Getting Around Bruges

Getting Around Bruges - Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a pretty easy place to get around. While you'll be mostly walking, other options do exist and are recommended. For example, during our visit, we also made time for a boat trip, a bike ride and took a taxi to our hotel upon arrival.

Here's a quick overview of ways to get around Bruges.

Walking around Bruges

As long as you're not overburdened with chocolates or luggage, your walking shoes are the best way to see Bruges. Most main attractions are within a five- to 15-minute walk of each other. We recommend the main tourism office at the Concert Bowl (Concertgebouwl, 't Zand) as a starting point, where you can pick up free do-it-yourself walking tours and itineraries. Grab a map and get moving!

Boats in Bruges

You've seen it in films, those whimsical boats that tour the city by water. Tours are typically a half hour and give you a great ducks-eye-view of the center of Bruges. An individual ticket costs €6.90 (Children 4-11 years €3.20, children under 4 are free). Groups of 20 or more people receive discounted tickets.

Buses in Bruges

There are limited city bus stops in Bruges, but enough at the major hubs (like Markt Square and the train station) to give travelers a respite when the feet have had enough. Regional buses are a great way to get out of town and see the countryside. For more information, visit the Bruges Tourism Board's web site or De Lijn’s site, the national bus system for Belgium.

Another option is to take a City Tour coach bus tour of Bruges. Tickets are available on-line and in person. Adult tickets are €11.50, children are €6, and families of 4 (2 children, 2 adults) are €30. Visit the web site for more details.

Bicycles in Bruges

Bruges can be a very bicycle-friendly place. For one, there are loads of rental places in the city center and many streets that serve cyclists with two-way lanes.

Bikes will run you between €4 to 7 an hour. Full day fares are the way to go at a rate of €9-10. Some bike rentals offer a 24-hour rate for around €30. Koffieboontje seems to be the most popular rental company, with an office near the main bell tower.

Here’s a list of bike rental agencies recommended by the Bruges Tourism Board.

Bauhaus Bike Rental

Pedal Power (050-34-65-27)

Eric Popelier (050-34-32-62)

Koffieboontje

De Ketting (050 34 41 96)

Snuffel Backpacker Hostel

For a fun nighttime bike tour, try Quasimundo, also recommended by the tourism office. A toured evening roll will cost you €24.

Taxis in Bruges

Taxis are available at designated spots throughout the city, most notably in front of the Market and at the main train station.