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Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

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Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

How would you get from Brussels airport to Bruges market square (city centre), without a car?

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1. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

Train from the airport (station is right below it) to Gare du Nord or Gare Centrale, train from there to Brugge, there's a bus from the station to the town centre.


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2. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

If you are traveling lightly it is an easy walk from the Bruges train station to the city centre. The bus runs frequently, but it is also an easy stroll.

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I agree with the previous post ... if you are at all able, the walk from the train to the center is not a problem. Also, as you depart the train station, there is an information room on your left that will help you and you can buy a nice map of the city for 1 euro.

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Just made this trip last week. I took the train from the airport to Brussels-Midi. Midi was suggested as the train to Brugge leaves from the other side of the same track, so no tugging luggage up and down. I think the fare 1-way was about 13E. Depending on where you're staying, with luggage it is a bit of a hike to the center. I opted for a taxi for about 8-10 E. I stayed at Number 11B&B. There are also regular buses from the train station to the center. There is a pretty good tourist office within the train station.

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5. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

Hi Guys - I am doing this trip too in October. How long would you estimate it to take from Brussels airport to Brugge?

Thanks in advance,


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6. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

Hello HazelK

Depending the hour of arrival you will need between rougly 30 and 45 min to get you luggage and go out to the train station of the airport.

Also again you will need to take a train from the airport to Brussels North, Central or Midi. personnaly I prefer to change at Central as the distances are much shorter (only 6 tracks as it in in the tunnel)

Then you will have the IC (Intercity) which normally only stops at Ghent and then Bruges. Take roughly an hour and a quarter train to Bruges.

To check the rail, see the website given by the first person here above.

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7. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

I wish to know how do u get from Brussels airport to Brugg on the local train and how much would it cost for the tickets return pleawe.

Many thanks


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8. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

This may be senseless, since the internet is so useful - and most of the postings here are old. But, working on my own trip to Bruges, this is what I found:



The national airport of Belgium lies just outside of Brussels. Its railway station is located under the airport.

First take the train to Brussels ‘Zuid / Midi’ station. There you take the train in the direction of Brugge, De Panne, Knokke or Oostende. The first stop is Ghent, the second is Bruges.

• Schedule From National Airport to Bruges:

- 3 trains per hour / about 85 minutes / € 13.50

- First train at 05:36, last train at 23:52 (on Sat and Sun at 05:33 and 23:52).

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10. Re: Getting from Brussels airport to Bruges

Since this thread is from 2006, I'm wondering if any of the information has changed since then? Next month I will be arriving in Brussels airport and then going to Bruges by train.

Is there a direct train from the airport to Bruges or is it best to do what is suggested, take the train to Brussels Midi and then transfer?

Also, after getting luggage at the airport (I will be coming from Berlin) where is the best location to purchase the train ticket to get to Bruges?

Thanks in advance!