Planning a Trip
Getting There -- There are two to four trains an hour to Liège from Brussels and Antwerp, one an hour from both Maastricht and Cologne, and one every 2 hours from Luxembourg. In addition, the Thalys high-speed train, arrives via Brussels from Paris and Amsterdam, and direct from Cologne; and ICE high-speed trains arrive from Frankfurt. Belgian Railways train information is available from tel. 02/528-28-28 (www.sncb.be). The city's main station is Gare Liège-Guillemins, rue des Guillemins, just south of the center city. The smaller, more centrally located Liège-Palais station, on rue de Bruxelles, is used by some local and connecting trains.
One of the two main bus stations is in front of Gare Guillemins; the other is right in the heart of town on place St-Lambert. Regional buses arrive from other places along the Meuse, such as Namur, Huy, and Dinant (and from Maastricht in Holland), and from Verviers, which has connections with points in the Ardennes, like Spa and Eupen. Bus information is available from TEC (tel. 04/361-94-44; www.infotec.be).
By car from Brussels, take A3/E40 east; from Namur, take either A15/E42 or the scenic riverside N90.
Visitor Information -- The city's Office du Tourisme is at Féronstrée 92, 4000 Liège (tel. 04/221-92-21; fax 04/221-92-22; www.liege.be), 6 blocks east of place St-Lambert and 1 block back from the river. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4:30pm, and Sunday from 10am to 2:30pm (closed Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, and Dec 25).
City Layout -- The Old Town, which contains most of Liège's sightseeing attractions, and nighttime entertainment in the student-filled Carré district, is on the west bank of the Meuse, bounded by rue de l'Université, bd. de la Sauvenière, and rue Pont-d'Avroy. On the east bank, the Outremeuse (Across the Meuse) district has a big choice of lively bars.
Getting Around -- The city's excellent bus system is not hard to figure out, since many stops have network maps posted. Sightseeing highlights in the Old Town are close together, so central Liège is easily walkable, though traffic can be frenetic. Buses, useful for getting to sights outside the Old Town, cost 1.30€ ($2.10) for a one-way ride. Buy discounted eight-ride "Agglo Liège" tickets for 6.30€ ($10) from booths at major route stops and at the rail stations. Place St-Lambert, an important interchange point, is reached from Gare Guillemins by lines 1, 2, 3, and 4. City bus information is available from TEC (tel. 04/361-94-44; www.infotec.be).
For a taxi, call Liège-Tax (tel. 04/367-50-40; www.liege-tax.be).