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Airport

Airport

Mechelen’s central location makes it very easy to reach from the various airports. Brussels Airport www.brusselsairport.be Phone: +32 2 753 77 53 25 km You can get to Mechelen by train, bus or hire car from Belgium’s main airport, Brussels Airport. The simplest and fastest way is by train. 1. By train: Brussels Airport railway station is on level -1. The Brussels Airport Express leaves for Brussels Central Station four times an hour. From there there are regular departures by train to Mechelen. The journey takes approximately half an hour. But there is more: from June 2012 a new, direct express train link will have you in Mechelen Central Station in just eight minutes! A ticket costs approx. €7. Web: www.nmbs.be 2. By bus: You’ll find the airport bus station on level 0. De Lijn provides a direct bus service to Mechelen station twice an hour, including lines 282, 681, 682, 683 and 686. Bus line 686 only runs on weekdays. The bus journey takes between 45 and 50 minutes. A ticket costs approx. €3. Web: www.delijn.be 3. By (hire) car: At Brussels Airport you will find various car hire companies, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar. On leaving the airport car park, you immediately come to the motorway. Travel towards Antwerp (E19) and take exit 10 (Mechelen-Zuid) or exit 9 (Mechelen-Noord). The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Charleroi Airport (Brussels South) | www.charleroi-airport.com Phone: +32 78 15 27 22 95 km From the low-cost Charleroi Airport you can take the bus and the train to Mechelen. 1. By bus and train: At Charleroi Airport you can buy a ticket which combines the bus to Charleroi-South with the train to Mechelen Central Station. The two ticket- vending machines are located outside the airport, adjacent to Door 2. Your journey will take approximately one and a half hours. A bus and train combination ticket costs approximately €15. The train to Mechelen leaves twice an hour, as does the bus between Charleroi airport and Charleroi-South station. Web: www.infotec.be, www.nmbs.be 2. By (hire)car: Several car hire companies have desks at Charleroi Airport, including Avis, Europcar and Hertz. On leaving the airport car park, take the E42 direction Brussels and then the N5 direction Waterloo or the A54 direction Brussels. When you get to Brussels, take the ring road and then the E19 direction Antwerp. You then take exit 10 (Mechelen-Zuid) or exit 9 (Mechelen-Noord). The journey takes approximately one hour. Antwerp Airport Web: www.antwerp-airport.be Phone: +32 3 285 65 00 25 km You can save a lot of time both on arrival and departure by using Antwerp’s small airport. Distances between the departure lounge and the planes are short which means you can check in up to twenty minutes before your flight leaves. On arrival at Antwerp Airport you can expect to leave the airport building some ten minutes after landing. From there you can easily get to Mechelen by bus and train. 1. By bus and train: Bus 14 will take you from Antwerp airport to Antwerpen-Berchem railway station in ten minutes. A ticket costs approx. €2. From Antwerpen-Berchem station there is a frequent train service to Mechelen, with approximately four trains an hour destined for Central Station. The journey takes between 15 and 20 minutes. A ticket costs approx. €4. 2. By (hire)car: Both Avis and Hertz have desks at Antwerp Airport. On leaving the airport, drive straight on into Vosstraat. At the first roundabout turn left into Deurnestraat. At the end turn right into Antwerpsestraat. After approximately 500m turn left into Jozef Hermanslei, and then right into Frans Van Dunlaan. Then get onto the Antwerp ring-road. Take the E19 direction Brussels. Once in Mechelen take exit 10 (Mechelen-Zuid) or exit 9 (Mechelen-Noord). The journey time by car is approximately 25 minutes.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

Why not explore Mechelen? From one side of Mechelen city centre to the other is approximately 1.50 km, so easily walkable. It takes just 15 minutes from the outskirts to the heart of the city and you can enjoy the city along the way. By bicycle There are several places where you can hire a bicycle in Mechelen. You would be well advised to check in advance that the firm has bicycles available. Bicycles cost approx. €10 a day to hire, but the price varies greatly from one supplier to another. 1. Fietspunt Mechelen Phone: +32 15 21 27 04 Web: www.fietsenwerk.be You can hire a bicycle from Fietspunt on weekdays. Unfortunately it is not open at weekends. You decide how long you want to keep the bicycle this might be anything from half a day to a week. 2. Provinciaal Sport- en Recreatiecentrum De Nekker Phone: +32 15 55 70 05 Web: www.denekker.be De Nekker is open every day, so also at weekends and on public holidays. The sports and recreation centre is located just outside the city ring-road. De Nekker also has tandems and children’s bicycles for hire. You can even reserve your bicycle in advance online. 3. V-Zit Phone: +32 3 213 22 54 Web: www.v-zit.be V-Zit also hires stepper bikes. The firm is headquartered in Antwerp, but you can contact them by phone or email. 4. Fietsen GS (Hombeek) Phone: +32 15 27 29 00 Web: www.fietsengs.be 5. Chamizo (Sint-Katelijne-Waver) Phone: +32 15 21 18 99 Web: www.chamizo.be Chamizo has a good selection of folding bicycles, electric bicycles and tandems. By bus: Mechelen lends itself perfectly to short bus rides. There are even special cheap fares to cover short journeys, a single ticket costing approx. €1.20. A day ticket, which allows you to use the bus as many times as you like, costs approx. €10, a 5-day pass €15. De Lijn operates the regional and city buses. On the regional lines, buses depart approximately once an hour on the urban lines usually every fifteen minutes. There is a reduced service at weekends and during the school holidays. Central Station is walking distance from the Grote Markt, but buses do run between the two locations. Bus numbers 1 to 7 leave from platform one and travel in the direction of the Grote Markt. If you want to go from the Grote Markt to the station, you would do best to take a bus from the Schoenmarkt or Veemarkt. Numbers 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 will take you there. Phone: +32 15 40 87 11 Web: www.delijn.be
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Taxi

Taxi

Taxis are expensive. For a short distance of 5 km you will easily pay €10. But if you are planning to have a drink while you’re out, a taxi is the perfect solution. A TOV ticket enables you to combine the bus and the taxi. You get €2 discount on the taxi journey on presentation of your bus ticket. But note that not all the taxi companies accept the TOV ticket. Web: www.delijn.be At Mechelen station you will find one or more taxis at the taxi ranks near the station exit on Koning Albertplein. There are also parking places for taxis in other parts of the city, but you will not necessarily find a taxi there. You might do best to book a taxi with one of Mechelen’s taxi companies. A.A.A. Ecotaxi Phone: +32 15 33 03 30 Web: https://www.taxiz.be/a.a.a.-ecotaxi.html N-Taxi Phone: +32 15 26 16 10 Web: www.ntaxi.be Snel-taxi Phone: +32 487 35 53 55 Web: www.snel-taxi.be M(etropool) – Taxi Phone: +32 472 20 20 50 Web: http://www.metropooltaxi.be Bens Taxi Phone: +32 15 27 28 08 M3 Taxi Phone: +32 474 25 04 53 KM Taxi Phone: +32 484 03 03 73 San-Taxi Phone: +32 485 34 94 94 Gerrit’s Taxi Phone: +32 15 20 07 22 Taxi United Phone: +32 485 04 10 10 Taxi Mobilis Phone: +32 488 15 00 12 Taxi Flexi Phone: +32 489 57 26 11
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