Gare Maritime, on the Tour & Taxis site, is really easy to get to using public transport. The address is Picardstraat 3, 1000 Brussels.
Coming by metro?
Metro stops Ribaucourt (Line 2), IJzer (Lines 2 & 6) and Pannenhuis (Line 6) are a ten-minute walk from Gare Maritime. The walk from Pannenhuis to the festival site is the most enjoyable - the metro stop is a retro-futuristic gem in itself and you walk right through the beautiful park of Tour & Taxis towards Gare Maritime. In the park, you can’t miss the 30-metre-tall obelisk. This is an artwork by Bas Smets on which he has engraved all 30 articles from the universal declaration of human rights.
Coming by train, by bus or on foot?
Brussel-Noord station is just under half an hour’s walk from Gare Maritime. Don’t feel like walking that far? No problem. You can hop aboard one of the four MIVB buses that stop close to the Tour & Taxis site. Line 20 (Hunderenveld) and line 14 (Heysel) call at the stop Havenlaan / Avenue Du Port, which has been moved along 40 metres due to temporary roadworks. Line 88 (UZ-VUB) or line 57 (Militair Hospitaal) call at the stop Tour & Taxis / Thurn & Taxis.
You can also use a free shuttle service between Brussel-Noord station and Tour & Taxis. The shuttle runs every 5 to 10 minutes, every working day between 5.30 am and 10 pm. You can check the timetable and shuttle locations via the Tour & Taxis app.
Coming by bike?
Cool. You can park your bike in one of the bike storage facilities on site. There is also a Villo! point on Picardstraat, just in front of the site entrance.
Especially for our festivals, the electric bike sharing platform Billy is offering 30 free minutes of ride time to new users signing up via their app with the code BIDS21 for Boterhammen in de Stad and FRIN21 for Feeërieën. That’s jolly nice of them!
How does it work? It’s easy! Download the app and use the event code to activate your 30 free minutes of ride time. The code is only valid once. On the day of the festival, search for and book the nearest Billy Bike using the app. Open the lock with a single tap and ride to the festival site. End your session in the Billy Zone and secure your bike to a post or rack with the chain. Fast, cheap and good for the environment. Win-win-win.
Coming by car?
The junction of Havenlaan and Picardstraat is closed to traffic. Diversions go via Leopold II-laan, Willebroekkaai, Groendreef and Koninginnelaan.
What about access for the disabled?
There is a ramp at the entrance of Gare Maritime to allow wheelchair users to access the site. There are also 5 parking spaces set aside for people with a disabled badge. Note: you have to order one of these spaces in advance using this form. The entrance to the car park is via Havenlaan 86C. You can access Havenlaan via Avenue du Port or Quai de Willebroek and Place des Armateurs.