Back in service: the Brussels Waterbus

Starting this week, passengers can again take the Waterbus between Brussels and Vilvoorde through the canal. Weekly operations come first, from July the service is extended to the weekend. 

From 2 May to 31 October, the Vivaldi Waterbus will run every weekday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and between 1 July and 15 August seven days a week during the same hours.

Yearly 40 000 passengers

The stops are: Sainctelette, the Van Praet bridge, Neder-over-Heembeek, the Cruise Terminal in Brussels, Parc Three Fountains, and Vilvoorde-Center. The price is 3 euros, and 1,5 euros for children under 12.

Inaugurated in 2013, the Waterbus travels at an average of 12 km/h and with rigorous punctuality. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the ferry transported more than 40 000 passengers a year. But the pandemic restrictions slashed those figures in half.

Ferries gain popularity

Statistics from the Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (MDK) reveal that mobility over water is becoming increasingly important in Flanders. Last year, more than 4,6 million passengers used the 24 ferry services across Flanders.

The MDK organizes water-bound passenger mobility at eight different locations in Flanders, such as De Waterbus in Antwerp. The Vlaamse Waterweg NV is responsible for sixteen ferry services.

There are ferry services that only transport cyclists and pedestrians and others that also allow the crossing for cars and trucks. In addition, some ferries are used mainly for commuting and others more for recreational travel.

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