Using a combination of Eurostar and local trains, taking trains to Bruges is straightforward enough to put this beautiful city within easy reach for short breaks. With careful planning of transfer times at Brussels, trains to Bruges from London take just over three hours. Eurostar services from London St Pancras International to Brussels-Midi take approximately two hours. The onward journey, operated by Belgian provider SNCB, leaves from Brussels-Midi and arrives at Bruges Station just under one hour later.
Bruges Station is one of the busiest in Belgium and located in the suburb of Ronse which is just a short walk from the historic heart of Bruges. As well as from Brussels and Brussels Airport, trains also arrive at Bruges from Ostend, Antwerp, Ghent and Genk. Facilities at the station include car and bicycle parking, bus stops, a taxi rank, left luggage lockers, a cafe and toilets.
Trains to Brussels from London are operated by Eurostar while the onward journey is on trains provided by SNCB, the Belgian national operator. Both use modern high-speed rolling stock.
Travelling by train to Bruges gives a smoother journey than flying which involves transferring to a train for the second part of the route. There are no lengthy check-in times or long security queues and with careful planning, transferring trains at Brussels-Midi is quick and straightforward. The departure point of London St Pancras International is centrally located in London and easily reached from many parts of the UK. Once onboard, the trains are comfortable and spacious with facilities that include wifi, toilets, luggage storage space, power outlets and onboard catering.
Bruges is a delightfully pretty medieval town. Visit in winter for the Christmas markets, in spring to enjoy the carpets of daffodils and tulips that decorate the city or in summer to enjoy al fresco dining on moules and frites in Markt, the impressive central square. Spending a couple of nights in the city gives visitors time to explore Bruge's picturesque canals and gilded buildings as well as the breathtaking nocturnal floodlighting. While Bruges has an extensive network of local buses, it is easy to see everything either on foot or from the water.