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Public transportation

Tram & Bus

In Antwerp, public transport falls under the name “De Lijn”. This includes buses and trams. Are you arriving at central station? Great! Then you can easily switch from here to a bus or tram line to your destination. Buses and trams run regularly to all outskirts of the city and all major sights.

Even though you can visit many sights in Antwerp by foot, it is nice to know what the possibilities are. Via De Lijn route planner or the app you can easily check the fastest route to your destination. You can also plan the route via Google Maps.



You can easily reach the center of Antwerp by train. Get off at Antwerp Central and from here it is a short walk to the heart of the center.

However, there are more stations in Antwerp. Antwerp Berchem, for example, is an important station. This is a hub for many international trains and from here you can also catch a train to and from the airport.

For the train, we recommend downloading the NMBS app (free). It allows you to buy tickets, track your train and save your routes. No app? Then check their website and enter your place of departure and destination.

Our tip: explore Antwerp by bicycle! A super fun and efficient way to discover the city.


Buy a ticket for public transport

Are you visiting Antwerp for a day or a few days? Then buy a ticket for public transport. There are several options. The options below are for the bus and tram:


Via the app

You can easily purchase different tickets via the ‘De Lijn’ app. The app is also the cheapest way. Below the possible tickets:

-For a one-time ride
-€ 1.80
-Valid for 1 hour after activation
-You can activate immediately or at a later time

-10 rides, each valid for 1 hour
-€ 15
-You can activate immediately or at a later time

-1 day of unlimited travel
-€ 7.50
-Valid for 24 hours after activation
-You can activate immediately or at a later time


Via a text

It is also possible to buy a ticket by text message. For this you text to 4884.

-For a one-time ride
-€ 2.50 (+ € 0.15 provider costs)
-After sending the text, the ticket is valid for 1 hour. The ticket is therefore immediately activated
-Text “DL” to 4884 for the sms-ticket

-1 day of unlimited travel
-€ 7.50 (+ € 0.15 SMS costs)
-After sending the text, the ticket is valid for 24 hours. The ticket is therefore immediately activated.
-Text “DLD” to 4884


Ticket machine, ‘De Lijn’ shop or sale points

It is also possible to buy your ticket at a ticket machine, in a line store or at a point of sale. Here you can buy the tickets that are shown below (note: rates deviate from the prices mentioned above. The cheapest option is via the app).

Ticket: €2,50
Return ticket: €5
Line card 10 rides: €16
Day pass (1 or 3 days): from €7,50
Group ticket (10-30 persons): €1,60 p.p. /valid for 1 hour

Note: do not forget to stamp your ticket at the yellow machines before you get in.

Do you often travel by public transport? Then buy a subscription.


Train ticket

Buying a ticket for the train is very easy via this link or the NMBS app. You can also buy a ticket at the train station itself in Belgium.