As one of the most popular places to visit in the world, the medieval city of Bruges attracts millions of visitors per year from all over the globe. Many of these visitors will arrive via Zeebrugge, the international port of Bruges. With a distance of just 17 kilometres from the port, those travelling via a P&O ferry have a variety of options when getting from Zeebrugge to Bruges.
One of the easiest ways to get to Bruges is to jump aboard the coach transfer right to the city centre. The ferry usually arrives in Zeebrugge at 8.45am during the week or 9.30am over the weekend (continental time), and the coach departs as soon as all of the passengers have disembarked and passed through immigration. As the port is only a short journey from Bruges, the coach usually only takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic. The coach will drop you off in Bargeplein, which is a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bus journey to Market Place, and has all the chocolate and beer your heart desires. The return bus to the ferry leaves at 5.30pm sharp, so make sure you are on it!
Car & Taxi
For those driving into Bruges, the expressway will take you to the city in around 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Getting from Zeebrugge to Bruges by car is easy, but the city centre is easily congested and parking often limited, so find a hotel with a reserved space or park your car in the car park by Centrum Station. If you want to travel via taxi, these can be booked beforehand and usually cost around 45-50-Euros.
Train & Tram
The public transport in Belgium is efficient, cheap and easy to navigate with a little planning. The closest train station to the ferry port is Zeebrugge Strand, while a little further away is the Zeebrugge Dorp station. The train times from these stations are somewhat infrequent, with the journey taking approximately 20-30 minutes. Both of the stations are closed during certain periods of the year, so ensure you check they are open before your journey. Alternatively, many locals prefer to travel to Bruges via Blankenberge train station, which offers a faster line and more frequent trains. The station is 2.5 kilometres away, and can be accessed via a long walk, a short tram or train from the terminal.
However you make it into the stunning city of Bruges, the landscape of flowing canals, medieval architecture and cobbled stone streets will have you coming back again and again.