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Day Trip to Bruges

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Day Trip to Bruges

I am with my wife in Brussels and having a great time so far!

We have managed to find Central Station but wanted to know how easy (and how much it is) to get the train to Bruges? Does it take about an hour and which train station do we need to get off at?

Any help would be appreciated :)

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1. Re: Day Trip to Bruges

It's as easy as anywhere else (what would make it difficult?) - you just have to buy a ticket, find the right platform and get on the right train!

Cost is €13.80 single or €27.60 return (= 2 singles) on a weekday, or €14.80 weekend return on a Saturday or Sunday, all year round: but for travel on a Saturday or Sunday in January, there is a special internet deal of €9 day return, which you would have to buy from www.belgianrail.be - or the link from sefora fares module, sefora.b-rail.be/sefora/Sefora/berekenen.do… (and have access to your e-mail address and a printer, for homeprinting). You cannot buy this "shopping deal" ticket at the station, so you will probably want to ask for a weekend return (aller-retour) to Brugge. The ticket clerks usually speak at least 4 languages including English.

Yes, IC (InterCity) trains take about 1 hr to Brugge and the station you get off at is - Brugge. These trains, which have as final destination Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge, stop only at Gent St. Pieters between Brussels and Brugge. In Brussels, they stop at Gare du Nord, Gare centrale and Gare du Midi.

If you want to go tomorrow, there are IC trains from Bruxelles-Central at 21 (Knokke-Blankenberge) and 59 (Oostende) mins past each hour, usually from platform 2 or 4: for example, the 09:21 to Knokke departs from platform 4 and arrives at Brugge at 10:24. You can see platform numbers for each departure on the departure board above the ticket office, on the yellow timetable displays in the ticket hall and on platforms, and on monitors all around the station. In addition, at the side of the steps down to each platform it tells you which is the next train from that platform (which may be an earlier one than yours), as do signs above each platform, and of course the destination of incoming trains is announced (in French and Dutch) as they come in. People on the platform will also help you if you aren't sure you are in the right place.

Domestic train tickets are not restricted to specific departures, you can take any train (IC or IR) to Brugge on the date given on the ticket: so it doesn't matter if you miss the train you intended to take, you can just get on the next one; and you don't have to say what time you intend to come back, as your ticket is valid on any train until the last on the day in question (which, for tomorrow, for example, leaves Brugge at 23:05). On board the train, a ticket inspector will come around (normally twice, between Bruxelles-Midi and Ghent and between Ghent and Brugge) and clip your ticket - for the trip concerned, for a return trip, you will receive 2 tickets.

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2. Re: Day Trip to Bruges

Thank you again qaminari :)

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3. Re: Day Trip to Bruges

Hi,

I just went to Bruge on Saturday, Dec. 28, there is a Christmas deal which cost 10 euros return. Bruge is full of tourists and it is much more expensive there than Brussels. It's an awesome place to visit. Buy chocolates they are so good. I avoided Godiva because we have stores in Vancouver and I often go to Godiva's. There were swans in one of the canals.

Edited: 05 January 2014, 04:16
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4. Re: Day Trip to Bruges

I have a question, Can you get off at Ghent and then carry on to Bruges if you buy the January special return ticket?

Edited: 15 January 2014, 01:18
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5. Re: Day Trip to Bruges

<Can you get off at Ghent and then carry on to Bruges if you buy the January special return ticket?>

No.

belgianrail.be/en/…shopping-deal.aspx

http://www.belgianrail.be/en/travel-tickets/tickets/~/media/A3CA94B1F89D4EF9AEEEFBDB49C3A072.ashx

See "Ticket Conditions": Break in journey not allowed.

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