RIVER MEUSE CRUISES, WATER BUS and FERRY
The wide, majestic River Meuse flows through the Province of Liège after crossing the Ardennes. It offers visitors an unusual way to explore the Province on river cruises. There is also a water bus to get from A to B in Liège and a ferry across the river between Eijsden in the Netherlands and Lanaye in Belgium.
The Liège Tourist Information Centre has set up a single webpage for more information and bookings for all the activities mentioned below. Clic here.
Each of the six stops along the Meuse offers access to a variety of attractions
LIÈGE WATER BUS
The water bus is used by residents and visitors alike to avoid traffic jams and to get across the city of Liège efficiently and cheaply. Its route has six stops between the Fragnée bridge and Coronmeuse, which are convenient for the major museums and tourist sights of the historic city centre.
The water bus service is assured by a brand-new boat, Le Frère Orban, built in Maastricht and able to carry up to 75 passengers, with two decks for boarding at the various stops along the river. It has an electric motor, making it much quieter and less polluting than the boat it replaced. The captain has 360° visibility from the bridge and the passenger deck has covered and open-air seating.
RIVER CRUISES FOR GROUPS FROM LIÈGE ABOARD THE PRINCE ALBERT
A cruise is the perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing by relaxing on the river. This pleasure cruiser can accommodate up to 128 passengers on three decks, with two covered terraces, a bar and toilets. Cruises are made to measure for each group, and must be booked in advance. All cruises depart from Quai van Beneden, opposite the Aquarium Museum, and a commentary (in French) is available on request.
RIVER CRUISES FROM LIÈGE ABOARD THE PAYS DE LIÈGE
A cruise from Liège is a lovely, relaxing way to explore the beautiful Meuse valley. The boat can call at Maastricht (for shopping and sightseeing), or at the charming village of Huy with its citadel, or at t the famous lead crystal glass factory at Val-Saint-Lambert, or for passengers to wander through the nature reserve at Montagne Saint-Pierre. Cruises can also be extended from the River Meuse along the Kanne Canal or the Albert Canal. Evening cruises with dinner and live music are also available, as are special cruises to enjoy the firework displays on Assumption Day (15 August) or during the Wallonia Festival. Booking in advance is required and a commentary (in French) is available on request.
RIVER CRUISES FROM LIÈGE TO VISÉ ABOARD THE PRINCE ALBERT
Enjoy a beautiful all-day cruise from Liège to Visé and back. The boat will pass through the Monsin lock and will then travel as far as Robinson island. Day return and single tickets are available. Cruises depart from Quai Van Beneden in Liège every Wednesday in July and August and on Sunday 7 July and Sunday 4 August at 11am. They arrive in Visé 12.30pm in time for lunch, and then return from Visé at 4pm arriving back in Liège at 5.30pm. A commentary in French is provided.
THE CRAMIGNON FERRY
Each year, this ferry transports almost 40,000 passengers across the Meuse from Eijsden in the Netherlands to Lanaye in Belgium. The ferry boat can carry up to 12 pedestrians or cyclists on each trip across the river and avoids the long road detour via Maastricht or Visé. It runs every day from Easter until the autumn half-term school holidays from 10am to 8pm. The timetable may be adjusted due to adverse weather or navigation conditions.
RIVER CRUISES FROM HUY ABOARD THE VAL MOSAN
The Val Mosan offers a range of river cruises departing from Huy, including general tourist cruises or special themed cruises, for example to see the firework displays during the Huy Arts and Jazz Festivals, or in conjunction with the Préhistomuseum. Breakfast or an afternoon snack can be served for groups (minimum 10 people) for a supplement of €5 per person and must be booked in advance.
In May, June and September, cruises depart on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays at 3pm and 4.30pm. In July and August, cruises depart every day from Tuesdays to Sundays, plus Public Holidays at the same times. A minimum of 6 passengers is required for a cruise to depart. Cruises for groups of more than 10 people are available by prior reservation on any day from May to September. Tickets are sold on the boat and a commentary (in French) is provided.