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  • Where is Banks?


BANKS is so centrally located that you can explore the complete city by foot. Friday Market, the Groenplaats and ModeNatie are just around the corner. Like the Plantin-Moretus Museum, the only printing house which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The address you indicate on your GPS is: Steenhouwersvest 55 (via St. Jansvliet) Antwerp. Note that you specify "via St. Jansvliet" since BANKS hotel is located at Steenhouwersvest and this is a one-way street.

  • Would you rather go shopping?
     


Step outside and you're in the middle of the trendiest shopping district in Antwerp. The mix of exclusive designer shops, vintage boutiques, galleries and small cafés is inspiring for every weekend.

The name BANKS is found in the (river) banks of the Schelde. This mighty river is just steps away from the hotel;
tempered by tough quay walls, known as "The Blue Stone”. A great place for friends among themselves.


 

  • Directions & Parking
     

Route

The address you specify in your GPS is: Steenhouwersvest 55 (via St. Jansvliet) Antwerp. Note that you specify by 'St. Jansvliet’ as the Steenhouwersvest is in fact a one-way street

Paid parking

Paid parking is at 140 meters from the hotel is Parking Cammerpoorte; the rate is approximately € 2.50 per hour and approximately € 20.00 for 24 hours

Parking Cammerpoorte (National road 38), Parking Brabo (Kammenstraat 2) Parking Groenplaats (Green City) and parking Lombardenvest (Lombardenvest 13)

Parking free

Public uncovered parking; address is St. Michael Kaai, 2000 Antwerp

Caution: Do not access for trucks and buses; then you will head into a concrete tank (sometimes invisible by collected rainwater) with all the damage

Do not leave valuables in your car!

Walking distance to Banks is 10 minutes; coming from the parking left. At St. Jansvliet right along the square to the Steenhouwersvest. Banks is located on the corner Drukkerijstraat / Steenhouwersvest

 

  • Low emission zone in Antwerp

Antwerp is working on better and healthier air in the city, which is why it introduced a low emission zone in 2017. Are you planning to travel to Antwerp by car this summer? Find out in this newsletter how you can safely enter the low emission zone by registering before entering to avoid a fine.

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) comprises the entire city centre and Linkeroever/the Left Bank. The zone is designated with a special road sign. Vehicles will be checked with automatic number plate recognition cameras. If you enter the zone with a vehicle that is not admitted, you will receive a fine.

May my car enter the zone?

Your vehicle’s Euro standard will determine whether your vehicle may enter the zone. Click herefor the online test. You will immediately know whether your vehicle is admitted to the LEZ.

Mandatory registration for all foreign number plates (except Dutch number plates)

Do you want to enter the zone with a foreign number plate (not Belgian or Dutch)? Then you must use this tool, and register once-only, even if your vehicle may enter the zone. Registration is free and can be done up to 24 hours after entering the zone. There is no need to register a vehicle that may enter the zone, with a Dutch number plate.The control of Dutch vehicles is done automatically based on the database of Dutch vehicles.

Temporary permits for some vehicles

You can request a temporary permit against payment for some vehicles that do not comply with the conditions for entry. This includes diesel vehicles with Euro standard 3 without a DPF (diesel particulate filter) or vehicles older than 40 years. You must request and pay this permit beforehand.

LEZ day pass

Do you drive a vehicle that does not comply with the conditions and is not eligible for a temporary permit? Do you want to enter the LEZ anyway? Then you can purchase an LEZ day pass maximum eight times a year. This pass is available onlineor can be purchased from the parking meters in the city centre.

LEZ machines

Did you enter the low emission zone by accident? Are you on your way to Antwerp but not certain whether your vehicle may actually enter the low emission zone? Then pay for your entry at one of the six LEZ machines. You can find these machines along some of the main access routes to the city, in public places, such as petrol stations or car parks. You can also check and register your vehicle at these terminals or buy an LEZ day pass or pay for your entry to avoid a fine.

LEZ machines

There are LEZ machines in various locations along the major access roads to Antwerp or in Antwerp’s city centre. You can use these machines to:

  • ·         check whether your vehicle is admitted to the low emission zone,
  • ·         register your vehicle for free,
  • ·         buy a permit for your vehicle if your vehicle fulfils the required conditions,
  • ·         buy an LEZ day pass if your vehicle is not admitted to the low emission zone.

Where are the LEZ machines located?

In the low emission zone:

  • ·         In the NMBS car park (side of Kievitplein – entrance in Van Immerseelstraat) under Central Station near the exit at level -1.
  • ·         In the Parkindigo car park under the National Bank (Frankrijklei 166) near the exit at level -1.
  • ·         In the Parkindigo car park in Groenplaats near the exit at level -1.

Outside the low emission zone:

  • ·         In the shop of the Q8 petrol station/E313 motorway services in Ranst in the direction of Antwerp. The terminal is located inside the shop, to the left, near the entrance, opposite the snack corner.
  • ·         To the right, near the entrance of Mediamarkt in Wilrijk (along the A12, at Kernenergiestraat 56, Wilrijk).
  • ·         To the left near the entrance of the Esso petrol station, Vogelzanglaan 15 Antwerp.

Travel to Antwerp the smart way

Do you want to avoid entering the low emission zone with your vehicle? Then use one of the many park and ridesoutside the LEZ. You can easily and cheaply travel into the city centre by public transport.

You can easily get to Antwerp by train. Get off in Antwerp-Central, one of the most beautiful stations in the world, which is located in the city centre. From here on you can easily get to your destination by bus, tram, taxi or on foot.

You can find further information about the LEZ at www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/en/LEZ.

 

  • ·         Download the app Smart to Antwerp

The route planner Smart to Antwerp is now available for smartphone. It remembers your favourite routes and locations, gives travel advise and sends notifications. Travel smart and download the app today. All information about Smart to Antwerp and the app




  • Public transport
     


Train

By foot 20 minutes (one straight away until Meirbrug):

Start: The Keyzerlei (towards center) / Teniersplaats / Leysstraat / Meir / Meirbrug / left turn;

Boerentoren KBC bank along your right hand / Shoe Market / along the Green Place / left off the National Street in / 1st traffic lights (at Dries van Noten) right Steenhouwersvest / Banks angle Steenhouwersvest - Drukkerijstraat

Tram / Premetro 11 minutes without transfer

Start: Premetro Station Antwerpen Astrid
Take line 3 direction Zwijndrecht
Alight stop Groenplaats
Take the escalator to the Taxi rank Groenplaats
At the top of the escalator left the National Street in
1st lights right Steenhouwersvest
Banks corner Steenhouwersvest - Drukkerijstraat

Taxi

Duration is approximately 10 to 15 minutes:
Place on Astridplein or side center side
Address: Steenhouwersvest 55, 2000 Antwerp

Plane

Aircraft arriving at Zaventem airport
From the airport you can take the bus or the Airport Express train, Diabolo, travel to Antwerp center. Of course you can also come by taxi