Saturday 6th July – Afternoon

Arrival at the Avenue du Parc Royal

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The first stage will finish in the Brussels-Capital Region. After a circuit of 192km (approx. 119 miles), the riders will return to Brussels during the afternoon. They will ride along the Avenue de Tervuren, heading towards the Parc Royal de Laeken. The finish line will be on the Avenue du Parc Royal after a 250-metre final straight.

The route will be closed from 12am until 8pm. The finish zone will be closed until nightfall.
The race route will divide Brussels into two zones on Saturday afternoon.

Transport advice for travel to the finish zone

On foot

The finish line is a 20-minute walk from the Houba Brugmann and Bockstael metro stations.

Or take the Waterbus from Vilvorde to the Quai des Peniches and continue your journey on foot. More info: www.waterbus.eu

By bike

at the finish line, an extra bicycle park will be set up in Laeken park, close to Place Saint-Lambert. There will also be an extra bicycle park at Place De Brouckère and the bicycle parks at the De Brouckère and Bourse metro stations will be free of charge for the occasion. From there, it is easy to reach the finish zone. However, prior registration is required on the app https://app.cycloparking.brussels/parking.
With the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels, you can plot a safe and comfortable journey.

By train

LWith the SNCB’s weekend ticket, you can make round trips at half the standard price. You can also benefit from a discounted rate at train station car parks.
To reach your destination, go to Bruxelles-Midi or Bruxelles-Nord train station. From Bruxelles-Midi, you can take metro lines 2 and 6 in the direction of Roi Baudouin station, or at Houba-Brugmann station. From Bruxelles-Nord, you can take the shuttle bus which runs every 20 minutes between 2pm and 8pm to get to Bockstael, or take tram 3 to the De Wand stop. All of these stops are no further than a 20-minute walk from the finish line. Further information is available at www.belgianrail.be.

By metro

Travel on the STIB network will be free of charge during the weekend of the Grand Départ. We recommend that you avoid using the bus and tram, but the Houba-Brugmann metro station and the De Wand and Centenaire stops are just a 20-minute walk from the finish line. Plan your journey on the STIB website or via the app www.stib.brussels.

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.

We recommend that you park your car at the closest train station to you and continue your journey by train. With your train ticket, you can enjoy a discounted rate at train station car parks. For more information on this offer, visit https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/station-information/car-or-bike-at-station/b-parking.
If you do need to use your car to get to Brussels, we recommend that you park at one of the park-and-ride facilities and continue your journey on public transport. You can find further information at www.parkandride.brussels.
The Coovi-Ceria and Kraainem park-and-ride facilities will be free of charge for the occasion.

Transport advice for travel elsewhere in Brussels

On foot or by bike

On Saturday 6th July, the quickest and easiest way to get around Brussels will be on foot or by bike. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the race route at one of the crossing points. Officials will notify you when it is safe to cross.
Be.Walking, Be Brussels ((currently only available on Android) encourages walkers to discover the delights of Brussels on foot. 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 https://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, the metro and train are the safest bets. Various bus and tram routes will be temporarily suspended or diverted.

  • STIB
    Travel on the STIB network will be free of charge for the weekend of the Grand Départ. The metro will be running as normal, but tram and bus routes along the race route will experience disruption. A complete overview of all diverted and suspended services on the STIB/MIVB network is available at www.stib-brussels.
    • Shortened or diverted bus routes: 14, 20, 27, 27, 36, 36, 38, 47, 53, 53, 54, 58, 58, 61, 71, 80, 88, 95, N11
    • Suspended tram lines: 8, 81
  • 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: 116*, 118*, 118*, 127, 128, 129, 136*, 137*, 141*, 142*, 142*, 213, 214, 230, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 245, 250, 251, 260, 270, 272, 317, 318, 341, 344, 345, 348, 349, 351, 355, 358, 460.
      *Until 2pm.
    • On 6th July, De Lijn buses will stop as close as possible to STIB metro stations.
  • SNCB
    For the weekend of the Tour de France, the SNCB will be running extra train services departing from various cities. Don’t forget that the Brussels-Capital Region has 33 train stations. The S trains create a network around the city and are a handy alternative for travel in the region. Further information is available at www.belgiantrain.be.

By car

Although we strongly recommend that you avoid using your 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
The best option is 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 discounted rate at train station car parks. More information on this offer is available at https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/station-information/car-or-bike-at-station/b-parking.
If you do need to use your car to get to Brussels, it is best to leave your car at a park-and-ride facility and 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 really must drive in Brussels, please take the difficult traffic conditions into consideration.

We recommend that you use the Ring Road (R0) around Brussels and take the closest exit to your destination. For the afternoon of Saturday 6th July, Brussels will be divided into two big zones and travelling from east to west will be especially difficult. You can access another zone by using the Ring Road (R0).

The maps below show the predicted bottlenecks for each zone on Saturday afternoon; avoid the immediate area around the race and, if possible, park in a park-and-ride facility.

Zone 1: getting to the west of Brussels

Due to the Tour, the Avenue du Parc Royal exit on the A12 is closed.
Don’t forget that the Léopold II tunnel and Avenue Brugmann are both closed for road works. .

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Zone 2: getting to the east of Brussels

The Reyers tunnel in the direction of the city centre is closed and the main roads towards the Intermediate Ring (Moyenne Ceinture) will be blocked.

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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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