Getting to Mia's Flat
Taxi (20min) - they are parked just outside the arrival area.
Bus12 (40min) - get off at stop Diamant go down the Metro station Diamant then take Tram 25 direction Boondael Station get off at stop ULB. Walk 30 meters to Ave. University then first on your left, 34 Ave. Armand Huysmans is few meters on your left at the round about.
Train (30min) - the station is at level -1, take the lift. Take the train you get off at Etterbeek Gare cross the road to the other side take the Tram 25 direction Boondael Station get off at stop ULB. Another possibility get off at Central Station outside the station at the bus stop take Bus 71 direction Delta get off at ULB stop.
From Midi Station
Metro 2 (20min) - take direction Elisabeth get off at stop Louise then Tram 8 direction Musée de Tram get off at ULB or get off at Porte de Namur then take Bus 71 DELTA get off at stop ULB.
From Central Station
Take Bus 71 DELTA outside the train station get off at stop ULB.
Bus 71, Trams 25 & 94 stops are just 50 meters from Mia's Flat.
- Bus 71 is one of the interesting bus route you can take to center town passing to some nice spots in Brussels. Starts at Place de Brouckere and stops by the Galeries St-Hubert, Central station, Place Royale (for the museums of Fine Arts and the Music Instruments museums), Parc Royal and Royal Palace, and Porte de Namur (you can reach Avenue Louise with a short walk) before taking the Chaussee d'Ixelles (some good shopping to do there or you can visit Matonge, the Congolese neighborhood) as it gets deeper into Ixelles, you'll pass by l'Amour Fou (a very popular bar), La Maison de la Radio (Radio House) on Place Flagey, a recently renovated building that looks like an ocean liner and used to house the first years of the belgian National radio. It is now a cultural center where you can see concerts and the bar has become quite popular (Cafe Belga). Just after is the stop of les Etangs d'Ixelles (Ixelles Ponds), 2 ponds that are a little oasis (many students come here to relax, you'll also see families on Sundays and elderly ladies feeding the ducks). The bus carries on to the main University campus (or Campus Solbosch) then, to the Campus shared by the ULB and VUB (its Flemish counterpart) or Campus de La Plaine and finishing its run at Delta where you can catch the metro 2.
- Tram 94 starts at Stade (near Heysel metro station) and travels via Botanique, Parc and Louise, down Avenue Louise, past the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), out to Watermael-Boitsfort, and ends up at metro station Hermann-Debroux (but the line is currently being extended to the Avenue de Tervueren linking up with trams to Montgomery.)
- Tram 25 starts at Boondael railway station passing the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), down to Boulevard Gen. Jaques, Vrij University, out to Montgomery where you can take Metro1 connection to Schuman EU area and center town.
Art in the metro
Many metro stations are worth a stop as they have been beautifully decorated by famous Belgian artists. Metro station "Anneessens" is decorated with paintings by Alechinsky and Dotremont, "Bourse/Beurs" with paintings by Paul Delvaux, "Montgomery" with a painting by Folon, "Stockel" with comics of Tintin, "Horta" with cast-iron by Horta, "Porte de Hal" with paintings by Schuiten.
Cards and fares
These cards allow you to travel on the metro, bus, tram, and train systems (except on lines 12/21 between NATO and Brussels Airport and on the special night buses that run between midnight and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights):
MOBIB is a plastic chip-card which has to be validated at metro stations or on buses/trams by holding it against the white circle on the red machines; JUMP is a paper ticket/card ticket that has to be stamped in orange machines; each individual ticket or stamping/swipe of multi-trip ticket entitles you to unlimited changes of metro, tram or bus for 60 minutes, but you have to stamp/swipe your card on each new means of transport (except metro, unless you exit the system and then go back in again). Multi-trip cards are not nominative and so can be used between more than one person. Fares information is here, as of January 2011 prices are as follows:
- 1 trip card: MOBIB €2.00; JUMP €2.00 pre-purchased; €2.50 from bus or tram driver.
- 5 trip card: €7.30
-10 trip card: MOBIB €14.00, JUMP €14.00
- 1 day card: MOBIB €4.30, JUMP €4.50
- 3 day card: MOBIB €9.20, JUMP €9.50
It is now obligatory to board most buses (except the long"bendy-buses", before 20.00 hrs) only the front so that the driver can check that passengers punch their tickets or show a pass.