Trains to Bruges Find train times and tickets

Much of medieval Bruges looks as though it was built last week. Belgium’s most popular tourist destination knows how to pull the crowds. Skilled restoration has created a townscape which verges on the Disneyesque, so perfect are the buildings and so manicured are the lawns. Even the spring daffodils look as though they might be fake.

Bruges is most definitely worth a visit, and it’s an ideal destination for a weekend break or longer stay. If you like charming canal scenes and picturesque cottages, then Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) is definitely for you.

The town is an excellent base for excursions to the coast and other towns in Flanders. Definitely make time to visit the village of Damme, just five kilometres from Bruges. It’s even more picture-perfect than Bruges and boasts an improbably good selection of restaurants and bookshops.

The railway station at Bruges lies south-west of the city centre. It is a memorably ugly 1930s-era building. Yet it is a consolation that one of the city’s big-draw sights, the beautiful Begijnhof, is just a short walk from the station. Bruges railway station lies on the main rail route across Belgium, with direct trains at least twice each hour to Gent and Brussels. There are also services at least hourly to Antwerp, Brussels Airport, Liège and Kortrijk. The coast is just a short hop away, with frequent trains to Ostend taking just 15 minutes. There is also a very useful direct bus service from Bruges to the Dutch town of Breskens, connecting there with the Westerschelde ferry to Vlissingen in Zeeland. For passengers travelling to Bruges from France, there is an hourly connection from Lille; it requires an easy change of train in Kortrijk.

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London to Bruges by train

from £51.00

Avg 1 change 3hr 8m

Kortrijk to Bruges by train

from £8.50

Avg 0 changes 42m

Brussels to Bruges by train

from £14.00

Avg 0 changes 55m

Ghent to Bruges by train

from £7.00

Avg 0 changes 23m

Cologne to Bruges by train

from £23.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 4m

Lille to Bruges by train

from £15.00

Avg 1 change 1hr 40m

Rotterdam to Bruges by train

from £40.00

Avg 1 change 2hr 4m

Antwerp to Bruges by train

from £14.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 28m

Leipzig to Bruges by train

from £34.50

Avg 2 changes 8hr 11m

Frankfurt am Main to Bruges by train

from £131.50

Avg 1 change 4hr 3m

Aachen to Bruges by train

from £18.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 25m

Paris to Bruges by train

from £36.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 26m

Amsterdam to Bruges by train

from £41.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 45m

Welkenraedt to Bruges by train

from £25.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 36m

Zeebrugge to Bruges by train

from £4.00

Avg 0 changes 20m

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