Organising a convention, event or incentive in Bruges is easy because the city is so accessible. You can easily get to Bruges by car, train, plane or ferry. Do you require further information about the city's accessibility and transport options in and around Bruges? Do have a look at our list of useful links.
Bruges is situated near the E40 motorway, and is just an hour's drive from Brussels and 90 minutes from Antwerp. Amsterdam is 253 km away, Eindhoven a mere 178 km. When coming from the Netherlands, you drive to Bruges over Antwerp. If you are coming from the region around Maastricht, we recommend you drive via Liège and Brussels.
A speed limit of 30 km is enforced throughout the city centre. This means you may not exceed this speed limit in the city centre.
Parking aboveground in the city centre is limited in time from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. (max. 4 hours). You must pay and display (€ 1.80 for the first hour, € 2.40 from the second to the fourth hour, making a total of € 9.00 for 4 hours). You can pay by SMS, with the 4411 app, by bank card or in cash. You must always enter your number plate when paying. You can park for free for max. 4 hours in the zone around the city centre (the so-called blue zone). Always display your parking disc! Attention: this parking scheme applies throughout the year, including Sundays and public holidays. Download the PDF with all the information about parking in Bruges here.
Parking is unlimited in time and cheapest in one of the two central car parks: Centrum-Station (€ 0.70/hr and € 3.50 for 24 hrs) and Centrum-’t Zand (€ 1.20 for the first hour and € 8.70 for 24 hrs). Both car parks are within walking distance of the Market Square, but you can also take one of the buses of De Lijn. The bus transfer (max. 4 persons per car) from the Centrum-Station car park to the city centre and back is included in the parking fee. Take a look at all the available car parks here.
There are several direct trains to Bruges from the provincial capitals (Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt and Leuven) and Brussels. Take a look at the website of the Belgian national railways (NMBS/SNCB).
The Brussels-South railway station is the Belgian hub for all international train traffic. Brussels-South is served several times a day by high-speed trains from Paris (Thalys/Izy and TGV), Lille (Eurostar and TGV), London (Eurostar), Amsterdam (Thalys) and Cologne (Thalys and ICE). There are three trains every hour from Brussel-South to Bruges on weekdays and two every hour on the weekend. They stop in Bruges, Ostend or Knokke/Blankenberge. The journey from Brussels-South to Bruges takes about an hour.
If you are travelling from Amsterdam or Rotterdam, you can also switch trains at Antwerp Central. A direct train departs from Antwerp Central to Ostend every hour, and also stops in Bruges. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes.
If you are coming from Maastricht, we recommend taking the train to Liège. The journey from Liège to Bruges takes approximately two hours.
Every day, Belgium's national airport welcomes flights from over 200 destinations in 66 countries.
You can easily get to Bruges by train from Brussels Airport. There is a direct train to Bruges every hour (only on weekdays). You can also take the Brussels Airport Express (four trains every hour) to Brussels-North, Central or South. Two trains depart for Bruges every hour from these stations. They are bound for Ostend or Knokke/Blankenberge. Check the website of the Belgian national railways (NMBS/SNCB) for information about prices and timetables.
The taxi companies in Bruges can take you to and from Brussels Airport, subject to prior reservation, at the standard price of € 200. These prices may be adapted during the year. The contact details of Bruges taxi companies are listed here.
The popular regional airport welcomes several low-cost flights a day from other European cities and regions.
Flibco.com operates a direct shuttle from and to the station of Bruges, offering 9 (return) journeys every day. The shuttle is more comfortable, cheaper and also often faster than the other travel options (train, combining train and bus). Online reservations are cheaper. If you pay on the bus or in the airport, you will be charged a supplement.
The taxi companies in Bruges can take you to and from Brussels South Charleroi Airport, subject to prior reservation, at the standard price of € 250. These prices may be adapted during the year. The contact details of Bruges taxi companies are listed here.
Ostend-Bruges Airport is developing at a fast pace and is systematically increasing the destinations it serves. The bus journey to the station of Ostend takes just 15 minutes. From here, you can take three trains every hour to Bruges, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. The trains run to Eupen, Welkenraedt, Brussels Airport, Antwerp-Central or Kortrijk. The journey to Bruges takes approximately 15 minutes. Check the website of the Belgian national railways (NMBS/SNCB) for information about prices and timetables.
The taxi companies in Bruges and Ostend can take you to and from Brussels Airport, subject to prior reservation, at the standard price of € 70. These prices may be adapted during the year. The contact details of Bruges taxi companies are listed here.
Dover (UK) - Dunkerque (F)/Calais (F) : DFDS Seaways.
Dover (UK) - Calais (F) : P&O Ferries.
Hull (UK) - Zeebrugge (B) : P&O Ferries.
Various bus companies operate services to Bruges from the main international transport hubs and international cities. The stop for international coaches is at the rear of the station (Spoorwegstraat). Check the timetable with the departure times of all the coach services in Bruges here. Here is a list of all the arrivals.
Flibco.com operates 9 direct connections per day to/from Brussels Charleroi Airport. Tickets: www.flibco.com.
OUIBUS operates between 5 and 9 direct connections per day to/from the Lille-Europe HST station. The departure/arrival times have been synchronised with the departures/arrivals of the Eurostar trains. Journey time: approx. 90 minutes. Tickets: www.ouibus.com.
FlixBus operates daily connections to/from Prague and Krakow, which stop at Frankfurt Airport (terminal 2) and Cologne Airport. From 29/6, FLiXBUS will operate a regular bus service to Paris and Brest which stops in Lille Europe, Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Tickets: www.flixbus.com.
OUIBUS operates several direct connections a day to/from Lille. Tickets: www.ouibus.com.
EUROLINES operates regular connections to/from Amsterdam and London. Tickets: www.eurolines.be.
FlixBus operates regular connections to/from Dortmund, London and a daily service to/from Prague and Krakow. From 29/6, the company will also operate a daily bus service to/from Paris and regular connections to/from Brest. The FlixBus coaches stop in various other cities. You can get to Bruges easily from Eindhoven, Maastricht, Aachen, Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Brno, Ostrava, Katowice, Tourcoing, Rennes and Lorient. Tickets: www.flixbus.com.