Bruges (Brugge, Fr.) is located in the northern part of Belgium and is one of the best preserved pre-motorized cities in Europe. The city offers a different kind of charm which cannot be found elsewhere on the continent.
Brussels (Bruxelles, Fr.) is the capital of Belgium and home to the headquarters of many European institutions. But the city also offers plenty of historical landmarks, such as Grand Place-Grote Markt – filled with 300 old buildings – , Manneken Pis – a small bronze statue thought to represent the “irreverent spirit” of Brussels -, Atomium, Basilique du Sacré Coeur and the Statue of Europe.
Bruges can easily be reached from Brussels, Charleroi and Lille Airports. The only public transportation option is the train.
Trains from Bruges to Brussels
There are direct trains from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Midi (Bruxelles Midi) run by SNCB , every day and they leave every 30 minutes. The standard single 2nd class ticket is €13.50*. The travel time is 1 h.
It takes slightly longer to get between Bruges and Brussels Airport (Bruxelles Nord Station). The standard single 2nd class ticket is €13.10 and the travel time is 1h 8 min.
Tickets can be bought online here .
Driving from Bruges to Brussels
Given the short distance between Bruges and Brussels , about 97 km, a very good option is to rent a car and drive. You’ll be driving on N337 and E40, which are not toll roads. The travel time is 1h 20 min.
Should you need to drive to/from Brussels Airport, the distance is 110 km and is easily covered in about 1h 10 min.
Note: * prices are valid at the time the article was written