Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn, usually known as De Lijn, is a company run by the Flemish government in Belgium to provide public transportation with about 2240 buses and 399 trams. De Lijn was founded in 1991 after the public transportation companies of Antwerp and Ghent fused with the Flemish part of the NMVB (Nationale Maatschappij van Buurtspoorwegen, or the “National Company of Neighborhood Railways”).
De Lijn operates:
- Antwerp Tramway, with both street running and underground light rail (Antwerp Pre-metro).
- Ghent Tramway, mostly street running with some reserved track.
- Belgian coast tram, interurban line along the whole Belgian coast, between De Panne and Knokke.
- All urban, suburban and intercity buses in Flanders. Because of the dense rail network, intercity buses serve as local transport between big cities and smaller communities. Time to travel from one city to another by bus is most often longer than for the same journey on the train because bus lines are less straight, as they pass through many small towns that are not served by railway. The buses are more city-style (no coach buses are used). In the Limburg province with few railways buses are the main mode of intercity travel. There are also express intercity buses there.