Go off the beaten track by cycling in Brussels and explore the capital's many different sides.
Cycling is the ideal means of transportation to free you up to explore Brussels' diverse atmospheres. It lets you take in, admire and experience the capital's ambiance and features while taking advantage of the great outdoors.
Not too fast and not too slow, cycling makes for an easy connexion between the historical city centre and surrounding communities, while offering green spaces, extraordinary heritage, and a whole host of museums and activities to explore.
So, saddle up and enjoy your guided ride through the city!
Stage 1: Where to find bicycle sharing or hiring in Brussels?
Don't want to spend a fortune buying a bike? We don't blame you! Whether you're looking to rent or share, you're spoilt for choice and you can get your hands on a bike wherever and whenevr you like!
Villo! has 350 self-service bicycle stations in the Brussels-Capital Region. Unlimited trips are offered throughout the subscription period for regular or occasional users. Blue-bike lets train travellers finish their trip on a bicycle. Available at the Brussels’ South, Central, North, and Luxembourg SNCB train stations. Shared electric bicycles that adhere to the principle of free-floating are already available in Brussels: Billy Bike (Saint-Gilles start-up). There are no fixed stations to pick up or put back your bike and you unlock the bike with your smartphone via their mobile apps. An easy and fun solution to visit and move in Brussels!
Bicycles for hire
Known for its guided bike tours, Pro Vélo is a reference in bicycle rental. CyCLO offers a unique cycling point in the heart of Brussels. This space - workshop awaits you at the (pre)metro station Bourse / Grand-Place.
Looking for unique models or specialised equipment? You will also find tandem bikes, cuistax, tricycles, and other accessories. Almagic offers bicycles adapted to riders with limited or reduced mobility.
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Stage 2: Maps to guide you through Brussels by bicycle
These precious tools for cyclists and budding bicycle tourists are bursting with practical information like cycle paths, bicycle dealers, and touring route advice.
The "Brussels by Bicycle" guide map
This guide map offers eight themed routes for cyclists of all abilities. Go and explore Brussels, its ambiance, culture, and rich heritage at your own pace. Available in FR-NL-EN at the tourist information offices of visit.brussels for only €2.50.
The Brussels bicycle map
This map covers the biking trails (and their destinations), suggested bike lanes, bicycle parking locations, "Villo!" stations, woodland paths and also offers plenty of advice. You can obtain this map from cycling associations and the tourist information offices of visit.brussels.
Stage 3: What to see and do in Brussels by bicycle?
Without much pedalling at all, you can reach Brussels’ surrounding communities from the city centre. Stop wherever you like to visit a museum or have a drink on a cafe terrace and choose the route that suits your mood best!
Roam through the heart of Brussels
The city centre and the European district offer loads of opportunities for touring and architectural exploration.
Get out of the city centre for a breath of fresh air
The Green Walk is a magnificent 63km course which enables pedestrians and cyclists to do a loop around the Brussels-Capital Region by traversing a number of parks and forests and the city's hidden rustic corners.
The Sonian Forest and its 5,000 hectares of woodland vistas are the green lungs of Brussels. It's a canopy of beech trees, many over two hundred years old, and other distinctly local woods..
The Garden Cities of Le Logis and Floréal are made up of small single-family houses with flowery, tree-lined gardens. The flowering of the Japanese cherry trees in the spring is the ideal time to visit.
Stage 4: Bicycle tours or greeters: take a guided bicycle tour!
Bicycle tours are the perfect way to explore Brussels' cultural heritage. There is a vast array of themed routes to choose from: lifestyle, heritage, green space, history, neighbourhoods, etc.
With Pro Velo and its incredible selection of guided tours, discover the many facets of Brussels.
The Brussels Bike Tour is THE ultimate bicycle tour! From April to October, a guide takes you to see the essential sights of Brussels. It takes all of 3.5 hours, and includes a foodie stop at the famous Chez Antoine chip stand.
Comfortably seated on an electric bicycle, savour Brussels with Once in Brussels. History's major moments and noteworthy figures, along with all of the capital's myths and mysteries will be revealed to you.
With its Weekend Tour, Cactus offers a sumptuous mix of Brussels' must-see attractions and its hidden gems. At the halfway point, the bicycles will be set aside for a little break on the terrace of one of Brussels' pleasant bars.
Explore Brussels in a friendly and original way with a local by using Greeters! These volunteers are passionate about their city and will share their favourite places, stories, and good deals with you during the tour, all free of charge!
Stage 5: Catch your breath
After pedalling for hours, you will definitely want to stop for a rest. Brussels' new trend is cycling-cafés which combine bicycle repair, refreshments, shopping and activities.
Stage 6: Bicycling events not to be missed
Throughout the month of September, Brussels is chock full of green, sustainable, athletic, and fun events. On foot or by bicycle. This autumn the capital of Europe has a new way to get around.
Stage 7: Stop at a hotel
All year round, you can stay in one of the numerous Brussels hotels where cyclists are welcome. They offer their residents services to facilitate their discovery of the surroundings. They offer the possibility to rent bicycles directly on site but also all the necessary equipment for their maintenance if you travel on your own two wheels!