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"The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

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"The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

This piggy backs on my day tour thread-

'The English Bus' tour get great reviews on Trip Advisor-

They will be offering their day tour to Bruges when we will be in London.

Is this too adventerous of a day? How long of a trip to get there?

Is Bruges worth a visit ? Looks like only an afternoon will be spent there.

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1. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

A day trip to Bruges? Bruge is well worth visiting, but IMO not for an afternoon from the UK.

I presume all they do is sell you a Eurostar ticket to Bruges and an escorted tour you could do yourself given Bruges is small and easy to get around?

( If its a coach trip .. I'd guess 6-8 hours each way, awful)

Edited: 02 April 2012, 19:16
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2. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

According to their website the coach departs from Kennington tube station at 8am and after going through the Eurotunnel arrives in Bruges at "Midday"

An afternoon guided tour of Bruges then return to London arriving at 9.30pm, meaning the coach would have to leave Bruges at 5.30pm.

In my opinion it's not enough time to spend in Bruges. I spent two days there in February and wish I had spent longer there.

You could organise the trip yourself - get an early Eurostar train from London to Brussels. From Brussels the trains to Bruges are every 30 minutes and take just over 1 hour to get there. Then get the train back to Brussels for one of the later Eurostar trains back to London.

Edited: 02 April 2012, 19:44
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3. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

You do realize this is 175 miles...one way?

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4. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

I have, in the past, done Bruges as a day trip from the UK (this was back in the day when there was a fast ferry to nearby Ostend which has now been replaced by the Eurostar connection from Brussels). I personally wouldn't want to be on a coach for that long though!.

Anyway I had about 5 hours there, which does not sound much but I had a good leisurely wander round, had time for a canal tour etc and didn't feel particularly rushed. Obviously there were places that I didn't get to see but I thought it was enough time to get a 'feel' of the place.

Edited: 02 April 2012, 21:59
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5. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

Five hours is just about sufficient to get a flavour of utterly charming Bruges, because it's not that big a place. But I would find the journey there and back in a coach all in one day quite horrific. If you do it, you will most likely be totally exhausted the next day.

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6. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

If you do it, go it alone and buy tickets (via Brussels) on the Eurostar site. Potter about and have a nice lunch somewhere.

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7. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

I just can't help thinking that all that time spent in the coach could be used to visit something either

a) in London or

b) a lot closer than Bruges.

Probably just as interesting and half as cheap.

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8. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

This is roughly the same as driving to Liverpool or Leeds for the day from Southern England, doing more or less a full days' work, then driving home again.

Only getting up late (an 8 am start is some people's idea of a day devoted to indolence) and getting someone else to do the driving.

If you're an idle tosser, it might sound strenuous. For many of us it's pretty much part of regular life. Only the seriously bone idle could possibly call it "adventurous". Fortunately, few in Colorado go into these old-maid conniptions at the thought of a 350 mile round road trip.

FWIW, we have done this, driving ourselves. Perfectly pleasant (and productive) day.

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10. Re: "The English Bus - Day Tour To Bruges"

I think that sets the record straight. ;-)

When I said I spent 2 days there and wish I'd spent longer there, I meant it in terms of spending more time drinking the lovely Belgian beers they have in Bruges.

Believe me, if you go to the De Halve Maan brewery and have a few glasses of Brugse Zot you won't want to leave ! ;-D

Edited: 03 April 2012, 11:24