During your trip to Brussels, you will probably consider strolling through the cobblestone streets and canals of charming Bruges.
Thanks to the fact that only 62 miles separate the two cities by road, you can make the trip on the same day. How? Take note.
Arrive in Bruges on a guided tour organized from Brussels
If you plan to dedicate a day to Bruges, the most convenient way is to join a tour to Bruges from Brussels. It will take you just over an hour to get there and the trip is done by private bus, which makes it very fast and avoids unnecessary waiting at the train or bus station.
The meeting point and departure point is usually a central location in the city of Brussels, so it is most likely to be very close to your hotel or accommodation and you can get there on foot.
In addition, the departure times are very convenient, ranging between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. One hour later you will have arrived at your destination.
Some tours add (on the way back from Bruges) a stop in Ghent if you feel like including an extra visit in your day trip. It's not a big detour, and it will allow you to see the best of both cities in one day.
How to get to Bruges by train from Brussels
Another option for getting between Brussels and Bruges quickly and comfortably is by train. As with virtually all capitals in Europe, Brussels is very well connected thanks to the train, which arrives and departs from its central station in the city center.
The frequency of trains in the direction of Bruges is relatively high, you can find about 3 trains every hour during the day.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is the schedule: the last return train leaves Bruges around midnight and doesn't leave again until about 6 am.
Keep this in mind if you don't want to spend a night out waiting for the first train back to the city! Regarding the price, for less than 35 dollars you can get a round trip ticket and the travel time is one hour. You can check more details about the prices in my article about the prices for the Bruges excursion.
If you prefer, you can visit Ghent during your day trip to Bruges. It is best done in the afternoon and of course, you can also arrive by train (it is less than an hour from Bruges and less than an hour's ride from Brussels).
How to get to Bruges by public bus from Brussels
The public bus is another option to get to Bruges from Brussels. It is a little cheaper than the train and the trip takes a little longer (it can take up to an hour and a half).
This is probably the more complicated option if you are planning to visit Ghent on the same day. In that case, I recommend that you choose the train to avoid wasting too much time traveling between cities.
How to get to Bruges from Brussels airport
If as soon as you land in Brussels you want to head for the charming city of Bruges, you can do it directly from the airport: you won't need to go through the city.
There are direct trains between Brussels Airport and Bruges for $ 25 and depart every 15 minutes, so it is a simple and relatively inexpensive journey for those who do not want to lose a second to start enjoying the beauty of the city of canals.
How to get to Bruges on a rental car from Brussels
The normal thing is that you have rented the car at the airport and maybe you want to leave from there itself. In that case, the journey time is slightly less than an hour and a half if there is no traffic. The roads are in perfect condition and the indications for getting from Brussels airport to Bruges are very simple.
If on the other hand you are already in Brussels and want to get to Bruges by car, the journey time is one hour and a half, but it may vary depending on traffic (especially if you are leaving from a relatively close area). Again, the roads are kept in pristine condition and very well signposted.