On Sunday 15 August, on Mother’s Day, the Rubens Market will take place in the city centre. Between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., there will be no traffic on and around Grote Markt (Suikerrui, Ernest Van Dijckkaai, Plantinkaai, Grote Markt and Kaasrui). The best way to get to Antwerp is on foot, by bike or by public transport. If you come by car, we recommend that you change to one of the P+Rs on the outskirts of the city. Use the multimodal route planner on our website or app to work out the smartest travel advice.
Are you coming on foot?
The event takes place in the historic centre around the Grote Markt. This area is easily accessible on foot via Suikerrui and Groenplaats.
Are you coming by bike, scooter or footbike?
Map out your route with the multimodal route planner on our website or app. Commuting to the centre is easy by (shared) bike, (shared) scooter. The Velo-stations Grote Markt, Het Steen and Wolstraat are closest to the event zone. Keep in mind that the supply of the Velo stations along the route can be hindered.
Are you coming by public transport?
Tram and bus
The Rubensmarkt is only a few minutes walk from the Groenplaats stop. You can find more information about the timetable and travel route on the De Lijn website.
Buy an M-ticket via the De Lijn app before boarding the bus or tram. An M-ticket costs € 2 and is valid for 1 hour. Or text “DL” to 4884. You will receive a confirmation and an SMS ticket. This SMS ticket is valid for 1 hour on all De Lijn trams and buses and costs €2.50 (+ €0.15 operator costs).
Take the train to Antwerp-Central. From Antwerp-Central you can walk to Grote Markt and the Scheldt quays via De Keyserlei, Meir and Groenplaats (about 20 minutes walk). In Antwerp-Central you can also take the pre-metro line, , or Take the direction Linkeroever until the Groenplaats stop. This stop is close to the event.
Visitors from East and West Flanders can get off at Antwerp South station. In Antwerpen-Zuid you can take the tramto the Groenplaats.
During the weekend and on public holidays, SNCB offers a special weekend ticket . This gives you a 50% discount on your train ticket. For each fare-paying passenger, 4 children under 12 travel for free. More information about timetables and tickets can be found on the SNCB website.
Are you coming by boat?
From Linkeroever you can get to Rechteroever quickly and easily with the Sint-Annaveer. The ferry is free and leaves from the pontoon on the left bank in the Thonetlaan. More information about the St Anne’s Ferry.
Take the DeWaterbus from Hemiksem or Kruibeke to Steenplein in Antwerp. Or combine the route with the ferry services Hoboken-Kruibeke and Basel-Hemiksem. A return trip costs €5 and can be purchased on board of DeWaterbus. More information about DeWaterbus.
Are you coming by car?
If you want to drive into the city centre by car, you should bear in mind that the Rubensmarkt is in Antwerp’s low-emission zone. All information about the low-emission zone can be found on our website. Leave your car at a Park and Ride and take the tram further. Or take the(velo-) bike from the P+R and ride to the start zone. Plot your route using the multimodal route planner on our website or app.
P+R Merksem – P+R Melsele
P+R Linkeroever – P+R Bosuil
P+R Linkeroever – Eksterlaar
P+R Linkeroever – P+R Boechout
Do you live around here?
To ensure that everything runs smoothly and to guarantee the safety of visitors, certain zones will be made parking and/or car-free during the build-up and the event. The build-up starts on Sunday 15 August at 3am and the dismantling ends the same evening at 11.59pm.
The following zones will be made parking and car-free:
- Grand Place
- Ernest Van Dijckkaai (from the parking of the Grote Markt)
- Plantinkaai (until the Steegsken)
So park your car in time somewhere else. Also keep in mind that you can’t reach your house during the market
or leave by car. The underground car park of the Grand Place remains accessible and the Apcoa car park on the
You can reach the Ernest Van Dijckkaai via the entrance of the bus parking at the Plantinkaai. An overview of all parking bans is also available online.