From 4 to 7 July, Brussels will host the Grand Départ du Tour de France 2019. During this event, major traffic disruptions are expected. A “mobility plan” has thus been issued by the Tour organisation.
If you have the opportunity, avoid taking the car at all costs! The Tour is expected to attract more than a million visitors, so the city of Brussels will be completely paralysed. In addition, the Leopold II tunnel and Brugmann Avenue will be closed due to construction work. So choose public transport (especially the underground metro), which will be free for the occasion. SNCB has also planned 40 additional trains, both to Brussels and back.
Here is an overview of the expected disruptions:
Thursday, July 4th:
Place des Palais closed to traffic
Friday, July 5:
Disruptions due to final preparations
Saturday, July 6:
Route 1st Brussels stage
Sunday, July 7:
Time trial course
On Sunday, the main entrances to Brussels via the motorways will be closed. This includes the A12, E40 and E411. If you absolutely have to drive to Brussels, opt for the Ring and prepare for long queues. Also, don’t count on taking taxis, which will be affected in the same way as cars.
Currently, the Tour’s organisation sends personalised letters to the inhabitants of Brussels. For good reason, it will be forbidden to park in certain spots so that the race can take place as smoothly as possible.
For more information about how the Tour de France will affect traffic and public transport, click here.