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


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; has an office at the airport and in town. Other major car hire companies, including Avis (tel: +32 3 218 9496; and Europcar (tel: +32 3 206 7444;, 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; at Steenhouwersvest 25 for recumbent bikes by appointment. More conveniently, pick up a Velo city bike (tel: +32 3 206 5030; for short hops across town. Many hotels also have bicycles available to their guests.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Rubens

Tucked away in a quiet side street behind the Grote Markt, this stylish 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore the Old Town. A friendly concierge welcomes weary travellers with a refreshing port or sherry, while the hotel’s chic rooms are comfortable, quiet and well-appointed. You won’t go hungry either; their buffet breakfast will set you up for a day full of sightseeing.

Hotel Rubenshof

Next to the Fine Arts Museum, this cheap Antwerp hotel sits in the trendy Zuid district. The building occupies a former cardinal's residence that dates back to 1860, with ornate public areas and 22 tastefully decorated bedrooms.

Hotel Matelote

Matelote is a unique boutique hotel merging 21st century convenience with 16th century architecture. Nestled in the Haarstraat, the building is just a short walk from main attractions like the Grand Palace and its town hall, the River Scheldt and the Antwerp Cathedral. The Fashion Museum and Rubens House also sit nearby, making sight-seeing a breeze. Because it’s a historical site, there is no elevator in the hotel, meaning it does not offer full accessibility.


Firean Hotel

Built in 1929, the Firean Hotel is reputed to be one of the most charming hotels in Belgium. This hotel is an Art-deco mansion that the actual owners restored in 1986. They take pride in offering outstanding quality and service with thoughtful gestures. One of the proprietors welcomes guests upon arrival, acquainting visitors with the space.


Tra Noi

Located in the heart of the fashion district, this superb little guesthouse is owned by Danielle, a friendly lady who has two apartments and a guest bedroom that she rents out at very reasonable rates. Danielle used to work in the fashion industry, so the decor is stylish and slightly eccentric (there’s an antique rowing boat hanging from the ceiling of one apartment), but the city centre location is almost unbeatable.

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.