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    Commuting to VUB with public transport

    There are several possibilities to commute to the VUB or discover Brussels with public transport.

    By train

    NMBS

    By bus, tram or metro in Brussels

    MIVB

    By bus from Flanders to Brussels

    De Lijn

    Public transport in Brussels

    The buses, metros and trams of the MIVB are the primary way of moving around the city. Several formulas allow you to discover the city unlimited.

    General information: maps and formulas

    • Brussels has a public transport system (run by MIVB/STIB) seperate from Wallonia (TEC) and Flanders (De Lijn). Your MIVB/STIB pass won’t be valid there.
    • Night buses only ride on Fridays and Saturdays, until 3 AM (look for the ‘Noctis’ signs at the bus stops)
    • Discover the full map of metros, trams and buses offered by MIVB/STIB on their website. 

    Stops near our campus in Etterbeek

    Tram

    Tram lines 7 (Heizel - Vanderkindere) and 25 (Rogier - Boondael Station)

    • stop VUB
    • stop Station Etterbeek
    • stop Arsenaal

    Metro

    Metro line 5 (Erasmus - Hermann-Debroux)

    • stop Pétillon (about 12 min. walk)
    • stop Delta (about 11 min. walk)

    Bus

    Bus line 95 (Grote Markt - Wiener)

    • stop Station Etterbeek (about 5 min. walk)

    Bus line 71 (De Brouckère - Delta)

    • stop Delta (about 10 min. walk)

    Bus line 34 (Naamsepoort - Sint-Anna)

    • stop Hankar (about 8 min. walk)

    Stops near our campus in Jette

    Tram

    Tram line 9 (Dikke Beuk - Simonis)

    • stop UZ Brussel

    Bus

    Bus lines 14 (Noordstation - UZ-VUB) and 53 (Militair Hospitaal - UZ-VUB)

    • stop UZ Brussel (14)
    • stop UZ-VUB (53)

    Buses between Brussels and Flanders

    All buses to and in Flanders are operated by De Lijn.

    Stops near our campus in Etterbeek

    Stop Station Etterbeek (about 5 min. walk)

    • 341 Waver
    • 343 Maleizen
    • 348 Terhulpen
    • 349 Ottenburg

    Stops near our campus in Jette

    Stop UZ-VUB or UZ Pediatrie

    • 820 Dilbeek-Zaventem

    Stop UZ Pediatrie

    • 245 Brussel-Noord-Dendermonde

    Long-distance buses Etterbeek - Limburg province

    This is the fastest way to travel by public transport from the communities on the routes of this buses to the campus in Etterbeek or your student accomodation in Brussels.

    • How? Via buses 68 (Bocholt-Antwerpen, onrechtstreeks), 178 (Maaseik-Brussel) and 179 (Hamont-Brussel)
    • When? Every working day, extra buses on Sunday and Friday evenings. 
    • Cost? €4 per ride (only for sale with the driver if you present your student card)
    • The regular journey tickets, Buzzy Pazz or Omnipas can no longer be used on this line.
    • For more information and timetables check delijn.be.

    Belgium by train

    The Belgian network of railroads is one of the most dense in the world. Need to commute long distances regularly? NMBS offers several options.

    Train station near our campus in Etterbeek

    There is a train station near our campus in Etterbeek (about 5 min. walk).

    Train station near our campus in Jette

    From the train station in Jette, you can take tram 9 or bus 14 to campus.

    From campus to campus

    Need to get from one campus to another? Apps on your phone are always the best choice for real-time information, but here you can find general instructions.

    Brussels Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus – Brussels Health Campus 

    • Train (ca. 30 min): direct connection 17’  (1x per hour) and bus 14 to UZ-VUB in 9’.
    • Metro (ca. 60 min): indirect connection between Pétillon (Etterbeek) and Simonis (Koekelberg), with transfer in Kunst-Wet. From Simonis you can travel to UZ Brussel or campus Jette by tram 9.

    Transportation cards public transport

    Are you commuting to campus? Check the available transportation cards here.

    MOBIB card for all your tickets

    The rechargeable MOBIB card combines all your tickets from public transport companies NMBS, MIVB, De Lijn, TEC, B-parking, Cambio and Villo. You can buy a MOBIB card for €5 at a BOOTIK or online via Go Easy. This card will be valid for 5 years.

    By bus, tram or metro in Brussels

    Are you mainly commuting in Brussels? Then you'll use the public transport offered by MVIB. With one of their transportation cards, you can go by tram, bus or metro.

    1. Which transportation cards are available?

    • MIVB school season ticket: access to entire metro/bus/tram network of the MIVB/STIB within Brussels (€50 per academic year)
    • MTB school season ticket: access to entire metro/bus/tram network of the MIVB/STIB + all railway stations within Brussels + all bus stops within Brussels managed by TEC and De Lijn + all bus stops of De Lijn within the periphery of Brussels (€90 per academic year)

    ! You cannot be older than 24 for these transportation cards.

    2. How to buy a transportation card?

    • At a BOOTIK (please bring your identity card) or online via Go Easy (eID)
    • You need a registration certificate. You will receive this after you've been enrolled at the VUB.
    • Buy your personal MOBIB card and load your transportation card on the card.

    3. How to renew your transportation card?

    • Upload your registration certificate via school.mivb.be.
    • The day after you receive the confirmation, you go to the nearest GO selling machine to pay and load your transportation card on your MOBIB card.

    4. Are you just an occasional traveller?

    MIVB offers several options for single fares and multiple journeys, like JUMP 5 or 10 journeys

    By bus from Flanders to Brussels

    To travel between Flanders and Brussels by bus, you can use a transportation card by De Lijn

    1. Which transportation cards are available?

    The Buzzy Pazz offers students unlimited travel on all scheduled transport of De Lijn, except on the Limburg express lines. This school season ticket costs €212 for one year + €5 for creating a MOBIB card.

    ! You cannot be older than 24 for this transportation card.

    2. How to buy a Buzzy Pazz?

    Online or in a store by De Lijn, called Lijnwinkels (please fill out the application form and bring your identity card).

    By train

    Do you take the train to the university? You'll need a transportation card by NMBS.

    If you're younger than 26, you have the choice between two formulas.

    1. Campus card

    • 10 rides with which you travel a fixed route 2 or 3 times a week within a period of 49 days. 
    • Why? In many cases its cheaper than a “Go Pass” (€53 for 10 rides, with free choice of departure and arrival).
    • When you are enrolled in an interuniversity study programme and often travel between two university towns, you can ask for a Campus Card for both locations, on presentation of a certificate that you have classes in both towns.

    2. Student Season Ticket

    • Unlimited subscription for 1, 3 or 12 months for a fixed route.
    • Why? Most beneficial solution if you make 4 or more return travels each week. 

    3. How to buy transportation cards?

    • At a train station
    • Bring along:
      • Registration certificate. You will receive this after you've been enrolled at the VUB.
      • Season ticket request form (on the website of NMBS)
      • Electronic identity card.
      • €5 for the activation of your card.