All the information you need to know for your stay in Brussels…


Welcome Pack – Hotels – Public Transport – Brussels Walkabout – Belgian law – Security in Brussels

Welcome Pack

We are trying to avoid unnecessary paperwork, and you will find on this page lots of practical information about staying in Brussels and the festival itself. This information will be updated regularly. You can also download the Information Pack here.

Hotels

We recommend that you look for a hotel in the so-called “European Quarter”of Brussels centred around the Rondpoint Schuman and Schuman Metro stop, from which the Feats 2016 theatre, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Cultural Centre is easily accessible by public transport.

We won’t be arranging any group rates as you can get better deals on the internet these days (tripadvisor.combooking.combrussels-hotels.com), but please let us know where you book and we’ll add the names of those hotels to this site so that you can group yourselves together a bit. A few suggestions to get you started:

Sofitel
1 Place Jourdan,1040 Brussels
Find on Google Maps 

TEL +32 (0)2 235 5100
FAX +32 (0)2 235 5101

http://www.sofitel.com

Directions to/from theatre

First Euroflat Hotel
Boulevard Charlemagne 50,1000 Brussels
Find on Google Maps 

TEL +32 (0)2 286 7973
FAX +32 (0)2 230 3683

sales@hoteleuroflat.be

Directions to/from theatre

Holiday Inn, Brussels Schuman
Rue Breydelstraat 20,1040 Brussels
Find on Google Maps 

TEL +32 (0)2 280 4000
FAX +32 (0)2 282 1070

sales@holiday-inn-brussels-schuman.com

Directions to/from theatre

Chelton Hotel
Rue Veronese 48,1000 Brussels
Find on Google Maps 

TEL +32 (0)2 735 2032
FAX +32 (0)2 735 0766

http://www.chelton.be

Directions to/from theatre

For those of you on a budget, you may be interested in the following hostels:

Auberge Sleep Well 
Rue du Damier 23, 1000 Brussels
Find on Google Maps
http://www.sleepwell.be
Centre Vincent Van Gogh
Rue Traversière 8, 1210 Bruxelles
Find on Google Mapshttp://www.chab.be
Jaqcues Brel Youth Hostel
Rue de la Sablonnière 30, 1000 Brussels
Find on Google Mapshttp://www.laj.be/html/en/hostels/brel/aubergesbrel_en01.htm

Public transport

STIB is the organization that runs public transport in Brussels.  You can find out more about the system by visiting their website, which has an English language option:  http://stib.be/index.htm?guest_user=guest_en

There are a variety of tickets available, and they are available as Jump or Mobib tickets.  Visitors to Brussels will most probably want to use the easy-to-purchase Jump tickets.  The single ticket option is always more expensive (€2.50 if bought on a tram/bus, €2.10 if bought elsewhere) than the 5 (€8) or 10 (€14) journey tickets or the 1 (€7.50), 2 (€14) or 3 (€18) day tickets. In addition there are return journey tickets (€4.20) and group tickets (€10) which allows up to 5 people to travel together all day. 

Tickets are available from various outlets, but you can only buy a single ticket on the tram/bus. Some shops sell a limited supply of tickets, but visitors to Feats will be particularly keen to know that they can be bought from:

Kiosk Shops 

  • Schuman Station: Monday-Sunday and national holidays, 6.30am – 9.30pm
  • Gare CentraleMonday-Sunday and national holidays, 6.30am – 10.30pm
  • Montgomery Station, Merode Station:  Monday-Friday 6.30am – 9.30pm

Self-Service Machines

  • Available at a large number of bus and tram stops, including: Schuman, Merode, Montgomery and Tomberg.

All tickets have to be validated at the machines for every form of transport every time you start a journey, and are valid for one hour (unless day tickets). If you change between bus/tram/metro you have to revalidate your ticket.  If you are travelling within the hour you will be registered as in transit, and no extra charge will be made on the ticket. It is very important to verify your ticket as there are police checks run on all forms of transport, and people without a valid ticket will be fined. In some stations, you have to use your ticket to exit.

Disabled Travellers: STIB provides certain services. Please check on  their website for further information.

 

Brussels Walkabout

 

We hope to offer walking tours of Brussels – come back later to find out more information.

Belgian law

Visitors must carry their passport/identity card at all times, and must show this to a uniformed police officer on request.  Foreigners unable to prove their identity may be placed in detention!

Driving

  • Cars must be equipped with rear fog light, fire extinguisher, a red triangle, fluorescent jackets for all travellers and a first aid kit. Proof of insurance, certificate of road-worthiness and driving licence must be carried.
  • The alcohol limit for driving is 0.5 grams/litre max (one glass of wine).
  • The police have the right tostop and breathalyse any motorist.  A delay of 30 minutes before taking the test is permitted.
  • A speeding ticket can be issued on the spot and must be paid within 48 hours.
  • Speed limits: 31mph (50km/h) in the city, 56mph (90km/h) outside the city, and 75mph (120km/h) on 4-lane highways.
  • Front and rear seat belts must be worn at all times. Children under 12 years of age are prohibited from sitting in the front seat.

Security in Brussels

We are all very much aware of the concerns people will have after the recent attacks in Brussels. Last Thursday the official risk level was reduced from 4 to 3 – the level which has been in place for the last two years.

The airport is now open but with limited traffic. The flights to and from Zaventem will gradually increase but full service there is not expected until late June. In the meantime airlines are using other regional airports in Lille, Liege, Charleroi and Antwerp. In all airports security measures have been increased. Public transport to the airport is now running again. In all airports it is now necessary to allow additional time for check in.

Public transport within Brussels has been functioning normally since the day after the attacks except for the Metro. New security measures have been put in place in all Metro stations and a full service is expected from next week.

The areas which have been and continue to be considered high risk are transport hubs and large public meeting points such as shopping malls. In all of these places new upgraded security measures are in place. The theatre where FEATs will take place is in a quiet residential area. The property is owned and run by local government and the technical and administration staff we work with there are employed by the local Authority. We are in close contact with them and will follow whatever security guidelines they suggest to us and currently we have received none. All theatres, cinemas and concert halls are open for business and operating normally.

We cannot of course give any guarantees about security but it is perhaps important to realise that although there is a very visible level of additional security in public places in Brussels, everyone goes to school, work, sport and socialises in their usual way. In this period of recovery the situation is changing daily and we will be following it closely to be sure that we are aware of any advice which we need to follow.