Thursday 4th July

Teams presentation

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On the 4th of July, between 2pm and 8pm, the 22 teams of 8 riders participating in the Tour de France will be presented. The champions will leave the Place des Palais and, passing through the Saint-Hubert galleries, make their way to the Grand Place. The teams will be introduced one-by-one in this magnificent location.
At the same time, the Fan Park will be inaugurated at De Brouckère square.

The route will be closed off between midday and midnight.

Transport advice for travel to the teams presentation or the Fan Park

The Pentagon will be mostly closed to road traffic, and tram and bus routes will also be suspended in the area.

On foot

A 10-minute walk from the central station (Gare Centrale) and a 15-minute walk from the northern station (Gare du Nord).

Or take a Waterbus from Vilvoorde and disembark at Quai des Peniches or Sainctelette. More info: www.waterbus.eu

By bicycle

there will be an extra bicycle park at De Brouckère square, and bicycle parking spaces at the De Brouckère and Bourse metro stations will provide room for about 1000 bicycles. However, prior registration is required on the following link: https://app.cycloparking.brussels/parkings. Please use the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels to map out a safe and comfortable journey.

By train

For the Tour de France, the SNCB will be running extra train services, departing from a number of different cities in the country. If you are coming to the events by train, we recommend that you get off at Brussels Central Station (Gare Centrale), which is only a stone’s throw away from the Place Royale.
The timetable is available at www.belgianrail.be.
The central station (Gare Centrale) is a 10-minute walk away from De Brouckère square, while the northern station (Gare du Nord) is only a 15-minute walk. Train timetables are available at www.belgianrail.be

By metro

Travel on the STIB network will be free of charge during the weekend of the Grand Départ. There will be increased services on the metro, as well as on the tram lines which stop close to the Tour route. These are a handy alternative to the car. Plan your journey on the website or via the app www.stib-mivb.be.

By car

Since 1 January 2018, the most polluting vehicles can no longer drive in the low emission zone of the Brussels-Capital Region. The regulations concern cars, vans ≤ 3.5 tonnes, and buses and coaches whether registered in Belgium or abroad. All the information on www.lez.brussels.

: It is best to park your car at a train station near you and to continue your journey by train. With your train ticket, you can benefit from a reduced rate in these car parks. You can find further details on this offer at https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/station-information/car-or-bike-at-station/b-parking
If you really need to use your car to get to Brussels, it is best to park at one of the park-and-ride facilities and to continue your journey on public transport. More information is available at www.parkandride.brussels. The Coovi-Ceria and Kraainem car parks will be free of charge for the occasion.

Transport advice for travel elsewhere in Brussels

On foot or by bike

On Thursday 4th July, the quickest and easiest way to get around the Pentagon will be on foot or by bike. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the Tour route in several places, by using one of the crossing points. Officials will notify you when it is safe to cross.
Be.Walking, Be Brussels (currently only available on Android) provides pedestrians with pleasant walking routes around Brussels. It’s very simple to map out a route: just choose your departure point and destination and the app will calculate the most scenic or quickest route.
Travelling by bicycle is also an attractive alternative. A safe route can be mapped out on the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels.

Shared bicycles and scooters

shared transport providers (shared bicycles, shared scooters...) will not be able to position their vehicles along the race route or in adjacent streets. Parking scooters in these areas is prohibited. Providers may temporarily adapt the availability of their vehicles for the occasion. Please check the websites of the various companies for more information on their services during the Tour de France. You can find a list of these providers at mobilite-mobiliteit.brussels.

Many providers will have special offers on during the Tour weekend: Felyx provides a 2-week free trial period after registration; Poppy supplies free travel for 30 minutes; and Dott will let all new users unlock and ride for free for 18 minutes with the code GrandDepart. In addition, using the code #Tourensemble, you can get the first two journeys with Blue Bike for free; with the code Tour19, Circ will let you unlock and ride for free for 15 minutes; and, with the code Tour2019, Jump will let all new users unlock and ride for free for 10 minutes. For Villo!'s bicycles you won't during the 4 days of the Tour the France.

Public transport

if you wish to use public transport, it is best to travel by train or metro. Many bus and tram routes will be temporarily suspended or diverted.

  • STIB
    A route planner for public transport in Brussels and a complete overview of all diverted and suspended services on the STIB/MIVB network are available at www.stib-mivb.be.
    • Shortened or diverted bus routes: 29, 38, 47, 47, 53, 63, 63, 65, 66, 71, 86, 88
    • Suspended tram lines: 92, 93
  • De Lijn
    A route planner for De Lijn buses and a complete overview of all diverted and suspended services are available at www.delijn.be.
    • Shortened or diverted bus routes: 230, 231, 232, 460, 461
  • SNCB
    For the Tour de France, the SNCB will be running extra train services departing from a number of different cities in the country.
    The timetable is available at www.belgiantrain.be.
    The Brussels-Capital region has 33 train stations. The S trains create a network around the city and are an attractive alternative for travel in the region. For further information, visit www.belgiantrain.be.

By car

although we strongly recommend that you avoid travelling by car in Brussels, it is sometimes a necessity. Remember that Brussels is a low-emission area. To find out which vehicles are allowed to drive, consult www.lez.brussels
It is best to park your car at a train station near you and continue your journey by train. With a train ticket, you can benefit from a reduced rate at car parks in SNCB train stations. You can find further details on this offer at https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/station-information/car-or-bike-at-station/b-parking.
If you really need to use your car to get to Brussels, it is best to park at one of the park-and-ride facilities and to continue your journey on public transport. You can find more information at www.parkandride.brussels. The Coovi-Ceria and Kraainem car parks will be free of charge for the occasion.

If you need to drive in Brussels, please take the difficult traffic conditions into consideration when planning your journey. We recommend that you use the Ring Road (R0) around Brussels and take the exit closest to your destination.

From and to foreign countries

Brussels airport is easily accessible by train and bus. Remember that buses and taxis can also get stuck in traffic.
If you land in Brussels airport: https://www.brusselsairport.be/nl/passengers/access-parking
If you land in Brussels South airport (Charleroi): https://www.brussels-charleroi-airport.com/nl/parking-access

Many cities are well served by train with Brussels; most international trains stop in the city centre.
More info: www.b-europe.com

Due to the difficult accessibility of the North Station, the international bus lines are diverted. Flixbus stops at Midi station, Ouibus at the Avenue du Port. Tourist buses can also have their passengers boarding and alighting at the Avenue du Port.

For Tour de France fan buses, parking spaces are available at Parking C of Heizel.

Those who follow the Tour with a mobile home or caravan can park it at Brussels Kart Expo, open from 6am to 10pm. There is a direct connection to the city center by train and tram. The daily price is 25 euros. Those who also want camping facilities can search for a campsite at visit.brussels.

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