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Belgian coast travel guide

The Belgian coastline is approx 67 km long and is entirely located in the province of West-Flanders. The local language is Dutch, but people often also speak English or French. The Belgian coast is mostly known for it’s wide sandy beaches and dunes where you can make long walks all year long. During the warm summer days, usually between June and September, you can go sunbathing and swimming in the north sea. Other popular activities are windsurfing and kite-surfing. Isn’t the weather that great? Then you can still make a walk on the beach promenades, go shopping or enjoy the local specialties and sea-food at one of the many local restaurants.

Travel to the Belgian coast

The Belgian Coast can easily be reached by train from most Belgian cities. There are trainstations in Knokke-Heist, Blankenberge and Ostend. From there you can use the coastal tram to reach your end destination.

When traveling from the UK to the Belgian coast by car, you can either take a ferry or the eurotunnel to France and follow the A76/E40 highway to your destination. Direct passenger ferry’s to the Belgian coast have been discontinued until further notice.

Getting around the Belgian coast

Getting around at the Belgian coast is easy thanks to the coastal tram that links all Belgian Coastal towns from De Panne to Knokke-Heist. The Coastal Tram runs every 10 mins during summer, every 15 minutes during autumn and spring and every 20 minutes during winter.

Several Coastal Tram stops have a Coastal Tram Shop where you can buy tickets. When closed it’s possible to buy your ticket on the tram. Any single ticket for the coastal tram costs 3€ regarding your destination. Daypasses cost 6€ in pre-sale and 8€ on board. 3 day passes cost 12€ and 5 day passes cost 17€.  7 Day passes for West Flanders costs 24€ for a single person and 24€ for 2 persons.

List of stops:

Belgian seaside resorts

Things to do at the Belgian Coast:

Finding accommodation at the Belgian coast

The Belgian Coast is a popular holiday destination for many Belgians and tourists from other countries. This results in a large variety of different accommodation types available, ranging from hotels, BnB’s, apartments, holiday homes, vacation parks and camping sites.

Holiday Homes

Many Belgians who go on holiday to the Belgian Coast prefer to rent either an apartment or holiday home.

Belvilla is a good source for finding these types of accommodation.

Holiday Parks

  • Center Parcs has a holiday park in De Haan
  • Sunparks has a holiday park in Oostduinkerke
  • Roompot has a bungalow vacation park in Bredene
  • Floréal has 2 holiday resorts where you can rent studio’s and apartments, with or without hotel formula. One is located in Nieuwpoort, the other in Blankenberge.

Camping Grounds at the Belgian Coast

Wildcamping on the beach or in the dunes is strictly forbidden at the entire Belgian coastline. In addition, nearly all Belgian coastal towns prohibit spending the night in a vehicle on public roads as well. However there are plenty of camping grounds and dedicated mobilhome parkings available.