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Brussels, Belgium’s breathtaking capital, sits at the center of European politics as the de facto capital of the European Union. Discover political institutions, renowned chocolatiers, and a surfeit of street art on a bike tour of this capital city that is bound to delight.
Looking past the politics, Brussels’ sublime architecture shines through, revealed in the sensational facades of the Grand Place, the Gothic Notre-Dame du Sablon Church, and the Palais de Justice. The culture here is creative and vibrant - cycle through the Matongé neighborhood, with its blend of Belgian bohemia and African heritage, or immerse yourself in the artistic atmosphere of Sablon and Marolles.
Brussels is also a city of spray cans! Find some of the finest examples of street art anywhere in the world right here in Belgium’s capital, birthplace of Hergé’s famous cartoon creation, Tintin. Your bike tour will be a sensory experience - Brussels is alive with music carried on the breeze, along with the aroma of the famous Belgian waffle! Stop in at a number of authentic chocolate shops and take home the taste of Belgium.
It’s a capital with quirks around every corner, so your bike tour will be full of surprises - not every city can boast a 5000m2 EGG at its heart! An unmissable, family-friendly biking adventure through Belgium’s capital awaits!
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A taste of freedom!
Welcome to Brussels, a city of cyclists! There are more and more cyclists on the roads and their numbers are only going to increase. On this page you'll find the best routes, countless facilities, hotspots and major events for cyclists. Whether you're a seasoned rider or an occasional user, you'll love visiting Brussels on two wheels. It's time to hop on a bike and get pedalling!
The event calendar for bike lovers.
The bike race in the streets of Brussels
The ultimate bike fair
Guided bike tours and much more
Festive tours on rollerblades, bikes...
Car free Sunday
A celebration of soft (active!) mobility
Original bike tours to explore Brussels
To find out about the various possibilities for renting and parking a bike, hit the button below.
With more than 65 cycling nodes over 220km, you can cycle to your heart’s content! Discover the cycling nodes network and the 8 themed routes based on them, to explore Brussels at your own pace!
Brussels' bike hotspots
No-one does urban cycling better then Pro Velo . The organisation plays a key role in the promotion of cycling and is keen to get everyone in the saddle. Besides organising numerous projects, training courses, cycle tours and events, they also run a shop on rue de Dublin in Ixelles. It's the ideal place for repairs, bike rental, buying all kinds of bike accessories, a visit of their bike library or even a moment of relaxation with coffee and biscuits in their cosy corner.
CyCLO Bike Points
Are you looking for a workshop that can help you with any bike repairs or servicing you may require? If so, don’t hesitate to call on one of the seven bike workshops dotted around Brussels. Spread across multiple strategic locations, with four out of seven situated inside railway stations, these repair shops offer quick service, sometimes even allowing you the opportunity to take part in the repair process under their professional guidance!
With a fun atmosphere and competitive prices, these workshops are run by CyCLO , a non-profit organisation aiming to promote the use of bicycles throughout Brussels.
Hors Catégorie is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting cycling in all its forms. They call themselves a base camp for the cycling community and have two addresses. You can visit them at the Volta building in Ixelles from Tuesday to Saturday (some Sundays too) for workshops, bike repairs, exhibitions and a drink. Their shop at DROHME in Uccle is open on weekends, and is an excellent meeting place for cycling enthusiasts.
After a few hours of cycling, you'll definitely fancy some rest and relaxation. The latest trend in Brussels is the bike café, a combination of bike repair, bike shop, snacks, drinks and entertainment. Two great examples in the capital are Tandem and Cyclovia .
Bike-Packer is a Brussels cycling travel agency, based in the Grand Hospice in the capital's city centre. The enthusiastic staff help cycling tourists prepare for their bike tour of Belgium. After all, big trips require a lot of knowledge and material (you need to make a road book with GPX data, transport all kinds of equipment as compactly as possible, repair a puncture yourself...). Moreover, you can hire a first-class bike and equipment from them.
Where to sleep?
Throughout the year, you can stay in one of Brussels' hotels where cyclists are welcome. They offer their residents services to make it easier for them to explore the surrounding area. They offer the possibility of renting bicycles directly on the spot, but also all the equipment necessary for their maintenance if you travel with your own two wheels!
The best cycling routes
Our themed routes
Discover Brussels through 8 walks following the cycling nodes.
Routes through Brussels
Discover 9 routes based on the Regional Cycle Routes (ICRs).
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These bike routes will help you discover Brussels and its suburbs.
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A bike ride along the most beautiful modernist buildings of Uccle. An architectural trail along numerous dream homes with modernist linework.
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Woluwe, the two churches, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Pierre. Two typical communes of the 20th century urbanisation. A more recent heritage than its neighbours.
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Some reviews from our customers.
"The chocolate tour was great and so was the tour guide! We learned a lot about chocolate and it's history. And got to taste some great chocolate! Best we have had!"
"Our guide was really informative, great local knowledge and also had a great frites stop. If you come to Brussels you should definitely do this bike tour!"
"This beer tour really made our trip as we were able to try and experience beers and bars we would have otherwise missed. If you're looking to experience the REAL beer scene then this is a must."
"My husband and I truly enjoyed the One Day in Brussels tour. It was a perfect combination of sightseeing and local food tasting. Loved the waffles!"
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Brussels Bike Tour
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- See all the highlights in 3.5 hours
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- Incl. Waffle & chocolate
- Book now, pay later!
Do our Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour and explore the city within no time. A local English-speaking guide will show you all the beautiful sights of this amazing city and tell you all there is to know about the history and culture in 3.5 hours . Ride your bike along the famous Grand Place Square and experience the city’s atmosphere in a unique way. You will have plenty of time to take pictures and halfway through the tour we will stop for a coffee break. And, the best part? A Belgian waffle and chocolate is included in the tour price. So hop on a bike and enjoy the European capital!
Highlights of the Brussels Bike Tour
- Grand Place Square
- Manneken Pis Fountain
- European District
- Art Nouveau buildings
- Colorful African neighborhood
- Saint Hubert galleries
- Most Beautiful Comic Strip Walls
- Muntschouwburg Castle
- Great view of the city
- Including a 30 minute break with a waffle!
- and much more!
As you ride along Art Nouveau buildings , comic strip walls , the famous Manneken Pis Fountain , you will marvel at all that this capital city has to offer. Known for some of the best chocolatiers in the world and its microbrews, you will discover it all and much more on this informative and fun tour. Plus, you’ll get great views of the city and ride through different colorful neighborhoods.
Book a Brussels bike tour with an English-speaking local guide
Instead of overwhelming you with facts and numbers, your local English-speaking guide will tell you interesting and fun anecdotes of the city. Plus, your guide will be more than happy to give you some insightful tips, which you can benefit from during the rest of your stay.
Pay attention: This is not a flat tour, there are some hills in the route.
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Our advice: Do one of our guided tours, for example the Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour, on your first days in the city, so you can get an overview of the most important spots at the beginning of your trip already.
Brussels Bike Tour: Start your city trip off right with a Baja Bikes tour!
Good to know:
- Online reservation is necessary
- Reschedule or cancel free of charge
- Payment on the spot (cash or credit card)
- Distance: 17 km (10-11 mi)
- Level of activity: Easy-Medium
- Bike rental
- A great experience!
- Time to take great pictures
- Includes a Waffle & chocolate
- Child bikes: available, 20 and 26 inch
- Child seats: on the back, until 30 kg (66 lbs), € 3 fee
- Tandems: one, € 18 fee
- E-bike: available, € 9 extra per person
- Helmet: available
- Bookable from: 2 to 200 participants
- Average group size: 8 participants
- Minimum: 2 participants
- For bigger groups we provide an additional guide
This is why this tour is good for you and the planet:
- Bike tours are eco-friendly and help promote sustainable tourism
- By doing a bike tour, you save 1.5 to 2 kg of CO2 on average compared to a sightseeing tour by bus
- You stimulate the local economy and employment
- You help to invest in a local green infrastructure
- Cycling is healthy and relaxing
- Read more about Baja Bikes & sustainability
- More details will be sent by e-mail after booking
- Parking nearby: Interparking Passage 44
Online booking for the tour is mandatory!
- Price per person € 31 Until 16 years € 24
- Duration 3.5 hrs.
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Cycling Brussels: your ultimate guide
Why go cycling in Brussels?
Cycling in (and around) Brussels is significantly more fun than cycling in most capital cities of the world.
After all, in Belgium cycling is a national passion – and Brussels embraces that.
The city has a huge amount to see and cycling is the way to see it – from architecture and heritage, to green parks and proximity to famous cycling events such as the Tour of Flanders and Ghent Six Day.
Brussels is also a culinary paradise and its cycling friendly credentials are the icing on the cake. Back in 2004, the government implemented a radical new bike action plan. This has taken the city from a standing start into being one of Europe’s more dynamic big cities in terms of bicycle policy. 2021 saw a 20% increase in the number of people on a bike in Brussels!
Want to plan your cycling trip to Brussels?
In this guide we speak to Brussels resident, Frederik Depoortere, who manages Brussels’ mobility cycling policy and is a passionate cyclist. Read on to find out his tips for where to ride, stay and when to visit!
1. Tell us about Brussels’ cycling routes
1.1 geography of brussels.
Brussels is located roughly in the centre of Belgium, with Antwerp to the north, Ghent to the west and Liege to the east. It sits within the region of Flanders , but the border with Wallonia is not far away to the south.
Brussels is a surprisingly green city and one of the most popular cycle paths in Brussels is the Green Belt. It’s clearly signposted and provides a sign posted route in a circle around Brussels. There’s more on this below.
The Brussels Canal runs northeast to southwest through the city and has a big cycle lane alongside it. This really helps access through the city and is an easy geographical point.
The city centre is also criss-crossed by many cycle lanes. Most big roads have a cycle lane and the city is so compact, you can bike across Brussels in a day.
Brussels is currently working on several cycle highways. The highways comprise wide and fast cycle paths in and around Brussels, and they’re nearly finished.
One of the best known is the highway connecting Antwerp to Brussels within a 2.5-hour route – so you can cycle there and back in one day, or make it an extended venture over the weekend.
With it being incredibly easy to get in and out of Brussels on the cycle highways and bike paths, Brussels makes a very good base for exploring.
Cycle Node Network
Brussels’ 220 km of cycle routes are part of the region’s cycling node network. A node is a point where the cycling paths intersect and each node has a number. You can use the nodes to plan a route. The idea is you work out which nodes you want to ride through before you set out, you make a list of them and then you know where you are when you’re out and about.
There are 65 cycling nodes within Brussels alone.
You can use these nodes to plan your own route within Brussels.
More information on the Cycle Node Network here.
Regional Cycle Routes
Bike for Brussels have mapped out nine routes based on Regional Cycle Routes (RCRs). These are a great way to pedal through Brussels and discover delightful places!
1.2 What are the roads like?
Cycling in Brussels is relatively safe and cyclists are treated well. Cyclists can pick between the bike lanes and riding on the road. I generally suggest newcomers use the cycle routes and lanes provided, although if you’re confident you can cycle on roads.
There are few rules to impede getting outside on a bike and lots of active encouragement to do so. For example you can ride two abreast and don’t have to wear helmets or a hi-viz (thought you do have to have lights on your bike).
The government even offers residents courses on ‘riding in traffic’ – an incredibly valuable skill to have when travelling around on a bike. Bike logos have been painted on the roads to show cyclists where to cycle and help encourage them to take an active position on the road and avoid car doors opening on them. Almost all streets are also open to contraflow traffic including one-way streets. This means cyclists can ride in both directions on almost every street, to allow them to avoid busier and unpleasant streets.
Initiatives like this are signs of how accepted cycling is within Brussels and how much the authorities want to continue growing participation.
1.3 What are the must-do cycling routes in Brussels?
The Cycling Node Network and Regional Cycling Routes mentioned above are a great place to start when planning bike rides in Brussels.
Below I also share a few of my favourite cycling routes in Brussels. These are all doable by more experienced cyclists on any kind of bike.
With the Green Belt and a city that’s full of character and public gardens, you won’t be short of routes to explore and things to see!
1.3.1 Inner Brussels – Tour of Brussels’ architecture
1.3.2 Ride the Greenbelt – a 360 circle around Brussels
What to expect, 1.3.3 southwest to pajottenland (towards geraardsbergen), 1.3.4 east to leuven, 1.3.5 south of brussels, 1.3.6 folon foundation and solvay castle, 1.4 what are the key cycling events in brussels, 1.4.1 pro races to watch.
If you’re in Brussels when the Tour of Flanders is on, it’s definitely worth finding somewhere to watch on the course. The event is a national spectacle! You should be able to get to the course pretty easily due to the ease of access due to the cycling infrastructure. It would be a shame to miss such a classic professional race. You can find details here .
In Brussels itself, there’s the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne cobbled classic race in late February each year. You can also catch the Brussels Cycling Classic race in summer-time. It’s another great race to watch live. It was first held in 1937 and goes from Paris to Brussels. There’s more information on previous races and routes here .
Finally, you may remember the Tour de France Grand Départ from Brussels in 2019. What a spectacle!
1.4.2 Amateur rides and events
Dimanche a velo select a surprising and green space on the outskirts of Brussels every month, where experienced guides take cyclists around a slightly sporty, yet relaxing tour of approximately 25-30km.
Alternatively, consider joining a weekend tour for an introduction to Brussels. They’re great for getting to know the diversity of neighbourhoods and the culture. Or join a tour to experience the history of Brussels.
Finally, on the last Friday of the month 2-3,000 cyclists join together for a mass participation ride when the weather is favourable.
There’s more information on cycling events in Brussels here . Key events include the BXL Tour and Car Free Sunday .
1.5 What are the key cycling events in Belgium?
This article would not be complete with mentioning the myriad of other famous cycling events in Belgium (all easily accessible from Brussels):
- Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (late February)
- Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (late February)
- E3 Saxo Bank Classic (late March)
- Gent-Wevelgem (late March)
- Dwars Door Vlaanderen (late March)
- Tour of Flanders (early April)
- Flèche-Wallonne (late April)
- Liège-Bastogne-Liège (late April)
Many of these events also have sportives attached to them, so you can ride one day and watch the pros the other. More inspiration on these here.
2. What are the best cycling hotels in Brussels?
Remember to double-check accommodation bike storage arrangements (and any other services you need) before booking as policies often change.
Visit.Brussels has set up a bike-friendly accommodation scheme to enable cyclists to find somewhere to stay with ease.
The scheme is run by Pro Velo and Visit.Brussels who have created a questionnaire that allows accommodation to certify that they are suitable for cyclists. The accommodation is then inspected.
The criteria includes parking, location near cycle routes, provision of bike repair tools and allowing guests to fill water bottles.
The bike friendly certified hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation are listed here .
3. Are there places for bike hire/bike shops in Brussels?
Prices, services and bike brands often change. Please let us know if anything is incorrect.
Brussels is home to an array of bicycle shops that support the city’s mission to get more people on a bike, whether it be for commuting or fun. You can find a list of Brussels bike shops here . Many also offer bike hire.
For more serious road bikes, Pro Velo and Bike Avenue Brussels are popular options.
Renting bikes for children can be a little more difficult, but if you head to Pro Velo bike Brussels they can assist.
3.1 Bike stations
- Villo! Has 350 self-service bicycle stations in the Brussels-Capital Region, unlimited trips are offered throughout the subscription period.
- Blue Brussels city bikes can be found at the train stations. You can rent them for the day at around 3-4 euros.
3.2 Bicycle tours in Brussels
In Brussels we have volunteers that are really passionate about their city and going green. They’re called Greeters and they offer themselves out as tour guides for tourists riding bikes in Brussels, so they can share their favourite places, stories and good deals with you. And this service is free! Find out more about the scheme here (to book a greeter, click “what is a greeter?” then “book a greeter” and you can then mention bike/cycling in the “centers of interest” and “comments” sections).
Other places offering tours are:
Pro Velo – a very well-established enterprise in Brussels and many other cities of Belgium too, offering cycling tours and a host of other information.
The Brussels Bike Tour – takes you to the sights of Brussels, including a food stop at the famous Chez Antoine chip stand.
Cactus – offer group weekend cycling tours of Brussels as well as small group tours for families, friends and organisations.
3.3 Tourist information centres
Finally, don’t hesitate to pop into any of the city’s tourist information centres where they will be able to provide information on bike tours, bike hire and more. You can find then at BIP Koningsplein, at the Townhall at the Grand Place, in the European Quarter (Station Europe) and at the airport.
4. When to visit Brussels?
I always recommend visiting Brussels in the summer (June to August) as there is so much going on, there are less cars around, less people working in town and you can see the city with its true residents.
The vibe is much more relaxed, summer bars are open and there is always an outdoor activity to take part in. It is also warmer and much more pleasant to be outdoors exploring and taking in the city.
Some Brussels residents (like me!) take their holidays outside of summer, just because Brussels is so fantastic in summer.
During the winter the ambiance is different due to the chilly weather, but the bike paths and routes are still fun to ride. You can combine your visit with cultural events like the light “Bright Festival”, Christmas markets, Banad Festival (art nouveau/deco) and expositions. For more information please check the website: www.agenda.brussels .
5. Any tips for riding in Brussels?
5.1 brussels as a bike friendly city.
The 1958 World Exhibition was the catalyst that led to Brussels becoming a car-infested nightmare. Something had to be done.
The situation slowly started improving once Brussels became its own regional authority in 1989. Brussel’s bicycle policy plan was published in 2004 and this gave a big boost to the long term trend towards cycling.
The 2004 plan has been responsible for a massive increase in cycling in Brussels.
In 2004 only 1% of Brussels’ residents were cycling and since then this has increased yearly by 13%, with a 20% increase in 2021.
Having the ability to use a bicycle in Brussels safely is something the city is very passionate about; they are very keen to build an amazing infrastructure and want cyclists to feel safe when biking in Brussels.
To encourage more cyclists, they have a strong focus on green transport. Brussels has one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe and can now firmly say they are a bicycle-friendly city with their green transport policy.
5.2 Bike cafés in and around Brussels
Cycling, beer and coffee are all very popular in Belgium so you’ll be welcome wherever you stop. However here are a few of my favourite cycling-specific cafes for you to check out!
Marcel Bike Cafe
Cafe Velo Brussels
5.3 Bicycle maps of Brussels
The ‘Brussels by Bicycle’ map, provides eight routes along the Brussels Node Network, allowing inhabitants of Brussels as well as tourists to explore the whole region with ease and fully experience the best of the city. More information on this Brussels cycle map here .
There’s also another ‘Brussels bicycle map’ which covers the cycling trails, suggested bike lanes, bike parking locations, ‘Villo!’ stations and woodlands. Most cycling associations and the tourist information office will have these available. More information on this cycle map of Brussels here .
5.4 Bikes and public transport
You don’t need a car in Brussels because everything is accessible via bike or public transport. The new cycling highway even bridges the ring road, allowing cyclists full access to the city.
Bikes are allowed on trains (though not the international high-speed trains). You need a ticket for your bike, but you can’t pre-book or reserve a space.
Many trains in the summer have a carriage just for bikes, which holds 35-40 at a time. Trains come regularly – usually every 20-30 minutes – so even if you can’t get your bike into one, another won’t be far behind.
Unfortunately trams and buses don’t allow bikes onboard, except for the long-distance Flix buses.
Thankfully Brussels is compact, so cyclists can get from one side to another easily. Brussels is continuing to grow their cycling infrastructure to make it an even better place to cycle. You might notice some of the cycle highways are still being prepared, but this work will soon be done and you won’t fail to notice how incredible it is to cycle around a city so accepting of cyclists.
5.5 Getting to Brussels
Getting to Brussels is fairly straightforward; it has superb air, road and rail connections.
The trip from the airport to the city centre is only 20 minutes. However, it’s through a Low Emission Zone, so if you plan to drive to the city centre from the airport, you should check your car meets the criteria.
Brussels has five main train stations serving the region which are all interlinked, and on top of that there are several international bus companies that provide quick bus transit between major European cities.
A big thank you to Frederik for sharing his insights on cycling in Brussels and to Visit.Brussels for their support with this article.
We hope it helps you have a fantastic time exploring Brussels by bike.
If you’re looking for information on planning a cycling trip to Belgium for the Spring Classics, read this.
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Bike Tour Brussels Highlights and Hidden Gems
Brussels, a city steeped in history and brimming with cultural treasures, holds countless surprises waiting to be discovered. What better way to uncover its hidden gems than through a thrilling bike tour?
As the wheels spin and the wind rushes past, participants are taken on a captivating journey through the city’s highlights and lesser-known corners.
From iconic landmarks to quaint neighborhoods, this bike tour promises an adventure that will leave you wanting more.
So, hop on your bike, embrace the excitement , and let Brussels unveil its secrets one pedal at a time.
This isn't the only cycling tour in the area. Here's a few more of our favorites that you can join
- Brussels: Highlights and Hidden Gems Bike Tour
- Brussels, Green Capital Guided Bike Tour
- 3 Hour Private Bike Tour in Brussels
- Small-Group Highlights of Brussels Bike Tour
- Lively Brussels Highlights Bike Tour
Good To Know
- Competitive pricing starting from $36.83
- Guided ride through interesting neighborhoods and iconic sites
- Opportunity to explore hidden gems and lesser-known neighborhoods
- Bike rental and all necessary equipment provided
It's also worth checking out some other tours and experiences nearby.
- From Brussels: Guided Day Trip to Dinant and Luxembourg
- Luggage Storage Brussels
- Brussels: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour With a Local
- The Alchemist” Brussels : Outdoor Escape Game
Pricing and Value
When it comes to pricing and value, the bike tour in Brussels offers an affordable and worthwhile experience for explorers of all kinds. Comparing prices to other tour options, the bike tour stands out with its competitive pricing. Starting from just $36.83, it guarantees the lowest price for exploring the city on two wheels.
The benefits of affordability are plentiful. Not only does the tour provide value for money, but it also includes bike rental, saving travelers the hassle and cost of finding their own. This allows them to pack light without needing to bring a bike. With all necessary equipment and gear provided, adventurers can simply show up and start pedaling.
The bike tour in Brussels truly delivers an exceptional experience at an affordable price.
Booking and Flexibility
Planning your bike tour in Brussels is a breeze with the easy booking process and flexibility to choose the date that works best for you. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, the convenient reservation system allows you to check availability for your desired date and number of travelers.
Here are some key features of booking and flexibility for the bike tour in Brussels:
Cancellation policy : Enjoy peace of mind knowing that there’s a flexible cancellation policy in place, allowing you to make changes or cancel your booking if needed.
Group discounts : If you’re traveling with a group, take advantage of group discounts to make the bike tour even more affordable and enjoyable.
Easy booking process : The booking process is straightforward and user-friendly, making it easy to select your preferred date and complete your reservation.
Convenient reservation system : The secure payment system ensures that your booking is safe and protected, giving you confidence in your bike tour experience.
With these booking and flexibility options, you can confidently plan your bike tour in Brussels and look forward to an exciting and memorable adventure.
Overview of the Bike Tour
With your bike tour in Brussels booked and your flexibility in choosing the date secured, it’s time to embark on an exciting adventure as we dive into the captivating overview of what this bike tour has to offer. Get ready to explore famous landmarks and hidden gems as you pedal through the vibrant streets of Brussels.
The bike tour takes you on a guided ride to discover interesting neighborhoods such as The Marolles and Saint-Gilles. You’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic sites like the Justice Palace and experience the city like a local. With an expert guide leading the way, you won’t have to worry about getting lost or missing out on any of the highlights.
To ensure a memorable experience, the tour includes a break at a bar or terrace where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views. The best time to embark on this adventure is during the spring or summer months when the weather is pleasant and the city comes to life.
The recommended duration for the bike tour is approximately 3 hours, allowing you to fully learn about the beauty and culture of Brussels. So grab your bike and get ready for an unforgettable journey through this fascinating city.
The bike tour in Brussels includes the rental of a bicycle, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. Here are some key inclusions to expect:
No additional cost for renting a bike : The bike rental is already included in the price of the tour, making it a convenient and cost-effective option for exploring the city.
Hassle-free experience with bike provided : You don’t need to worry about bringing your own bike or finding a rental shop. Everything is taken care of, allowing you to focus on enjoying the ride.
Opportunity to pack light without needing to bring a bike : Traveling light is made easy as you don’t have to lug around a bike. Simply show up at the meeting point and start your adventure.
All necessary equipment and gear provided : Along with the bike, all the necessary equipment and gear, such as helmets and locks, are included. You can ride with peace of mind knowing you have everything you need.
With the bike rental convenience and cost included, this bike tour offers great value for money. Get ready to pedal your way through Brussels and uncover its highlights and hidden gems.
Meeting and Pickup Information
Upon arrival at the meeting point at Grand Hospice, adventurers will be greeted by a guide sporting a recognizable green fluo-jacket adorned with the cactus logo, ready to lead them on an exciting bike tour through the enchanting streets of Brussels. The meeting point at Grand Hospice is conveniently located at Rue du Grand Hospice 7, in the heart of Brussels. This central location ensures easy access for participants from various parts of the city. The guide’s distinctive green fluo-jacket with the cactus logo makes them easily recognizable, adding a sense of excitement and anticipation to the tour. After an exhilarating bike ride exploring the highlights and hidden gems of Brussels, the activity concludes back at the meeting point, ensuring a seamless experience for all participants. With clear instructions and a convenient location , meeting and pickup for the bike tour is a breeze, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure.
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Highlights of the Bike Tour
Set out on a thrilling bike tour through Brussels, uncovering its most captivating highlights and hidden gems along the way.
Explore Brussels’ rich history as you visit its iconic historical landmarks . Marvel at the grandeur of the Justice Palace and learn about its significance in Belgian history.
Enjoy the vibrant local cuisine as you pedal through the charming neighborhoods of The Marolles and Saint-Gilles. Indulge in delicious Belgian waffles, mouthwatering chocolates , and savory frites , experiencing the true flavors of Brussels.
Discover hidden gems that are often overlooked by travelers. Pedal through quaint alleyways and stumble upon charming local shops and cafes.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the city as you take a well-deserved break at a bar or terrace, savoring a refreshing drink while soaking in the beauty of Brussels.
This bike tour promises an adventurous and informative experience, allowing you to truly learn about the heart of Brussels.
Hidden Gems on the Bike Tour
As you pedal through the vibrant streets of Brussels, be prepared to uncover hidden gems that will leave you in awe of the city’s charm and allure. While the bike tour takes you to famous landmarks and interesting neighborhoods, it also offers the chance to explore off the beaten path attractions that are often overlooked by travelers.
One such hidden gem is the hidden courtyard of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Tucked away behind the bustling shopping arcade, this tranquil oasis provides a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Adorned with beautiful flowers and fountains, it’s the perfect spot to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Another hidden gem on the bike tour is the Art Deco gem, Maison Cauchie. Designed by the renowned Belgian architect Paul Cauchie, this striking townhouse is adorned with intricate decorative elements that showcase the elegance of the Art Deco period.
These hidden gems are just a taste of what you can discover on the bike tour. So, hop on your bike and get ready to uncover the lesser-known treasures that make Brussels truly special.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is There an Age Limit for Participating in the Bike Tour?
There isn’t an age limit for participating in the bike tour. People of all ages can join in the adventure and explore Brussels on two wheels, discovering its highlights and hidden gems.
Can I Bring My Own Bike for the Tour Instead of Using the Provided Rental?
Yes, participants have the option to bring their own bike or use the provided rental. Bringing your own bike ensures familiarity and comfort, while the rental bike offers convenience and hassle-free experience.
Are There Any Specific Clothing Requirements for the Bike Tour?
There are no specific clothing requirements for the bike tour. However, it is recommended to dress comfortably and consider the weather conditions. Dressing in layers and wearing comfortable shoes are suggested for an enjoyable and adventurous experience.
Can I Join the Bike Tour if I Have Limited Biking Experience?
Yes, beginners with limited biking experience can join the bike tour. The expert guide will provide tips and guidance to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.
Is There a Maximum Number of Participants for the Bike Tour?
There is no age limit for the bike tour and the maximum number of participants varies depending on the group size. It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to explore Brussels together.
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Get set for an unforgettable adventure through Brussels on a thrilling bike tour! With affordable pricing and value-packed inclusions, this tour is perfect for individuals or groups looking to discover the highlights and hidden gems of the city.
Led by an expert guide, you’ll explore famous landmarks and lesser-known neighborhoods, all while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of bike rental.
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Cycling in Brussels
Cycling in Brussels is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore more of this part of Belgium. So you can find your perfect Brussels bike ride, we’ve reviewed our full collection of cycling routes in the region to deliver the top 10. Just click on each route to see a full breakdown of detailed information including elevation profiles and surface analyses, and browse real tips and photos uploaded by other members of the komoot community.
Top 10 cycling routes in Brussels
L'atomium – chemin forêt de soignes loop from uccle-calevoet - ukkel-kalevoet, forêt de soignes - zoniënwoud – chemin forêt de soignes loop from schuman.
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Park tervuren – park van tervuren loop from merode, park tervuren – voerpad - pad langs water loop from joséphine-charlotte, superbe piste cyclable – moulins de ruysbroeck loop from ribaucourt, domaine solvay – château de la hulpe loop from gribaumont, parc du cinquantenaire – park van tervuren loop from germoir - mouterij, canal de bruxelles – zeekanaal, brussel loop from yser - ijzer, chemin forêt de soignes – bois de la cambre loop from bruxelles-chapelle - brussel kapellekerk, bois de la cambre – bois de la cambre loop from albert, brussels's best cycling routes on the map.
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Easy cycling trip on relatively flat terrain, some stages will have a more winding character but still suitable for people with little or no cycling experience. Daily cycling distances span roughly 30-70 km.
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Bike Tour: Brussels - Bruges - 8 days
Follow the Flemish Masters on a linear cycling tour to the most beautiful towns in Belgium, admiring the grand painters’ artwork in Brussels, St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, KMKSA and Rubens’ House in Antwerp, St. John’s Church in Mechelen and Groeninge Museum in Bruges.
In between, you’ll ride through ever-changing landscapes, with riverside stretches and sign-posted routes.
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Arrange for an early arrival and take a moment to settle in, then head for the Grande Place. Meet the Manneken Pis, munch on waffles and chocolate and quench your thirst with a pint. It all comes together in Brussels, a city created specifically for culture vultures and shopaholics, gourmets and gourmands alike!
Take time to see a bit more of the Grande Place, then set off for Tervuren, known for the Royal Aftica Museum. Rolling along tree-lined country lanes, you pedal past ponds and parallel the river. Woodlands, meadows and farmed fields lead to Mechelen, one of the smaller Flemish towns, yet large on beauty.
Stop in Sint-Kathelijne-Waver for an exquisite surprise. The convent-school of Our Lady of Wavre sports a successful blend of architectural styles: art nouveau, neo-Gothic, neo-Empire and art deco. Plus the wonderful winter garden, an ode to nature, springtime and light! Cycle onward via Duffel, situated on the River Nete. Pause for a bit of military heritage at Mortsel’s 19th-century brick-and-sandstone Fort no. 4. Crown your day in Antwerp with a wander around the city. Shop for antiques or vintage fashion finds and drink in the traditional brews, whether coffee or beer!
Let the River Scheldt lead you to an encounter with the 10 th -century Wissekerk Castle near Kruibeke. Further ahead, ford the river by ferry and pedal along the dike to De Zilverreiger, the regional museum depicting local trades and crafts, such as basket weaving, river fishery, cooperage (barrel making), flax processing and clog making.
Back on the banks of the Scheldt, cruise past a string of Flemish sites. Take a break in Dendermonde, with its town hall, belfry and church with an 11 th -century baptismal font. Linger at Laarne Castle then continue on to Ghent, a veritable open-air museum and UNESCO Creative City of Music. The thriving local scene includes concerts, festivals, a carillon and singing in the streets… music is absolutely everywhere. After dark, Ghent glows with a magical ambience thanks to its ingenious lighting plan.
Head west into rural Meetjesland, a cyclist’s paradise of woodlands, meadows and farmed fields. Enjoy easy pedalling across flat landscapes, and stretch your legs with a stroll round the sculptures in Eeklo. The Het Leen and Drongengoed forests await. If you have extra energy at the end, take a sign-posted walk among the heather in Maldegemveld nature reserve.
Cut across the flat Flemish countryside and glide through quiet villages such as Knesselare, Maria-Aalter and Moerbrugge. On the last stretch, marvel at one of Belgium’s oldest waterways, the 14 th -century Ghent-Bruges canal. This green corridor together with its towpath verges provide habitat vital to preserving biodiversity. Top off the week with an evening in Bruges, a Belgian jewel of medieval facades, cobbled lanes and a fairy-tale atmosphere.
After breakfast this morning, your holiday comes to an end and it’s time to return home.
Fridays and Sundays from April 2nd to September 22th.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain accommodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a comparable alternative.
Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike
Our hybrid bikes are aluminum bikes and have 27-gears
Assembly: Shimano Deore
Brakes: Shimano V Brakes (hand brakes)
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon
Saddle: Selle Royal Freedom
Pedals: flat pedals (XLC)
Weight: circa 16,5 kilo
The e-bikes are Freebike Harlem or similar. The bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine.
Assembly: Shimano Nexus 8 gears
Brakes: Shimano hydraulic discbrakes
Handlebars are adjustable without any tools
Pedals: Flat pedals
Saddle: Velo Comfort
Range battery: ca. 100 km (with normal use)
Weight: ca. 25 kilo.
For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm). The bikes are Oxford Kick-Off bikes or similar, we also use child mountainbikes as child bike.
Assembly: Shimano 7 gears
Brakes: Shimano V-Brakes (hand brakes)
Pedals: flat pedals
Weight: 13,3 kg (24 inch) or 13,9 kg (26 inch)
The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm.
All our rental bikes come with a bell.
All our adult bikes come with hand brakes.
For children up to 30 months old (max. 15 KG) it is possible to rent a front child seat. This is not possible with e-bikes, due to the display.
For children older than 30 months (max. 22KG) it is possible to rent a rear child seat. This is also possible with e-bikes.
Helmets are not mandatory in Belgium, but can be rented for €15,- per piece.| Available sizes: Adult: 54-61cm, Child: 50-55cm.
All our bikes come with both front- and rear lights. You need to push the button on the lamp and it will flash three times. This means that the lights will automatically start working when it gets dark.
When you push again, the lamp will flash one time and the lights will be turned off.
Our bikes come with a defender lock with plug in chain (cable lock that is attached to the regular lock, see picture).
You need to turn the key a bit, take out the pin from the cable lock and attach it to a pole/other bike/fence etc.
When you push the pin back into the regular lock, you need to lock the regular lock as you always do, and both locks will be secured.
1 pannier is included at the 'standard' bikes and the e-bikes.
Height: 42 cm Depth front to the side: 17 cm Wide top: 32 cm Wide down: 23 cm Volume: 20 liters It has an easy click-on/click-off system. The panniers are water resistant, so everything will stay dry.
The rental bikes come with regular pedals, so no click-in/SPD pedals.
All our bikes come with a quick release system, which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the saddle and the handle bars.
There is one small puncture kit included, which can be found in the pannier. In case a rental bike has another problem, we always advise you to go to a bike repair shop or call the bike breakdown emergency number which is provided in the travel documents when you book this extra service.
Saddles can be adjusted in height without using any tools, see ‘Quick Release’. Our saddles don’t come with a gel cover.
Dutch Biketours does not provide water bottles. We can also not guarantee that there are bottle holders on the bikes. You will always receive 1x pannier, so you can always store your water bottle in your pannier.
We have a limited amount of tandem bikes available on request. The tandem bikes are steel Victoria Special 8.7 or similar. Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only.
Assembly: Shimano Acera 24 gears
Brakes: Magura HS11 (hand brakes)
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus
Saddle: Selle Royal Rio Plus SR 8020
Weight: ca. 28 kg
We have limited family tandem bikes available on request. The family tandems are made of aluminium and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.
Assembly: Shimano (8 gears)
Brakes: V-Brakes (hand brakes)
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon plus
Saddle: Selle Royal Rio
A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.
Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total).
We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer. Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.
Bike Breakdown Pass
Mile after wonderful mile of untroubled cycling is what we would wish our clients. However there is a minimal chance of breakdown along the way. If this thought is a nagging worry to you, a Bicycle Breakdown Assistance insurance policy may ease your mind. If you buy this insurance from our partner FietsNED in advance, their service is as follows. If your bike breaks down by the roadside a FietsNED bicycle repair man will drive to you in his repair van and fix your bike so you can continue your tour.You won’t have to pay him repair costs. If you are cycling on your own bicycle you will be charged for any new spare parts your bike may require. If you are renting a bicycle through Dutch Bike Tours any new parts are at our expense. If it turns out the bicycle cannot be repaired on the spot, or if you don’t wish to continue cycling, the repairman can drop you off somewhere in his van. One companion plus bikes may join you in the van.
The Bike Breakdown Pass is €2,75 per day per bike and can only be booked for every participant in a booking.
Bike Theft Insurances
Do you wish to insure your bike against theft? The cost is € 3,- per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle, premium bike or racing bike: € 6,00 per day per bicycle. Please see the General Terms and Conditions for Bicycle Hire and Insurance.
If a rental bike gets stolen or damaged, we will hold the client responsible. If your insurance does not cover this event, you will have to pay the costs yourself.
General Terms and Conditions
Article 1 Bike Rental Price
The bike rental price is determined by the rates mentioned on the Dutch Bike Tours website at the time of the booking; or as subsequently agreed.
Article 2 Payment
a. The rental price and any other due sums regarding the rental agreement must be paid before the bike is handed over to you.
b. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make use of the bike(s) you have rented, Dutch Bike Tours will not be held responsible for any resulting expenses or damage.
c. In the case of the article 2b, the client remains obliged to pay the full rental price and any other amounts mentioned in the invoice, in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions of Booking, unless the client can prove that his not being able to use the bike was the consequence of a defect that was already present at the beginning of the rental period.
Article 3 Rental Period
a. The rental period runs from the morning of the first cycling day (day 2) to the end of the holiday (the departure day), as stated in the booking confirmation.
b. Extension of the rental period is possible only after approval by us and according to the (extension) rates as mentioned in article 1.
c. No refunds are possible after the rental period begins. If you return the bike(s) to us before the end of your holiday, the rental agreement will automatically be terminated and you will not get any of your money back.
d. At the end of the last cycling day of your holiday, the bike(s) must be returned to the hotel from where it was/they were issued, no later than the time stated in the booking confirmation. If you book a one way tour tour you can leave the bike at the last hotel of the trip.
e. If the bike(s) is /are not returned by the return time stated in the booking confirmation, we will continue to charge you rent until such time as the bike(s) is/are returned to us or is/are received by us. In the event of late return, the rates as mentioned in article 1 will continue to apply, plus a fine of €25 per day. We also reserve the right to demand payment for any costs and/or damages suffered by us due to late return of our rental bike(s).
f. Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, in the event of late return of our rental bikes, we reserve the right to dissolve the rental agreement without judicial intervention and immediately claim back our bicycles where ever they may be and from whomever has them. Dutch Bike Tours also holds this right in the event that the client does not comply with any of the other conditions stated in this rental agreement.
Article 4 Improper Use
a. The bicycle(s) may only be used for its/their intended purpose and only by the cyclists listed in the rental agreement.
b. The bike(s) must be returned to us in the same (clean!) state in which you received it/them.
c. You must take excellent care of the bicycle(s), as if it/they were your own. You must take every precaution against damage, loss or theft.
d. The bicycle may not be used on the beach; or on sandy paths in the dunes unless a paved path is unavailable.
Article 5 Damage, Loss and Theft
The renter will be held responsible for damages to or loss of the bicycle(s) or parts of it, as well as bicycle keys and chains and locks, for such an amount as is determined by us according to standard market prices. You must understand that you are not insured for damage to the bicycle(s) or for any damages to third parties.
Article 6 Theft Insurance
It is possible to purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance. Covered are: damages arising out of the theft of the bicycle; and damages to the bicycle as a consequence of the theft. Not covered are: theft of bicycle parts; and damages arising out of attempted theft.
Article 7 Theft Insurance Premium
a. The premium for Bicycle Theft Insurance is € 3,00 per day per standard hybrid bicycle. For an electric bicycle € 6,00 per day as well for a Premium bike and racing bike.
The number of insurance days is the same as the number of cycling days as stated in our booking confirmation.
Article 8 Liability in the Event of Theft
a. If you did not purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us before the start of the holiday, you will be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
b. If you did purchase Bicycle Theft Insurance from us, but you failed to lock the wheel lock and failed to produce the original wheel lock key and failed to produce an official theft report drawn up by the police, you will still be held fully accountable for the sum determined by us according to standard prices.
Article 9 Costs During the Rental Period
Any charges and taxes regarding the rental bicycle(s), such as fines and ferry tickets, are to be paid by you. You will also be required to pay all costs ensuing from the use of the bicycle(s) such as parking fees, maintenance and repairs.
7 nights included
3/4 Star hotels
Tourist tax included
Breakfast included, half board optional
Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information
Rental bikes available
7-days a week service hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Parking available at the hotel
Ferry crossings are not included
Mentioned prices are subject to change.
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The nearest airport is Brussels Airport (BRU).
The train journey from Brussels airport to Brussels city centre takes approximately 25 minutes. Your hotel is within walking distance of Brussels Central station.
Bruges is the final destination of this trip. You can take the train back to Brussels, or travel from Bruges to the nearest airport: Brussels Airport (BRU). For timetables and tickets: train . For timetables and tickets: bus .
We loved the trip. Flawless organization, great accomdations, and a well though route through great cities, lovely villages, and bordering rivers, canals (the ferry transfer was a nice touch), and fields. Once you get your stride, it is very liberating to know Belgium at your own pace, covering a lot of ground and relaxing at the same time. Belgium is a dense country so it is just perfect for this kind of trip. In a matter of minutes the landscape changes from medieval village to canal to horse farms to park. Congratulations for the organization, and thank you a lot!
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Hi fellow travellers
I quite like the look of the UTracks tour or the tours done by Belgian Bike Tours .
Does anyone have any feedback on the good and bad of these companies ? Or ones they can recommend through experience ?
Looking forward to your advice and help - thank you :))
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I have no ideas about tours but on this site you can create your own cycling route
There is also this: https://www.groteroutepaden.be/nl/fiets/fietsroutes
Thank you maenan, much appreciated!!
We were looking at tours more because this will be a portion of a longer trip so we would need our luggage transported between overnight stops.
I will enjoy reading about the various routes though :))
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