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By Air:The international Brussels National Airport is located ca. 1,5 hour from Bruges. Arriving at Brussels/Zaventem airport: The Airport City Express conveniently leaves from within the airport building (floor -2) and takes you four times an hour to one of the main stations in Brussels (subsequently Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi). In Brussels you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Bruges” (directions: “Knokke / Blankenberge”, “Oostende” all stop in Bruges – approximately 2-3 trains per hour). Every hour, a train runs directly from the airport to the railway station “Bruges” (Travel time: 90 minutes).
Charleroi Brussels South Airport: There are 3 options for travelling between Charleroi (Brussels South) Airport and Bruges:
The international Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located ca. 3 hours from Bruges. The Thalys and InterCity train services depart from the Airport railway station “Schiphol Plaza”. Thalys to Antwerp Central or Brussels-South (Brussel-Zuid or Bruxelles-Midi) and Inter City train to Brussels (Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi), there you can switch to the Belgian trains that run directly to or via Bruges railway station (directions: “Knokke/Blankenberge”, “Oostende” or “Bruges”). From Antwerp Central Station you switch to the Belgian trains that run to or via Bruges railway station (direction “Oostende”, please mind there is once per hour a train to Bruges). For train schedules visit this websites: B-europe and Schiphol.
By high-speed train:The closest international railway station for high-speed trains is Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station (arrival of Thalys, TGV, Eurostar, ICE, etc.). Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Bruges”, (directions “Brugge”, “Knokke/Blankenberge”, “Oostende” all stop in Bruges ).
Regular connections by train to Bruges railway station with a journey time of ca. 1 hour. Train schedules are available here. Note that the last direct train from Bruges’ railway station to the Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station departs at 23h 22 and arrives at 00h 18.
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