Travel Guide: In Bruges, Belgium

Welcome to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today we’re going to the nicest city with the worst reputation for the sake of one film, Bruges.

Despite having a boring reputation (established by a wildly mediocre 2008 film), Bruges is one of the most authentically preserved city in Belgium. It is often referred as The Venice of the North but that probably doesn’t tell you much apart from the fact there are canals.

Here’s (almost) everything you need to know about visiting Bruges.

Getting there

Bruges is on the outer-belt of ‘places that you can travel to on a train from England’. Until I think of a catchier title for these places, I’ll do some investigating into train prices from London to Bruges. Right, the route departs from St Pancras via Bruxelles and should only take about 3 and a half hours (a return will cost you a little over £100).

There are no direct flights to Bruges, you will have to go via Brussels like everybody else. With prices close to £70 each way, you’d be much better off getting the train, honestly.


Image credit: Instagram – @VisitBruges


Looking at Air BnB prices for a group in mid-July, expect to pay somewhere between £15-£20 a night depending on the quality of the place and how central you want to be. However, Bruges is so insanely walkable, it doesn’t really matter where you’re staying.

The prices for Hostels is about the with dorms for as cheap as £17 per person, per night!


Image credit: Instagram – @visitbruges

Things to do

Here is our top recommendation for things to do in Bruges:

  • Just explore: you shouldn’t let a website tell you the best things to do. Go there yourself and soak in as much history as you can. And then find your own restaurants, your own coffee shops; cultivate your own experience!