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Date of opening20 Sep 1976
Network length32.2 km (20.01 mi)
Stations61 (59*)
Lines3        Line history
Stations per line20.33
Avg. station distance555 m (0.35 mi)
Avg. line length10.73 km (6.67 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
Premetro tunnels not included, 11 stations
System typeMetro, known as Métro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)364,000 (as of 2009)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)11,300 (7,030)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.53 EUR (as of 2009); honour system, smartcard
TrackRight (left on lines 1 and 6 between Midi and Roi Baudouin), gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 900 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trainsLine 1
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2011

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Brussels

The city encourages art in all metro stations [bsubway], [].

Photo [C.A.I.D.]: Art installation with flying figures by Paul van Hoeydonck in Comte de Flandre station.
Photo []: "De Odyssee" sculpture by Martin Guyaux in Kruidtuin station.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Explore the artworks in almost every station, pick up a copy of the 184-page book "When Art Takes the Metro..." for only 5 euros from metro operator STIB's "Bootik" at Rue de l'Evêque 2 (De Brouckère station) or in a bookstore and explore the art in the metro stations. Visit the Transportation Museum for its metro exhibits.

Metro Museum

transport museum Musée du Transport Urbain Bruxellois. On an area of more than 1500 square meters, the museum exhibits a large collection of trams, buses, trolley buses and taxis, which covers 150 years of Brussels transport history. Since 1982. Location: Woluwe tram depot. Take the Museum Bus from Central Station.
Address: Avenue de Tervueren.
Hours (check before visiting): Museum is closed and is planned to re-open 4 April 2010. Admission: €5.
Reference: (official website).

Metro City Hopping

Brussels is part of the Brussels cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Brussels    RER line S1 (extended peak hour service) (commuter metro)    Antwerp      41 km
  Brussels    RER line S1 (extended peak hour service) (commuter metro)    Charleroi      49 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

Reaching the Beaches

Strait of Dover (North Sea): Intercity trains run from Brussels to Ostend (Oostende) or Knokke at the coast in 80 minutes. From there, the Kusttram, an interurban LRT, goes along the entire Belgian coast between Knokke at the border with the Netherlands and De Panne near the French border. The Kusttram was rated number 21 world travel secret by Lonely Planet Magazine in July 2009. Length: 69 km, frequency: every 20 minutes, trip duration: 139 minutes. The high speed ride, mostly on its own right of way, offers frequent views of fishing villages, Napoleonic forts, and rolling dunes, and, of course, stops at beaches. There's a station of remarkable old design in De Haan [], [].

Lines with a View

A short open stretch before arriving at Heysel provides a view of the Atomium.

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Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Brusseline Eric de, (PDF)

Circle Lines

Pan-shaped loop - Lines 2 and 6 - 18 stations - opened 1981 - completed 2009.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

A high pitch buzzing noise. Some Brussels trains now have next-station announcements. There is a three tone chime and the station is announced in both French and Flemish or vice versa and sometimes just one language.


  Brussels photo gallery.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1983: Brussels by Night

Handpicked Resources

art-public.comArt on the metro. CAID-ACVI-TAAC.
stib.beWhen Art Takes the Metro. A journey through the largest underground art gallery in Brussels. Official website

Generic Links for Brussels Métro

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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