Bruges in one day: the best route


This guide of Witches in a day It will help you prepare the best route through one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe, making the most of your time.
Although 24 hours may seem insufficient, it should be borne in mind that the old town of Bruges, a World Heritage Site, is quite small and you can reach all points of interest on foot in which in addition to touring all the narrow cobbled streets from the center and take a boat trip through its canals, you cannot leave the city, without having a Belgian craft beer in one of its terraces or trying its reputed chocolate.

Based on the time we spent in the city during our trip to Bruges and Brussels, we have optimized a route to get to know the best of Witches in a day so you don't miss any important experience. We start!

How to get to Bruges

The most common way to get to Bruges is by public transport from the Charleroi and Zaventem airports, or from the 3 main stations in Brussels: North, South (Midi) and Central.
From Zaventem airport the best option is the train in the direction of Oostende which takes 90 minutes and costs 21 euros. If you leave from one of the Brussels stations, the journey takes one hour and leaves for about 15 euros.

If you land in Charleroi you can use the bus service of the Flibco company, which travels in just over 2 hours, for an amount that moves between 5 and 18 euros, depending on the advance with which you book the tickets on this web page.

If you prefer a more comfortable alternative with which you will know the history of the city is to book this excursion with a guide in Spanish or this one that includes the city of Ghent, both with a guide in Spanish and considered two of the best excursions in Brussels.

For more information on the transfer you can consult this post on how to go from Brussels to Bruges.

Where to sleep in Bruges

Our recommended accommodation to make a Bruges route in one day It is the Hotel Loreto, located 10 minutes from the Grotemarkt, in the historic center of the city that in addition to its excellent location, has a very complete breakfast and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.

Tips for saving in Bruges

Following this list of tips will help you on your first visit to Bruges:

  • A good option to save money on train journeys is to travel on the weekend when there is a 50% discount or if you make several journeys, buy the Rail Pass, a 10-trip ticket, which costs 80 euros (50 euros if you are under 26 years old) and can be used by several people at once.
  • Complete this list of places to visit in Bruges essential and if you have more days this places to see in Belgium incredible.
  • If you have little time and want to know some points farther from the center such as the Kruisvest mills, it is advisable to book the tourist bus with comments recorded in Spanish.
  • The sockets in Belgium are the same as those in Spain, so you won't need an adapter.
  • To know the history of the city and not miss anything important, it is very interesting to book some of the best free tours of Bruges such as this free tour of the old town or this free tour of mysteries and legends.
  • If you are going to spend the night in the city and have a tight budget, book the hotel at the most months in advance to find the best prices.
  • If you do not want to pay commissions when withdrawing money from ATMs and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, our two favorite cards for travel. You can find much more information in the post the best cards to travel without commissions.

What to see in Bruges in one day

The route of Witches in a day It begins arriving early in the morning to the Grote Markt, the main square of the city, surrounded by historic buildings of colorful facades, which has in the Belfort Belfry Tower and the statue of the center, its most prominent places in addition to deserve a lot It is worth climbing the 366 steps of the tower, to have the best views of the medieval old town of Bruges.

Map of Bruges in one day