1. Arriving in Brussels/Zaventem
Belgium's main international airport (Brussel Nationaal in Dutch) is situated about 15 km/9 miles outside Brussels in the town of Zaventem (approximately 110 kilometres/68 miles from Bruges). Flight schedules for departures and arrivals are available at the official Brussels airport website at www.brusselsairport.be.
The easiest way to travel from Brussels airport to Bruges is by train. The train station is located on level -1 of the airport building. The Airport City Express Train leaves 4 times an hour to Brussels North, Central and South Station.
You will have to change in Brussels North, Central or South Station where you can take a connecting train to Bruges. The complete journey by train from Brussels airport to Bruges station will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are 2 trains per hour leaving from Brussels South-Central or North to Bruges. Timetables are available on the Belgian Railways website (www.b-rail.be).
Arrival time: http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/passngr/flinfo/arrivs/
2. Arriving in Brussels-South/Charleroi
Belgium's other international airport, Brussels-South, is located in Charleroi, at 40 km/25 miles from Brussels city and operates low cost airlines. Flight schedules for departures and arrivals are available at www.charleroi-airport.com.
There are direct shuttle bus connections from Brussels-South airport to Bruges train station. Tickets are on sale inside the Charleroi airport terminal (counter no. 1) and on the internet: www.voyages-lelan.be. Buses depart from the airport 4 times a day. The journey between Charleroi and Bruges takes approximately 2 hours.
3. Arriving in Amsterdam/Schiphol
Flight schedules for departures and arrivals at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam are available at www.schiphol.nl. From Amsterdam, you can take the fast Thalys connection to Brussels. It is necessary to book in advance - for more information and timetables visit www.thalys.com. From Brussels there are regular trains to Bruges, the journey takes about 1 hour - timetables are available on the Belgian Railways website (www.b-rail.be). See also point 1 - Arriving in Brussels/Zaventem above.
4. Arriving in Paris/Charles de Gaulle
Flight schedules for departures and arrivals at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris are available at www.paris-cdg.com. The rapid RER train service links Charles de Gaulle Airport with central Paris. Trains run every 15 minutes (eight minutes in peak periods) and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Line B runs from the TGV station at Terminal 2 to Gare du Nord, from where you can take the fast Thalys connection to Bruges. . It is necessary to book in advance - for more information and timetables visit www.thalys.com.
5. Arriving in London/Heathrow
Flight schedules for departures and arrivals at Heathrow airport in London are available at www.heathrowairport.com. Heathrow Express is the fastest transport connection between Heathrow and central London. Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes between Heathrow Central and London Paddington, a 15-minute journey. From Paddington station there is a direct underground connection to London St. Pancras, from where you can take the fast Eurostar connection to Brussels. It is necessary to book in advance - for more information and timetables visit www.eurostar.com.
From Brussels there are regular trains to Bruges, the journey takes about 1 hour - timetables are available on the Belgian Railways website (www.b-rail.be). See also point 1 - Arriving in Brussels/Zaventem above.
There is a direct international (Thalys) train connection between Paris and Bruges. If you are travelling from Amsterdam or London, you will need to change in Brussels. . It is necessary to book in advance - for more information and timetables visit www.thalys.be (for connections from Paris and Amsterdam) or www.eurostar.com (for connections from London). Timetables, prices and information on international train connections between Brussels and other European cities are available on www.b-rail.be under ‘Travelling in Europe’. International trains usually arrive and leave from Brussels South Station (“Bruxelles Midi” in French/“Brussel Zuid” in Dutch), from where you can catch a train to Bruges. The train journey between Brussels and Bruges takes app. 1 hour.
Train connections: from Brussels airport Zaventem to Bruges