How to get to Bruges from the UK

Planning a city break to Bruges, the picturesque “Venice of the North” from the UK? This guide will delve into five different transportation options, from the speedy Eurostar train to the scenic ferry ride, helping you choose the best way to reach Bruges from the UK.

Eurostar trains to Bruges from UK

If you’re seeking a seamless journey, Eurostar trains offer a convenient option, connecting London to Bruges in 3h25. Whilst the Eurostar itself runs from London to Brussels, you can continue your journey from Brussels to Bruges with a local SNCB train. The ticket is included in your “any Belgium station” Eurostar ticket.

Ferry to Bruges from the UK

Since the Hull-Zeebrugge ferry route has closed down, there are currently no direct ferries to Bruges. However, travelers from England are advised to take a ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais. When traveling from north england and scotland, the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam is a great option.

Ferry RouteOperatorCrossing timeRemaining distance to Bruges
Hull to ZeebruggeClosed route////
Dover to DunkirkDFDS1h5093km / 58 mile
Dover to CalaisDFDSP&O FerriesIrish Ferries1h30117 km / 73 mile
Newcastle to AmsterdamDFDS16h355km / 220 mile
Dublin to CherbourgIrish Ferries19h584km / 363 mile

Tips for ferries

Prices for a Calais crossing start around 45€, with special promos often available. Utilize our partner Direct Ferries for price comparisons, and check ferry company websites for exclusive offers.

Flights & trains to Bruges

When traveling from the UK to Belgium by plane, you’ll have two main options for your arrival airport: Brussels-Zaventem Airport (BRU) or Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL).

BRU is the more centrally located and convenient option, while CRL offers lower fares for budget travelers. However, CRL is significantly farther from Bruges, requiring a shuttle bus transfer before reaching the city’s train station.

Bus from London to Bruges

Flixbus offers a bus connection from London to Bruges with prices starting around 25€

Eurotunnel to Bruges

Travelers with their own motorised vehicles can use the ‘channel tunnel’ from Folkestone to Calais. The trip through the “Chunnel” itself takes 35minutes. The remaining drive from Calais to Bruges is about 117 km / 73 mile and generally takes 1h20.

Ticket fares for a single journey range from £104 when you book in advance, up to £160 for last-minute bookings during rush-hour. However there are special deals on return tickets for day-trips and short stays, with prices as low as £30 for a single journey.

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