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Brussels Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Hop on the Brussels sightseeing bus to discover all that the city has to offer without getting too tired. All this while listening to a very complete guide on the most emblematic monuments and buildings!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

4 min read

Brussels Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Sightseeing bus through the streets of Brussels | ©Carl Campbell

Time is one of the most precious resources when traveling. The goal is to make the most of it and a tourist bus pass will allow you to see all of Brussels in less time, comfortably and learning about the city.

1. The best tourist bus in Brussels

Royal Palace| ©Chris Yunker
Royal Palace| ©Chris Yunker

The best option is the City Sightseeing bus, which you can access by purchasing a one or two day pass for the Brussels sightseeing bus. It is a double-decker bus that has two different routes covering the entire city. You can buy a pass for unlimited use for 24 or 48 hours and it has audio commentary on board.

How it works

The Brussels sightseeing buses are based on the concept of "free stops". This means that for the duration of your pass**(24 or 48 hours**) you can hop on and off as many times as you want and at as many stops as you want. This means that you can use the tourist buses to take a guided tour of the city or simply to move without detours between the different points of interest in Brussels during your visit.

My recommendation

My recommendation is that, at least once, you take each of the routes in its entirety while listening to the audio commentary to experience the panoramic views of the city in comfort.

Interesting details

All buses are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The experience is designed to save time and gain in comfort, but also to avoid long walks between the different museums or monuments of Brussels, something that is especially appreciated if you travel in winter and can escape the low temperatures on board the bus.

2. Where to buy and how to use the Brussels sightseeing bus pass

Sablon district| ©William Murphy
Sablon district| ©William Murphy

The reservation

You can choose between a one or two day pass for the Brussels sightseeing bus and you can buy it online. When booking, enter the date on which you plan to start your trip. This date will serve as a reference for cancellation, but not for activation of the voucher.

That is, if your plans change, you can cancel your pass up to 24 hours before the date you plan to travel, but once you receive the voucher in your email, regardless of the date you have set, you will have 12 months to activate it.

The activation

The activation of the voucher or pass for the tourist bus is done with the first use. From then on you have either 24 or 48 hours to use it as many times as you want. To get the most out of it, I recommend that you activate it first thing in the morning. You only have to show on board the bus the voucher that will be sent to your email.

3. The routes

Atomium| ©Christian K.
Atomium| ©Christian K.

Each of the Brussels sightseeing bus routes covers a different area of the city with the second route focusing on one of the main monuments of Brussels: the Atomium, further away from the center. With both the 24-hour pass and the 48-hour pass you will have unlimited access to both routes.

At each of the stops you will find a map with the exact location of the stops within each zone. You can also request it from your driver or have it emailed to you once your reservation is confirmed. In any case, all stops are easily identifiable.

Both routes have on-board audio commentary available in English, German, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, German, French, Russian, Dutch and Spanish. All buses on both routes also have panoramic views and two floors.

Main route: the Europa Tour

  • Brussels Central Station
  • The Royal Palace
  • Zavel or Sablon district, known for its elegant bars, restaurants and chocolate shops.
  • Palace of Justice
  • Museum of the architect Victor Horta
  • Flagey Square
  • The Parliament
  • Leopold Park
  • 50th Anniversary Park, next to the Art and History Museum
  • Schuman train station

Atomium Route

  • Brussels Central Station
  • Rogier Square
  • Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
  • Atomium Square
  • Renné Magritte Museum
  • National Basilica of the Sacré Coeur in the Koekelberg area
  • Dansaert district, full of restaurants with pleasant terraces
  • Brussels Stock Exchange
  • Les Marollen district, ideal for partying
  • Manneken-Pis, the famous statue also known as "the little man who urinates".

Ana's Traveller Tip

Let yourself be surprised by the city: start the route at any stop without planning anything and get off when you pass by a monument that catches your attention.

4. If you are interested in a tour in the Brussels tourist bus, you will also be interested in

Discover Brussels on one of its guided tours| ©Dennis Jarvis
Discover Brussels on one of its guided tours| ©Dennis Jarvis

Riding the Brussels sightseeing bus is like taking a city tour, but if you want to complement it with a walking tour you have many options available in this article on Best Tours and Day Trips from Brussels.

The commentary on the sightseeing bus will give you the more historical and objective viewpoint, but the guided walking tours led by a local guide will tell you about the less official history of the city including its legends and customs. Doing both activities is the perfect combo to bring back from your trip with you information and knowledge that will last as long as the visual memory of the highlights of Brussels.