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Getting around Antwerp

Public transport

Most of Antwerp’s main attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you're exploring beyond the Old Town, the city is extremely well served by public transport, with an extensive, efficient and regular bus and metro network run by De Lijn (tel: +32 3 218 1411; www.delijn.be). A few tram lines run partly underground; this is referred to as the Metro system. Useful trams for visitors are 2 and 15, which run between Groenplaats, at the heart of the Old Town, and the Centraal (railway) station. Most bus lines also begin outside Centraal station.

Options are single tickets (valid for any journey within one hour), SMS tickets (cheaper and ordered via your mobile phone), a 10-ticket Lijn card, a one-day pass, a three-day pass or a five-day pass. These are available from the tourist office and a public transport kiosk inside Centraal station, as well as authorised sellers throughout the city. You can also buy them from the driver, but it's cheaper to buy them in advance.

Taxis

Taxis are one of the most expensive ways to get around the city but, if you need one, Antwerp-Tax (tel: +32 3 238 3838; www.antwerp-tax.be) and Taxi Antwerpen (tel: +32 3 283 8393; www.taxibedrijfantwerpen.be) are both reliable operators.

Driving

Driving around Antwerp can be both infuriating and intimidating. Not only is the centre of the Old Town off limits to cars, but the narrow, cobbled streets surrounding it are a labyrinth of one way systems.

Then there are the trams, which can be a dangerous distraction for motorists who are unfamiliar with sharing the road. Add this to the bikes, buses and expensive parking and you have all the ingredients for a headache behind the wheel.

Those with no alternative but to bring their vehicle would do well to book a hotel outside the city centre and park there. Otherwise, there are privately owned car parks dotted throughout the city. 

Car hire

You won't need a car to get around Antwerp itself but, if you want to explore outside the city, Hertz (tel: +32 3 239 2921; www.hertz.be) has an office at the airport and in town. Other major car hire companies, including Avis (tel: +32 3 218 9496; www.avis.be) and Europcar (tel: +32 3 206 7444; www.europcar.be), have offices in the city centre.

Bicycle hire

Cycling is the favoured method of transport for locals, and they keep a brisk pace in the city’s cycle lanes. There are numerous places to rent bikes. Try De Ligfiets (tel: +32 3 293 7456; www.ligfiets.be) at Steenhouwersvest 25 for recumbent bikes by appointment. More conveniently, pick up a Velo city bike (tel: +32 3 206 5030; www.velo-antwerpen.be) for short hops across town. Many hotels also have bicycles available to their guests.

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Hotel Postiljon

Nestled in the shadow cast by the neighbouring cathedral, this long-established Antwerp hotel offers simple, clean and elegant rooms. It may be small with no frills, but considering its prime location opposite the city’s biggest landmark, Hotel Postiljon offers fantastic value for money.

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel

Less characterful than some Antwerp hotels, though no less luxurious, the Astrid is a towering modern building that borrows elements from older styles. Boasting some 200 rooms of 5-star lavishness, it’s situated directly opposite Antwerp's Centraal station. Guests have full use of the leisure facilities, including a health centre.

Hotel Julien

A short walk from Groenplaats Square, this elegant and cosy Antwerp hotel is a beautiful mix of old and new. The rooms sport minimalist designer décor and all amenities blend seamlessly with original medieval features. Friendly staff preside over the space, and the roof terrace provides sweeping city views.

Leonardo Hotel

Located near Antwerp's Centraal Station, Leonardo Hotel has 96 spacious bedrooms, which are smart, clean and contemporary. The location is great for exploring the diamond district and for onward travel, but not so good for the historic Old Town, which is a fair walk away. But the price is right and the summer terrace is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast.

De Witte Lelie

This former 17th-century canal house is today one of the best boutique hotels in Antwerp. Period features and antiques have been sympathetically fused with contemporary designs to offer guests a comfortable and characterful stay in the city. The 10 gorgeous bedrooms give the hotel a cosy, personable feel, although rooms book up quickly.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town

Boasting the sky-high Cathedral of Our Lady as its next-door neighbour, this five-story fin-de-siècle building was originally the Grand Bazar department store. Spacious rooms are sumptuously decorated with one eye on history, though the flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi keep everything up to date. Drink in the surroundings by taking afternoon tea in the marble-floored lobby.