The train journey takes only 1 hour, while by car or bus, it can take nearly 2 hours. The train ride from Brussels to Bruges lasts 1 hour and 4 minutes, whereas by car, depending on the day and time, it can take between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours. The fastest route by car from Brussels to Bruges is via the E40 highway, which connects the Belgian coast (North Sea) with the rest of the country and the port of Zeebruges, one of Europe’s major ports. However, this highway tends to get congested during peak hours and weekends.
2. More flexibility:
Trains to Bruges run approximately every 15 minutes. The SNCB (Belgium’s railway transport company) offers a train to Bruges roughly every 15 minutes.
For the trip from Brussels to Bruges:
- The first train departs at 5:26 a.m.
- The last train leaves at 11:45 p.m.
For the return journey from Bruges to Brussels:
- The first train departs at 3:55 a.m.
- The last train leaves at 11:08 p.m.
3. More economical:
A round-trip train ticket to Bruges costs €32. If you choose to travel by car, you must consider additional costs such as fuel, mandatory parking in the outskirts of Bruges’ historic center (as the center is not accessible by car), and using public transport or walking to reach the center. Parking fees may vary depending on the parking company.
4. Safer and more comfortable:
The train is the safest mode of transportation in Belgium. SNCB operates state-of-the-art trains with well-equipped carriages for passenger comfort.
5. Accessibility and proximity:
Bruges train station is just a 10-minute walk from the historic center. If you travel by car or bus, you’ll have to walk for 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your parking location) since access to Bruges’ historic center by vehicle is prohibited. In Brussels, train stations are also quite accessible. For example, the central station is only a 6-minute walk from the Grand-Place.
6. More environmentally friendly:
The train is a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation compared to cars or buses.
7. Scenic views:
The train journey between Brussels and Bruges allows you to better appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Belgian countryside and nature.
8. Ease of travel:
Leaving Brussels by car or bus can be a nightmare for those unfamiliar with the city and its traffic.
Day trip to Bruges from Brussels by train.
If you’re vacationing in Brussels, we recommend the day trip to Bruges departing from Brussels. Bravo Discovery organizes this trip on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, offering an efficient and cost-effective way to visit Bruges from the Belgian capital.
Day trip to Bruges from BrusselsFrom: 45,0€ TVA incluse
Advantages of the Day Trip to Bruges by Train:
- More economical: For just €50, you get the round-trip train ticket, a English-speaking guide, and a free tasting of artisanal chocolates.
- By train: Less walking, faster travel, more time to enjoy Bruges, increased safety, comfort, and a lower environmental impact.
- More free time: Enjoy more free time in Bruges.
- English-speaking guide: A Bravo Discovery guide will accompany you throughout the journey from Brussels.
- Excellent reviews: Bravo Discovery’s day trip to Bruges from Brussels has received top reviews on TripAdvisor.