Chamber tour for individuals

Chamber tour for Individuals

Brussels
 

You are welcome to take a tour to the Plenary Chamber and get information on the European Parliament using the portable multimedia guides.

FAQs - Chamber tour for individuals
 
Is there an admission fee?

No, the visit is free of charge.

 
Do I need to book the individual visit in advance?

No, just come to the visitors' entrance 15 minutes before the start of the tour

 
Can I simply walk in and attend a plenary debate?

A limited number of places are available to attend a parliamentary sitting for one hour. Please note that admission is not guaranteed and depends on availability of places.
To attend an EP plenary sitting (see calendar):

come to the visitors' entrance during the sitting (On Wednesday afternoon from 15:00 and on Thursday morning from 8:30. Please note that on Thursday the session ends at 13H00.)for registration purposes, please bring your passport, identity card or driving licence with you.Visitors must be at least 14 years old.

 
Do you cater for visitors with special mobility needs?

Yes, the European Parliament is accessible to all its visitors, including those with special needs. There are also a limited number of wheelchairs available.

 
Is there also access for guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired?

Yes, the European Parliament is accessible to all its visitors, including those with special needs.

 
Can I take photos inside the visitors' area?

Yes, visitors can take photos and videos. No photography or filming is permitted in the chamber during plenary sessions.

 
Are children allowed?

All visitors must be at least 14 years old. However the Parlamentarium and the chamber tours for individuals are happy to accommodate family groups.

 
Are there security checks?

Yes, your luggage will be scanned and you will have to pass through a metal-detecting gate. The checks are similar to those at airports. Please take your identity cards with you. No photos nor video filming are allowed in the security area.

 
How much time should I allow for a visit?

The multimedia guided tours (chamber tours for individual visitors) take about half an hour.

 
Can I buy souvenirs?

Yes, there is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium which is open every day. There are also gift shops in the visitors' areas but these are open only during parliamentary activities.

 
Is there anywhere to eat?

Yes, there is a cafeteria in the Parlamentarium.

 
How do I get there?

Please check our travel directions section.

 
Is there a cloakroom?

Unfortunately, there is no cloakroom available for individual visitors.

 
Are there car parking facilities?

Public transport is strongly recommended, as there are no parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament.

 
Is there somewhere I can leave my bicycle?

Yes, there is a bicycle stand outside the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament's Visitors' Centre. Please bring your own padlock as we do not supply them.

 
 
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Contact

European Parliament

Visits and Seminars Unit
Paul Henri Spaak Building
Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

Tour times

The multimedia tours are available

September - June:

Monday to Thursday
10:00, 15:00
 
 
Friday
10:00
 
 

July - August:

Monday to Thursday
10:00, 11:00
 
 
14:00, 15:00
 
 
Friday
10:00, 11:00
 
 

Please note that visits are not possible during Brussels plenary sessions, office closing days and public holidays (01.01.2015, 02.01., 28.01., 25.02., 25.03., 02.04., 03.04., 06.04., 15.04., 01.05., 14.05., 15.05., 25.05., 27.05., 24.06.2015)

Travel directions

The Chamber tour entrance 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.

By train

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

 
By bus or metro

The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) is the main public transport operator in Brussels. STIB trams, buses and underground trains 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

Underground
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).

 

Amenities

There are vending machines on floors 0 and 4.
There is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium which is open every day, and one in the visitors' area open only during plenary sessions.

Security

Remember to bring your identity document (an official ID card, passport or driving license). It will be checked at the entrance. You will not be able to enter Parliament without an identity document. You will be directed through a search point and your bags scanned.