Getting Around Bruges
The best way to get around Bruges is on foot. The city is small – in fact, you can walk from one end to the other in about 30 minutes. Biking is the second-best way to get around. There's also a bus system, but it's most useful in getting from the train station to the city center rather than for exploring the city. Cars are not recommended, since Bruges' streets are narrow and webbed with canals. You can also hire taxis at several taxi stands. The closest major airport is Brussels Airport (BRU), so most visitors take the train into Bruges. The ride from the airport to Bruges is about 90 minutes; tickets start at 21 euros (or around $23). According to the tourism office, taxis from the airport to Bruges cost a flat rate of 200 euros (or about $222). The train station is located just southeast of the city center, about a 20-minute walk from the historic city center or a five-minute bus ride.
This medieval city is so small that traversing it on foot is the best way to get around. The Bruges tourism office offers a handful of walking tour itineraries to help you pack the most sightseeing into your meandering. If you'd rather follow a guide, consider a well-reviewed tour company like Legends Free Walking Tours. Remember to wear sensible shoes, since the cobblestone streets can be tough on your feet.
Your accommodations may provide bikes for use during your stay, but if not, plan to stop by the tourist office to find out where you can rent a bike to explore the city. Companies like Bruges Bike Rental offer bikes for rent for 4 euros (about $4) per hour or 13 euros (about $14.50) for the day, or you can opt for a bike tour with well-reviewed companies like QuasiMundo and Pink Bear Bike Tours.
Public buses are operated by De Lijn. A ticket for a single trip, with transfers, that's valid for one hour costs 3 euros (or about $3.30). Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine, from Lijnwinkel stores, retail outlets or the driver. The Visit Bruges site offers a handy guide to which bus lines will drop you off within walking distance of the main shopping streets, historic buildings and museums.
Station Brugge is the main train station in Bruges. From here, you can travel to cities like Antwerp, Ghent, Hasselt and Brussels. The National Railway Company of Belgium is known as SNCB.
According to travel experts and past travelers, taxis in Bruges are expensive and unnecessary. However, if you're lugging suitcases or out at night, taxis can be a convenient option. There are taxi stands in several areas, including the Market Square and the railway station. For a list of taxi companies and flat rates, consult Visit Bruges.
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