Bruges

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Fall for flanders and all its medieval beauty

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Getting there You can get to Bruges from Antwerp, Liege and Oudenaarde. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 02:26 € 29
From Brussels 00:53 € 19
From Lille 01:19 € 17
From Antwerp 01:19 € 20
From Liege 01:59 € 31
From Oudenaarde 01:10 € 14
From Sint Niklaas 00:56 € 17
From Blankenberge 00:14 € 4
From Ghent 00:22 € 9
From Kortrijk 00:39 € 11
From Ostend 00:13 € 5
From Roubaix 01:09 € 16


Getting around From Bruges, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Ostend 00:14 € 5
To Blankenberge 00:15 € 4
To Ghent 00:41 € 9
To Antwerp 01:25 € 20
To Sint Niklaas 01:27 € 17
To Oudenaarde 01:34 € 14
To Kortrijk 01:46 € 11
To Brussels 01:58 € 19
To Lier 02:37 € 22
To Liege 02:54 € 31
To Ypres 02:55 € 17
To Lille 03:19 € 20
To Spa 03:20 € 31
To Amsterdam 04:36 € 36
To Paris 04:38 € 29
To Gembloux 04:47 € 25

Bruges city guide

Fall for flanders and all its medieval beauty

No trip to Brussels would be complete without taking the one-hour journey west to Bruges. You can catch the train either at the Brussels Nord, Central or Midi stations. No reservation needed (or taken) and trains leave about every half hour. When you get off the train in you only need to walk a short distance, crossing over a canal by bridge to discover what some have called the "Venice of the North."

Standing over the bridge you’ll see a series of canals, grass parkways with a blanket of wildflowers, white buildings with orange rooftops and benedictine nuns parading in old-fashioned habits. This is a great walking town, but if you’re looking for romance or charm (easily found in Bruges), hop in a horse-drawn carriage or take a canal boat tour.


For a high-flying vantage point, climb the 366 steps of the belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower in the town’s historical center. What once served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger, today, for a small fee, you can see more pleasant things – like orange rooftops as far as the eye can see, and a maze of canals webbing around the town. After such a workout, head back down (try not to get dizzy) and stop at a café for a glass of cherry-flavored Belgian Kriek beer.

Bruges is well known for its delicate lace production. For a small fee, watch women move their hands ever so quickly to craft these beautiful crocheted creations. Bring home a tablecloth or set of placemats to remind you of Bruges every time you sit down to eat.

Bruges is just the beginning of your journey into Flanders. See what sparkles in Antwerp, center of the diamond trade, and be there in less than 90 minutes. For more riches, Oostende, also known as the "North Port" is where you’ll gawk at million-dollar yachts. For more medieval charm, Ghent, just 30 minutes away, used to be one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today, it’s the biggest car-free area in Belgium, allowing you to walk freely among the well-preserved architecture. Travel to Bruges using a Eurail Benelux Pass.

Bruges is special for its intense beauty. Yes, there are museums to see and towers to climb, but most come to simply "be" here. Walk through busy squares. Take a moment to reflect in a quiet park. Stop for a bite at a café on an intimate cobblestone street. And make "old times" new again.

When in Bruges, you can taste the famous mussels and fries. They are delicious! You can ask any locals to help you find a nice place to eat. They will be glad to help.

Why not buy some chocolates when in Bruges? There are many chocolate shops in the city. Head to Wollestraat where you will find high quality artisanal chocolates.


Bruges Tourist Office
PO Box 744, B-8000 Bruges
Tel: +32 50 44 46 46

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Bruges station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Bruges.


Bruges railway station(s)

Bruges Train Station

Bruges Train Station

Address: Stationsplein 4 8000 Brugge

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 4:30am to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4:30am to 11pm

Trains operating in and from this station:
Intercity trains, Regional trains
Services:
Tourist Information Point, Lost and found, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Public telephones.

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  • "DAN"    
    The train was very clean and comfy and would defiantly be using it again. Was a slight delay but nothing they could of done about it, and they kept us up-to date with times and what was happening.  
  • "Trip to Venice"    
    Almost perfect, just the way back from Bruges to Milan got 10 mins delayed in Brussels.  
  • "very good"    
    I would use it again