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Waterbus is back, and with more room for bikes

16:53 03/05/2021

The seasonal waterbus that runs on the Brussels Canal from Vilvoorde to Saintctelette is back in business as of today. More space for bicycles has been introduced this year.

The waterbus runs between the Steenkaai in the centre of Vilvoorde to Avenue du Port in Brussels, just north of Saintctelette. The service, popular with commuters, is available from May to October every year.

According to Guido Moens of Water and Kanaaltochten Brabant, which runs the service, it is being used more and more by locals and tourists alongside the regular commuters. “So we have increased capacity for bicycles this year,” he told VRT. “There are more cycle racks on the bus.”

The cute, little ferry can usual accommodate up to 120 passengers, but that is reduced to 60 in keeping with coronavirus regulations. The waterbus is a form of public transport and must comply with Covid measures. Passengers must practice social distancing, wear facemasks and disinfect their hands. “We hope that these measures will relax soon and that we’ll be able to welcome more passengers on board,” said Moens.

The waterbus has five stops between the centre of Vilvoorde and Sainctelette, including the cruise terminal in Neder-Over-Hembeek and the Van Praet bridge at the Royal Domain of Laeken. It departs in each direction four times a day from Monday to Friday. In July and the first half of August, the waterbus will also run at the weekend.

A one-way trip taking in both zones is €3 per person, and bikes cost €1. Tip: If you’re getting on at one of the mid-stops, stick up your hand, like you do for a regular bus.

Photo courtesy Waterbus


Written by Lisa Bradshaw