On Saturday 6th July, the first stage of the Tour de France 2019 will kick off and finish in Brussels. The neutral start will take place at the Place Royale at midday, after which the riders will travel through the city centre toward Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. The official start for this stage will be at 12.25pm on Boulevard Louis Mettewie. The riders will leave the Brussels-Capital region via Anderlecht, heading towards Lennik.
The route will be closed between 7am and 2pm. On Saturday morning, the race will separate Brussels into three zones.
the start line (Place Royale) is only a stone’s throw away from Brussels Central Station (Gare Centrale).
And don't forget the Waterbus that connects Vilvoorde with Sainctelette via the waterway. More info: www.waterbus.eu
There is an extra bicycle park at De Brouckère square. The bicycle parks at the De Brouckère and Bourse metro stations will provide parking for around one thousand bikes. However, prior registration is required on https://app.cycloparking.brussels/parking.
Use the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels to map out a safe and comfortable journey.
For the Tour de France, the SNCB will be running extra train services, departing from a number of different cities around the country. The easiest way to travel to the event by train is to get off at Brussels Central Station, which is just a short walk from the Place Royale.
With 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. The timetable is available at www.belgianrail.be.
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 tram lines which stop close to the Tour route. These are a good alternative to the car. Plan your journey on the STIB website or on the app www.stib-mivb.be.
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. Your train ticket gives you access to a discounted rate at these car parks. For further information on this offer, please visit 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 in one of the park-and-ride facilities and to continue your journey on public transport. Visit www.parkandride.brussels for more information on these car parks. The Coovi-Ceria and Kraainem car parks will be free of charge for the occasion.
On Saturday 6th July, the quickest and easiest way to travel around Brussels 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 routes for walking around Brussels. It is very simple to plan a journey: choose your departure point and destination and the app will calculate the most scenic or quickest route.
Travelling by bicycle is a handy alternative. You can plan your journey on the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels.
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 this area 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 the 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, even without a subscription.
If you wish to use public transport, the train and metro are the best options. Many bus and tram routes will be temporarily suspended or diverted.
Although we recommend that you avoid travelling by car in Brussels, it can be 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 leave your car parked at a train station near you and to continue your journey by train. Your train ticket gives you access to a discounted rate at train station car parks. You can find further information on this offer at https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/station-information/car-or-bike-at-station/b-parking.
If you really need a 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 further information on these car parks at www.parkandride.brussels. The Coovi-Ceria and Kraainem car parks will be free of charge for the occasion.
If you do need to 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 exit closest to your destination. For the morning of Saturday 6th July, Brussels will be divided into three zones. You can access another zone by using the Ring Road (R0).
The maps below show the predicted bottlenecks in each zone on Saturday morning. Avoid the immediate area around the route and, if possible, park at a park-and-ride facility.
In the west of Brussels, the connection between the north and the south will be closed off while the Tour passes through.
May we remind you that Avenue Brugmann is closed due to road works, as is exit 14 Anderlecht-Moortebeek due to the Tour.
In the north of Brussels, the Léopold II tunnel is closed for renovation works, which makes access to this zone very difficult. May we remind you that exit 14 Anderlecht-Moortebeek on the Ring Road and exit Avenue du Parc Royal on the A12 are closed.
Even though the race will not pass through the east of Brussels on Saturday morning, we do expect traffic problems. The Reyers-Centre tunnel will be closed, for example.
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.