On Sunday 7th July, team time trials will take place over a distance of 27.6km, starting at the Place des Palais, with riders passing through the city centre and finishing at Heysel. The first team will start at 2.30pm and the last team will arrive at around 5pm.
The route will be closed from 6am until 8pm. The zone around the finish line will remain closed until nightfall. The race will divide Brussels into three zones.
all along the race route are train stations and metro stations which are within walking distance of a spot where you can see the riders pass by.
Or take the Waterbus from Vilvoorde to Van Praet and continue on foot. More info: www.waterbus.eu
Near the start line, there will be an extra bicycle park at Trône (on the side of the Palais Royal), and at the finish line, there will be one on the Avenue du Centenaire, close to Place Saint-Lambert. There will also be extra bicycle parks at Place De Brouckère and at the De Brouckère and Bourse metro stations, which provide enough space for one thousand bikes... These are free of charge for the occasion. From here, reaching the finish line is easy with public transport. However, prior registration is required via https://app.cycloparking.brussels/parking.
Use the route planner https://routeplanner.bike.brussels to plot a safe and comfortable journey.
For the Tour de France, the SNCB will be running extra train services, departing from cities around the country. The start line for the team time trials is close to the Central Station (Gare Centrale), while the finish line at Heysel is easily accessible from Bruxelles-Midi.
The SNCB’s weekend ticket lets you make round trips at half the standard price. You can also enjoy 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. We recommend that you avoid taking the tram or bus, but the Gare Centrale, de Brouckère and Bourse metro stations are located along the race route. Plan your journey on the STIB website or app www.stib.brussels.
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 train station closest to you and continue your journey by train. With a train ticket, you can benefit from discounted rates 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 travel to Brussels by car, it is best to park at one of the park-and-ride facilities and continue your journey on public transport. More information is available at www.parkandride.brussels.
Parking Brussels is offering a special rate of 3 euros per parking space for the occasion.
On Sunday 7th July, the quickest and easiest way to travel around Brussels is on foot or by bike. Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the Tour route at the crossing points. Officials will notify you when it is safe to cross.
Be.Walking, Be Brussels (currently only available on Android) encourages pedestrians to discover the landscape of Brussels by showing them the way. It is easy to plan a route: choose your departure point and destination and the app will calculate the most scenic or quickest route.
Travelling by bicycle is an attractive alternative. A safe journey can be mapped out 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 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.
If you wish to use public transport, we recommend that you take the train or metro. Many bus and tram routes will be temporarily suspended or diverted.
Although we recommend that you avoid travelling by car in Brussels, we understand that 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 leave your car at a train station near you and to continue your journey by train. With your train ticket, you have access to a discounted rate at SNCB 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 park your car at one of the park-and-ride facilities and 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.
If you do need to travel to Brussels by car, 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. On Sunday 7th July, Brussels will be divided into three zones and travelling between east and west will be especially difficult. To access another zone, please use the Ring Road (R0).
The maps below show the predicted bottlenecks in each zone on Sunday; avoid the immediate area around the race route and try to park at a park-and-ride facility.
May we remind you that the Léopold II tunnel and Avenue Brugmann are both closed for road works. Due to the Tour, the Avenue du Parc Royal exit on the A12 motorway will be closed.
Brussels will not be accessible from the A12 or from Boulevard Léopold II. On the Intermediate Ring (Moyenne Ceinture), the main roads will lead to dead ends along the race route.
Traffic heading towards Brussels at the Woluwe-Saint-Etienne interchange will be cut off. Travel in the opposite direction will be possible, but the Evere and Kraainem access points will also be closed.
Access to Brussels from the 411 will also be blocked, except for De Lijn buses. However, it will be possible to leave Brussels using this route.
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.