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.
There are ten coastal towns; De Panne, Koksijde-Oostduinkerke, Nieuwpoort, Middelkerke, Oostende, Bredene, De Haan, Blankenberge, Zeebrugge and Knokke-Heist.
Ostend and Blankenberge are the 2 major coastal towns in Belgium. In De Panne you will find the broadest sandy beach of the entire Belgian coastline. Koksijde-Oostduinkerke is famous for the traditional fishermen on horses and it’s dunes. Nieuwpoort is a historic town with a large harbor.
Zeebrugge is known for it’s large international harbor. De haan is known for it’s traditional houses and dunes. Bredene is known for it’s large amount of camping grounds.
How to travel to the Belgian Coast?
The Belgian Coast is an excellent destination for car travels, but can also easily be reached by train from most Belgian cities. There are trainstations in Knokke-Heist, Blankenberge and Ostend. For more information about traveling by train in Belgium have a look at the Belgian Public Transport Guide.
Getting Around at the Belgian Coast
The Coastal Tram is a public transport service operated bij De Lijn. It connects the cities and towns along the entire Belgian coast, between De Panne and 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. Single Tickets cost 3€ regarding and are valid for 60 minutes where you can make unlimited changes between all trams and busses of De Lijn. After 60 minutes you can complete your journey but no longer change. 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: https://www.delijn.be/en/lijnen/lijn/5/500/2
Finding Accommodation at the Belgian Coast
All Belgian coastal towns have plenty of hotels and B&B’s that are perfect for short stays. Most Belgian tourists will rent an apartment or vacation home for medium to long term stays at the Belgian coast. You can find all these types of accommodation on booking.com and tripadvisor.
Vacation parks, bungalow parks and holiday resorts
Sunparks has 2 holiday villages at the Belgian coast; one in De Haan and the other 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
There are plenty of camping grounds available spread out across the Belgian Coast.