Brussels is at the heart of the European Union. Along with the European Council and the Commission, Brussels also hosts the Parliament. The EP's committees meet here and Parliament also holds some of its plenary sessions in Brussels. Spend just half an hour in the EU quarter and soak up the ambience... the suits, black cars, take-away coffee and familiar faces from the TV news. It is all there!
No, visits are free of charge
Yes, you need to book at least two months before the planned date of your visit.
No, just come to the visitors' entrance in Brussels 15 minutes before the start of the tour at 10:00 or 15:00 from Monday to Thursday, or at 10:00 on Friday, except during plenary sessions.
A limited number of places are available to attend a parliamentary sitting for one hour. Admission is not guaranteed and depends on availability of places.
To attend a plenary sitting of the EP (see calendar for dates of the sessions in Brussels):
Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available. Please contact us email:firstname.lastname@example.org phone: +32.2.284.4777.
Yes, the European Parliament is accessible to all its visitors, including those with special needs.
Yes, visitors can take photos and film. No photography or filming is permitted in the chamber during meetings.
All visitors must be at least 14 years old. However the Parlamentarium and the chamber tours for individuals welcome family groups.
Yes, your luggage will be scanned and you will have to pass through a metal-detecting gate. These checks are similar to those at airports.
The individual multimedia-guided visit takes about one hour. The group visit lasts one to two hours.
Yes, there is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium which is open every day. There is also a gift shop in the visitors' area which is open only during parliamentary activities.
There is a cafeteria in the Parlamentarium and vending machines on floors 0 and 4 in the Paul-Henri Spaak Building.
Yes, the European Parliament offers tours in all 23 EU official languages.
Yes, for coats and for luggage in both the Parlamentarium and the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. In the latter, it is supervised only during plenary session.
Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament. For coaches, there is a coach drop-off and pick-up area at the junction of rue d'Ardenne, rue Montoyer and rue du Remorqueur.
Yes, there is a bicycle stand outside the Parlamentarium. Please bring your own padlock as we do not supply them.
Parlamentarium - The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Willy Brandt Building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
Visits and Seminars Unit
Paul-Henri Spaak building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
The European Parliament can be reached by bus, underground and train. You can also walk to the European district from the city centre. Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament.
The three main Brussels railway stations - Brussels Midi, Brussels Central and Brussels Nord - are connected to Brussels Luxembourg, which is located 200 metres from the European Parliament.SNCB
The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) is the main public transport operator in Brussels. STIB trams, buses and metros form one network and you can switch easily from one to another using the same ticket.STIBBus
Buses 27 and 38 run from the city centre to Place Luxembourg
Buses 12 and 21 run from Brussels International Airport to Place Luxembourg
Lines 1 and 5 to Maelbeek and Schuman (10 minute walk to the Parliament)
Lines 2 and 6 to Trône (7 minute walk to the Parliament)
Cloakroom and lockers
Vending machines on floors 0 and 4
Gift shop on the ground floor, only during parliamentary activities
Please bring with you formal proof of your identity (an official ID card, passport or driving license). Upon arrival, you will be guided to our security checkpoint where your belongings will pass through a scanner.