The metro in Brussels was set in 1976 (but trams - premetro - run in the city since 1968).
There are two metro lines in the city: the first one (lines 1A and 1B) crosses all the region from east to west; the second one (line 2) follows the circular line around the city. There are 68 stops in the metro system.
The company that manages the metro in Brussels is the STIB (Société des Transports Intercomunaux de Bruxelles) /MIVB. With a metro ticket, it is possible to use the train inside the city. A few fares:
There are 3 Belgian companies in charge of the bus network:
It is possible to go to Belgium by coach with Eurolines, that offers journeys from London-Victoria in 8 hours for example.
The international train station of Brussels is linked to London with the high-speed train Eurostar and to Paris with Thalys (that links also the cities of Antwerp, la Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Liège, Aachen and Cologne).
The most important in terms of traffic are on the North-South Junction that links the international and national network. All the passengers from or to Brussels stop there. The main stations are:
There are also two other stations less important on this junction: Bruxelles-Chapelle and Bruxelles-Congres.
Two additional stations serve the European Institutions area:
There are also:
The company that manages the Belgian rail network is SNCB/NMBS
There are two airports in Brussels:
A taxi from the airport costs about 45€ (2006).
Brussels port is called Willebroek and is located on the canal from Brussels to Rupel in the north of the city. This canal is very important for the economy of Brussels (and all the towns along: Willebroek, Kapelle-op-den-Bos, Vilvoorde) and is used to avoid flooding from the Senne.
Brussels is surrounded by three circular motorways:
It is mandatory to insure your car as soon as it is in the public street.