Brussels : Financing / Pricing data

Fares in 2012

Presentation of the fare and ticketing system:

Inside the “administrative borders” of the Region, there is full integration available, each operator having though its own system. Magnetic ticketing is still in use for “full integrated” tickets, with validation tools common to the four companies operating in Brussels.

In 2008, STIB has launched the MOBIB-chipcard that progressively replaces the magnetic ticketing.

Full integrated (“JUMP”) excepted airport busline:

  • 1 way ticket: € 1.80 (MOBIB-card), € 2 (purchased outside vehicle), € 2.50 (purchased inside vehicle)-* 5 trips ticket: € 6.7
  • 5 trips ticket: € 7.50
  • 10 trips ticket: € 11.80 (MOBIB-card), € 13
  • 1 day ticket: € 6

Full integrated season ticket (“MTB”)

  • 1 month: €52 (MOBIB-card)
  • 1 year: € 544 (MOBIB-card)
  • School season tickets also available (12-24 years), according to number of children in the family

Local network (main fares):
season ticket network STIB excepted airport line:

  • 1 month: € 46.50 (MOBIB-card)
  • 1 year: € 487 (MOBIB-card)
  • for 6-11 years: free
  • School season tickets also available (12-24 years), according to number of children in the family
  • for >65 years: free

Season ticket for low income people:

  • 1 month: € 7.90
  • 1 year: € 81

Airport line:

  • 1 way ticket: € 3.50 (purchased outside vehicle), € 6 (purchased inside vehicle)
  • 10 trips ticket: € 25
  • 1 month: € 49
  • 1 year: € 514

Other companies:

SNCB: fare calculated by km; season tickets available, also for SNCB + 1 local operator.
TEC and DE LIJN: zone system; season tic|||||

Supply and Datas 2009

Funding of public transport

Principles of public transport funding:

As owner of the company, the Region compensates the deficit of exploitation; the management contract fixes the rules for calculating the compensation.

The Region finances directly on own budget:

  • underground construction (civil works, equipments, tracks, garages) + renewal of existing equipments
  • tramway extensions
  • right of way construction
  • extension of capacity (rolling stock)
  • compensates current deficit, with inclusion of amortization of fixed assets of the operator
    (Some public works are financed by the federal state based on a cooperation agreement)

The operator finances:

  • operation
  • current operating costs of underground (cleaning, escalators)
  • rolling stock
  • tramway tracks
  • repair shops and garages


  • fare box revenue
  • loans
  • revenues from shops (underground) and publicity
  • compensation (from the Region)

Operations in Millions €Local Bus / Tram / MetroRailRegional buses%
Region 135 nc nc 30
Farebox revenues 205 nc nc 40
Other revenues 117 nc nc 25
Total 457 nc nc 100

Current Developments and Projects

  • The latest governmental agreement (December 2011) foresees the creation of a Metropolitan Community (in which discussions between the 3 Regions will take place regarding mobility, road safety, road works where Brussels is involved) and the transfer of competences to Regions regarding mobility.
  • Mobility plans: Iris2 plan (horizon 2018) was approved in September 2010; PRDD (horizon 2040) is under construction
  • The 3 Regions have signed a political agreement in order to introduce a kilometre charge system for trucks (above 3,5T) and an E-vignette system for Belgian and foreign passenger cars in 2013.
  • STIB: Contracting: 4th contract signed on June 18th 2007; valid till December 31st 2011; its extension is in progress. As from 2010, implementation of access control in underground and pre-underground stations.
  • De Lijn has developed a vision for mobility 2020 with 4 goals in mind (demand, quality, number of passengers and modal switch from car to public transport).
  • TEC: launched in 2008 a second bus line using the emergency lane on the highway between the Walloon Region and Brussels-Capital Region (Conforto and Conforto Bis lines).
  • Infrastructure: completion of line 2 (underground) achieved. Projects at study level: automation of 2 underground lines (by 2020), extension of the North-South axis towards North of Brussels.
  • 1 garage for underground under construction, 1 garage for tramway under construction, garages for underground, tramway and bus under study
  • Rolling Stock:
    • Extension of capacity for underground: 21 trains put into service (94m length); 7 additional in discussion (to be put into service in 2016)
    • Renewal and extension of capacity for tramways: 95 trams (43m length and 32 m length) under delivery and put into service by 2016; order of 8 trams (43m length and 32 m length) in 2013
    • Bus: renewal of 172 bus, put into service by 2016; preparation to order 163 new “clean” bus to be put into service in 2017

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