Bruges is probably the most popular travel destination in Belgium. The historic city center of Bruges is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It’s closed for cars, making it very easy and convenient to explore on foot. The small yet vibrant city is filled with architectural and artistic treasures, folklore, boutiques, fine restaurants and of course many chocolate shops where you can taste Belgians finest chocolates.
How to travel to Bruges:
Bruges can easily be reached by train from all Belgian major cities and therefore it’s the best and easiest way to travel to Bruges. A train ride from Brussels Zaventem Airport takes about 1h30 and a standard single ticket for adults costs 21€. For cheaper tickets and more information about the trains in Belgium, check my Belgium Public Transport Guide
If you plan to visit Bruges by car, please keep in mind that cars aren’t allowed in the city centre. Parking your car outside the city centre can be quite expensive, so keep that in mind whilst booking your accommodation.
Finding accommodation in Bruges
Finding the right accommodation in Bruges according to your needs can make a big difference on how you experience Bruges. There are plenty of hotels, hostels and B&B’s available in the historic town centre.
Backpackers and travelers on a budget can stay at one of the Hostels in Bruges. Prices for a bed in a dorm room are about 18€ per night. Regular Hotel prices generally start from 75€, but if you look for deals on Booking.com you might find a basic hotelroom for about 55€ per night.
B&B’s in Bruges are also quite popular since they are the perfect accommodation for a romantic citytrip. The average price of a B&B in Bruges costs about 110€ per night, with prices starting from 70€ up to 150€ per night.
Bruges Tourist Map
The map below shows most of the main attractions in Bruges. You can save the map and then open it in Google Maps on your smartphone.
Sightseeing in Bruges
The historic city centre is mostly car-free and due it’s sheer size it can be easily explored on foot. Most main attractions are located within a 15 mins walking distance from each-other. You can wander trough the streets on your own, using the Bruges Tourist Map above as a guidance, or you can take one of the many guided tours around the city.
There are free walking tours every day. Visit https://www.freetour.com/bruges for more information.
A great resource for booking private tours in Bruges is https://www.withlocals.com/experiences/belgium/bruges/
Instead of walking, you can also take a tour on a horse drawn carriage through the city centre. The Carriage tours start at the “Grand Market’ and cost 50€ per carriage for 30mins (Max 5 people).
Another great way to discover the city is to take a boat tour on the historic canals.
Getting around in Bruges:
Busses are operated by “De Lijn” and will take you anywhere you want in and outside the city. Another great way to get around in Bruges is on bicycle. They are easy to rent and allow you to get around the city quick and easy.