns, and rural areas in Flanders. Whether you want to visit historical sites or immerse yourself in the picturesque countryside, De Lijn has you covered.
To know how to move from Brussels Airport to other cities, see this page.
Wallonia Region: TEC
Liege, Dinant, Namur, Charleroi Airport, Durbuy Area
In the southern region of Belgium, called Wallonia, TEC (Transport En Commun) operates the regional transportation services. Like De Lijn, TEC’s extensive bus network provides convenient access to various destinations in Wallonia. Some urban areas may also have tram services.
The MOBIB card is mainly used for public transportation in Brussels area only. It covers the STIB/MIVB network, which includes buses, trams, and the metro within the Brussels Capital Region.