Depending on where you will be traveling from when you relocate to Liège, you can arrive by plane, automobile, train or bus.
From Brussels National Airport (Zaventem), most incoming international flights arrive at Brussels National Airport, which is in Zaventem, and located about 100 km northwest of the city of Liège.
Once you arrive at the airport, the easiest way to get to Liège is the train. The train station at the airport is in the basement of the terminal building. You can find connections that run between Brussels Airport and Liège-Guillemins railway station, beginning at 5:41 a.m., and up until 11.59 p.m., with only one change in Leuven or Brussels North.
A single ticket runs between €18 and €19. You can easily plan your journey on the Belgian Railways’ website.
When your flight arrives at night after the trains stop running, you may want to stay in Zaventem, and then, in the morning, opt to take the train.
Keep in mind that the French and Dutch versions of city names might be different, and therefore somewhat confusing. The following should be useful:
French -- Dutch
Bruxelles -- Brussel
Louvain -- Leuven
Liège -- Luik
From the Liège-Guillemins train station, you can take a short taxi ride for about €10 to the city center, or you can opt for a bus for about €2.10.
Located about 100 km southwest of Liège, Brussels South Charleroi Airport offers a bulk ticket for the plane, bus and the train ticket. First, you can take a Line A bus to Charleroi-Sud train station, and then take a train to Liège-Guillemins station. If you don’t purchase the bulk ticket, you can buy a single ticket from the bus driver for €5, and a single train ticket is about €14.30.
By train, Liège is easily accessible from numerous international airports in nearby countries. You can find more information from the railway carriers of each country. Below are a few to get your started.
France: Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF)
Germany: Deutsche Bahn (DB)
The Netherlands: Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)
From many European cities, Liège can be reached via train. There are some direct journeys, as well as those with one or two changes.
From the UK, you can take the Eurostar, with regular connections from London to Brussels. From the Brussels-Midi station, there’s a direct train to Liège. When you purchase the Eurostar ticket, take the "any Belgian station" option, so you won’t have to purchase another ticket from Brussels to Liège.
When you begin searching for student accommodation in Liège, you’ll probably notice that there are no trams or metro lines. However, there are several other options.
Taking the bus is a popular form of transportation in the city, offered by the public transportation company, "TEC". You can purchase tickets at the “Maison du TEC, ” located inside the Liège-Guillemins railway station.
One-day tickets cost €4, allowing unlimited travel in Liège throughout the day. You can also opt for a simple-way ticket, which costs €1,90. You can purchase any of these tickets from the bus driver. However, the most economical plan is to get a monthly subscription for €15 each month.
Additionally, you can purchase travel cards. There are two different types of cards: eight journeys for €8,80 and 12 journeys for €13,20.
Buses Number 1 and 4 go into the city center. Liège-Guillemins station is 15 minutes away by taking buses Number 2 or 3, exiting at the "Hotel de ville" stop.
Taxis are a bit more expensive, but the prices are manageable, especially if you split a car and share the fare. Plus, they operate 24 hours a day and can usually be found around the areas that are popular for nightlife in the late evenings.
As with the rest of Europe, the residents in Liège really like to ride their bikes. Since the buses are so inexpensive, they are also just as popular, but many students like to ride their bikes to see more of the city and to get some exercise. Keep in mind though, that bringing your bike onto the trains can get expensive.
There are also bike-sharing companies where you can rent bikes at a low cost whenever you need one.