Hasselt is an IC station. Train information: Hasselt NMBS STation, Tel. +32 11 29 60 00 or www.nmbs.be. The station has an information office.
Hasselt and its car parks are easily accessible by motorways E313 (exits 27 - 28 - 29) and E314 (exit 29).
Since Januari of 2014, the free bus service has been abolished. Bus service is quite expensive when paid on the bus itself (around 3 euros for a single trip), but a lot cheaper when paid by SMS (check the information on the bus stop), or bought from pre-sale points (like the Lijnwinkel at the station, or several press-shops around Hasselt). Check the website (www.delijn.be) for your best tariff.
There are rental bicycles available at the station (www.blue-bike.be), which are probably the most interesting way to see the city as it is quite small and car traffic through the city center is discouraged.
Hasselt is a pretty safe and small city so it's most likely the best way to get you around on a budget.
Taxis are quite expensive, charging around 20 euro's for a trip from the edge of town to the center. They are readily available at the station, and at night (in the weekends) at the Kolonel Dusartplein to get partygoers home safely. There are multiple taxi companies like HGT (+32 (0)11 / 74 06 40), Alphacab (+32 (0)11 25 53 35), Axi-Taxi (+32 (0)471 50 05 00), Taxi-V (+32 (0)495 30 30 30) and Taxi-Luc (+32 (0)497 70 01 01) (and more) which have pretty much the same tariffs but all are pretty expensive compared to other countries.
The town centre of Hasselt is not large but very sociable. The centre is mostly car-free and contains a number of historical buildings. Among the oldest buildings in the town centre are the St. Quentin's Cathedral (11th to 18th C.) and the "Herkenrode Abbey refuge house" (1542). The "Grote Markt" (large central market square) and the nearby streets are lined with pubs, restaurants and taverns.
Visit the recently renewed Jenever museum and the Japanese Gardens. The people are very friendly. Make sure to spend at least 2 days in the town.
There are a lot of shopping opportunities, especially in the Koning Albertstraat and the Demerstraat, but the side of the Aldestraat, Lombaardstraat and Havermarkt is known for it's high-end boutiques and designer clothing.
Another place to go see is the also recently reopened Modemuseum (fashion museum) if you're into fashion.
If you want to go party, Thursday (student night), Friday and Saturday are the busiest, on other nights, the bars, pubs, cafés close around 02:00 AM. There are several cosy pubs around the city hall, if you prefer sitting, drinking and meeting people (Mon Café, Hooghuis, Ecziteria). Café Café in the Meldertstraat has the longest bar in Hasselt and plays contemporary and classical rock music, as well as having live shows at least weekly.
The Demerstraat and the Koning Albertstraat are the most important shopping streets. In the Kapelstraat and the Hoogstraat are expensive shops with the most famous brands. Another major religious building, besides the cathedral, is the Virga Jesse Basilica. Both have to cede domination of the skyline of the city to the twin towers of the "TT-wijk", however; the renovation of this complex (now including a shopping mall and a hotel) in 2003 gave the centre a new boost. In 2004, Hasselt was the first Belgian city to receive the title "most sociable city of Flanders", and has since claimed the title of "Capital of Good Taste"; likewise, Hasselt is also considered an exemplary city regarding pedestrian facilities in the centre.
Mussels in the restaurants on the main streets. Try the chocolate ice cream store in the city center.