Welcome to the summary of what's useful to know when travelling to Brugge/Bruges by train.
Brugge train station is to the south of the historic city centre, but all of the city's many attractions are within a 25 min walk.
If you want to head to the city centre from the station, the best alternative to heading off on foot is to take the free shuttle bus which departs every 5 minutes - though note that it leaves from a stop to the right of the bus station, which is in front of the train station exit.
It's city centre stop is on the north side of the Grote Markt in the heart of the city.
Regular bus routes/lines 1, 4. 6, 11 and 12 connect the station to the stop named Dijver which is to the south of the Grote Markt.
The overwhelming majority of accommodation in Brugge is inevitably located in its historic city centre, but if you arrive by train and have luggage then jumping in a taxi is the logical means of getting to your hotel.
All of these hotels in the heart of Brugge will be a minimum of a 15 min walk from the station.
If you would prefer to stay within a 10 min walk of Brugge Central station, the options are much more limited, there are no 5* hotels in the area.
Hotels within 10 min walk of Brugge station:
A great reason for extending a stay in beautiful Brugge is to use the city as a base for exploring Flanders by train.
Bruges/Brugge has particularly good access to the Belgian coast, there are 2-3 x trains per hour from the city to Oostende and hourly trains to the coastal resorts of Blankenberge and Knokke, the journey time to all three towns is under 25 miins.
Blankenberge, Knokke, Oostende and towns south of Oostende including Middelkerke, Nieuwpoort and De Panne are all linked every 15 mins by The Belgian Coastal Tramway
The train stations at Blankenberge, Knokke and Oostende are all adjacent to Coastal tram stops.
The most picturesque town on the coast, De Hann, has easy access from Brugge via Oostende and the tram.
Other easy train links from/to Brugge are:
Train times can be looked up here
Brugge also has easy access by direct train from/to Bruxelles National Aeroport.
On Mon-Friday there is an hourly fast train via Gent, which has a journey time of 1hr 30mins.
There is also a daily train service via Kortrijk that has a journey of 2hr 30mins, but a weekends it will be quicker to make connections between trains at Bruxelles-Midi station.
Train times can be looked up here
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