Frequently Asked Questions About Bruges

By August 19, 2016FAQ

We’ve collected some of the most common questions about Bruges (FAQ).

Bruges or Brugge?

Brugge is the Dutch version of Bruges, the two terms are interchangable. It’s also referred to as the Venice of the North, thanks to its numerous canals. You can read more about that here.

Does Bruges have an airport?

No, the nearest airport is in Oostend or Brussels. Here’s a map.

How do I get from Brussels to Bruges?

It takes 1 hour 15 minutes hours by car, or just over an hour by train.

Does the Eurostar go to Bruges?

Not directly, but if you buy a Eurostar ticket your travel onwards from Brussels to Bruges is included. It’s just one train, from the same station as you arrive in on the Eurostar.

What language is spoken?

In Bruges there are a mixture of languages spoken – Flemish (a Belgian version of Dutch), Dutch, German and, to a lesser extent, French are all considered native. English is spoken by almost everyone in Bruges as a second language however.

What public transport is available?

When you are in Bruges, it is best to avoid driving as the busy, labyrinthine medieval streets of the city centre can be a nightmare. There are buses that you can use to get around, which are specifically designed to fit through the narrow streets.

The historic centre is not very big, so it is possible to walk between most locations. There are also numerous places to hire a bike, and cycling is easy within Bruges.

Are taxis available?

There are taxi services available within the city, although they will be more expensive than using the buses available.

Is Uber or Lyft available in Bruges?

No, not yet! Uber is only in Brussels or Liege

What currency is used?

 Belgium uses the Euro.

How far is the train station from the centre of town?

You can walk from the station to Markt Square in 20 minutes. Our apartments can be reached in less than that.

What is the local speciality?

Food and drink! Beer, chocolate and moules frites (mussels with french fries), specifically. Check out our Restaurant Recommendations to learn more.

 

Local tips

  • It’s fun to get lost in Bruges while you wander through the lovely historic streets. Remember you can always use the bell tower in the city centre to help re-orient yourself.
  • Bring good walking shoes, the best way to explore the city is on foot. Don’t wear heels, they will make it way too difficult to walk down the quaint cobbled streets.
  • If you want to use Bruges as a base for exploring other destinations in Belgium, you can use the Belgian Railways Railcard. It costs around 85 Euros and it is good for 10 single journeys between any two Belgium stations.
  • You can purchase the Bruges Card, which offers you discounts to most of the major attractions and can be picked up at any of the hotels or hostels around the city.
  • Also, if you are planning on visiting more than two of the museums it might be worth buying a combined Musea Brugge ticket.
  • If you visit during June, July and August watch out for the mosquitos around the canals. They are especially active at dusk.
  • Remember that all the museums in Bruges are closed on Mondays!
  • Some cafes and restaurants (particularly in the more touristy areas) insist on a minimum card payment of 25 euros. Cash machines are available, but they’re not plentiful.

Tourism in Bruges

8.75 million people visited Bruges in 2015 and studies expect it to be 13.5 million in 2030.

Two million nights are spend in Bruges. This brings a revenue of 441 million euro and creates jobs for 6000 people.

Brussels-Bruges is the most popular combination via bus or car but also Amsterdam-Bruges becomes more and more important.

A lot of British tourists combine Bruges with Ypres to visit the World war heritage sites.

During high season days Bruges attracts 45.000 people per day.

19.000 people live in the inner city of Bruges,  while Bruges has a population of 117.000 inhabitants.

 

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