When organizing a trip to Belgium, a very common question is how long the excursions to Bruges last or how much time we should spend in the city to get to know it well.
Like everything else, the more the better: it's hard to get tired of its unique sights and that special atmosphere. But since our travel time, unfortunately, doesn't last forever, I'll tell you how long Bruges tours last and what you'll be able to see in the city if you visit it just for the day.
How long does an organized tour to Bruges last?
What most Brussels visitors do is exploring Bruges on a day trip. The 62 mile-distance between the two cities means that it doesn't take too long to travel between one place and the other, making Bruges the perfect place to escape to for a full day, which will take between 9 and 10 hours.
If you only plan to visit Bruges, you won't have to get up too early: at 10 a.m. you will have to be at the meeting point and an hour later you will have arrived at your destination. You will have approximately 9 hours to explore the streets, squares, and bridges of the city, which will be enough to get to know the essentials of Bruges.
Please note that as this is an organized tour, you will be accompanied by a guide who will define the best possible itinerary so that you do not miss anything essential in Bruges.
Throughout the day, you will also have free time to enjoy the essence of the city at your leisure, sit down to a good waffle or try one of its typical dishes in its cozy restaurants and terraces.
The meeting point for the return to Brussels will be confirmed by your guide during the day, but, normally, you will be back in the capital around 8 pm in the evening after having spent an unforgettable day in Bruges.
How long are the excursions to Bruges and Ghent from Brussels?
If you want to make the most of your time and also visit the neighboring city of Ghent, the travel time will be a bit longer: instead of the 9 hours that a trip to Bruges usually takes, you will need about 10 and a half hours.
But what does this mean? Well, you'll have to get up a little early, because you'll have to be at the meeting point around 8:30 in the morning to make the most of the day. You can take a nap on the bus or you can enjoy the Belgian landscape that awaits you behind the window.
The trips are not excessively long (between Bruges and Ghent is less than an hour) so the bus ride will not be at all heavy: moreover, if you decide to visit both cities in one day this is the best option to economize time.
How long is a Bruges getaway if I travel on my own?
If you decide to skip the guided tours and visit Bruges on your own, you will have a bit more flexibility to visit Bruges, it all depends on how much time you want to spend.
Traveling by train, for example, it will take you only just over an hour to get to Bruges from the capital. Keep in mind that the last train is around ** midnight** and the next one doesn't leave until almost 6:00 in the morning (if you don't want to have to spend the night at the train station, make sure you don't miss the last train).
With the schedules in hand, you could practically extend the day for almost 18 hours (the rest depends on your energy and the desire you have to walk!). If you prefer, you can also spend a night in Bruges, which will allow you to walk through it illuminated and also be enchanted by the peace of its streets at night.
This way you could extend your trip to Bruges up to two days to get more out of its culture, its charm, and its exquisite gastronomy. I have created a small guide analyzing the price of excursions to Bruges that may help you to better organize your getaway.
How much time do I need to visit Bruges and Ghent on my own?
Visiting Bruges and Ghent in one day from Brussels is possible, but if you prefer to do it on your own and not have an organized tour, I don't recommend it. The train rides are not longer than the private tour bus, but require more preparation, waiting times at the station, etc.
If you plan to visit Bruges and Ghent during your trip to Brussels, my recommendation is to dedicate two days to them and take the opportunity to spend one night in Bruges and have the opportunity to enjoy it also under the stars.