Brussels Airport by train, tram or bus
Driving from your home to the station by car and continuing your journey by train before finally boarding a plane at Brussels Airport. That seems to be the itinerary of a growing number of passengers flying from Brussels Airport.
Mobility and multimodality are one of the pillars of our Strategic Vision 2040. Brussels Airport is more than just an airport that welcomes millions of passengers and handles thousands of tons of cargo each year. We want to continue to play an increasingly important role in the mobility of the region and of the Greater Brussels area. We are already proactively working on this aspect today, as reflected, for example, by the announcement of the new De Lijn tram-bus line linking the Heysel complex to Brussels Airport.
By 2040, we aim to achieve a 50/50 split between car use and alternative transportation such as bus, bicycle or train for all passengers or workers travelling to and from Brussels Airport. The train in particular is gaining in popularity. In fact, according to the latest figures provided by Belgian Railways, more than a quarter (26%) of the persons travelling to the airport took the train to Brussels Airport. This is 4% more than at the same time last year. Brussels Airport is more than just a destination or a departure station. It is also an intermodal hub for commuters in the region and an important junction on the rail network, as evidenced by the large number of direct connections with 83 Belgian stations.
In order to constantly improve our services and facilitate access to the largest airport in the country, collaboration with our partners in the public transport sector and with the authorities is essential. We work on it every day.
De Lijn's new trambuses are synonymous with smooth and comfortable travel. From now on, they will run daily from the UZ Brussel in Jette via Vilvoorde station to Brussels Airport and back!