Planning a Football Trip to Bruges? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Bruges – How to get to Bruges & How to get around
Football Trip to Bruges – Fly to Bruges
The nearest airport to Bruges is Ostend-Bruges International Airport, located close to Ostend on the Belgian coast. Bruges is 25km from the airport. This is a very small airport with very few flights. At present (late 2012) there are no direct flights from the UK.
The nearest major airport that you will be able to fly to is Brussels. Read about flying to Brussels in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Brussels
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Directions from the Airport
An airport bus (number 6) makes the short journey to Ostend railway station. Buses for the airport leave from platform 15. There are around 3 trains an hour from Ostend to Bruges. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approximately €4. Buses usually take much longer. Ostend train station is close to the ferry terminal and the bus station.
From Brussels Airport or Charleroi Airport you will probably need to get a train to Brussels Sud station unless you time it to get a direct train from Brussels airport. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes roughly to get the train from Brussels airport and closer to 3 hours from Charleroi.
Taxis from the Airport
A taxi to Ostend from the airport costs € 10 to € 15. A taxi journey to Bruges takes longer and is therefore more expensive, the price is about € 70.
Don’t even think about a taxi from Brussels airport to Bruges.
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Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Train
If you arrive into Brussel Midi on the Eurostar from the UK and intend to head on to Brugge (Bruges), you will now need to purchase such travel when purchasing the Eurostar ticket – that is, to include rail travel within Belgium
Reaching Bruges by train is easy; Bruges is only 3 hours 20 minutes from London St Pancras via the Eurostar to Brussels and a NMBS train from Brussels to Bruges, prices start at £29 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide s coaches a day to Bruges from London leaving at 7:00 which arrives at 14:25
For an overnight coach you will have to get it to Brussels and then get the train from there in the morning.
Football Trip to Bruges – Travel By Ferry
Transeuropa Ferries offer four sailings every day, with each taking four hours to reach their destination from the port of Ramsgate.
Football Trip to Bruges – Travel Around Bruges
The best way to explore Bruges is on foot. Built in a bygone era before the motor car, the Old Town was never designed to accommodate vehicles and is best avoided. If you want to get from A to B quickly then follow the locals’ lead and get on your bike – two wheels are definitely better than four in Bruges.
Most main attractions are within a five- to 15-minute walk of each other. We recommend the main tourism office at the Concert Bowl (Concertgebouwl, ‘t Zand) as a starting point, where you can pick up free do-it-yourself walking tours and itineraries.
Boats also tour the city by water. Tours are typically a half hour and give you a great ducks-eye-view of the center of Bruges. An individual ticket costs €6.90 (Children 4-11 years €3.20, children under 4 are free).
Football Trip to Bruges – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Bruges – The Stadium
The stadium was built in 1975. It currently has 29,042 seats. It is named after Jan Breydel, an instigator of the Bruges Matins, the insurgency that led to the Battle of the Golden Spurs. Prior to 1999 and the Euro 2000 Championship the stadium was known as Olympiastadion, the Olympic stadium in Dutch, and had 18,000 seats. During December 2015 the surface of the pitch it has been changed with an Hybrid Grass (a mix of natural and artificial grass) named Mixto Hybrid Grass Technology, a 100% Made in Italy product.
Football Trip to Bruges – Getting to the Stadium
By bus from the main railway station, take either line 5 or 15 in the direction of St.-Andries. The ride takes about 15 minutes and it is a further 5 minutes walking from stop Sint-Andries.
Football Trip to Bruges – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online for Club Brugge via the club website
For Club Brugge each stand has its own ticket office where you can buy tickets on a match day, they rarely sell out for league games.
You can order Cercle Brugge tickets by invoice via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day of the game go to the ticket office at the stadium open at one and a half hours before the game.
Football Trip to Bruges – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Check the Pro League website when planning your football trip to Belgium for latest fixture information.
The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Bruges – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Bruges – Where to stay
Stay in the centre so that you can walk to all the bars and restaurants and see all the sights.
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Football Trip to Bruges – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Bruges it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
What else to see
If you want to see all the sights consider a City Card (bruggecitycar.be) which costs £29 for 48 hours – or £26 if you’re 26. It gets you into all of the museums and attractions.
Craenenburg – Probably the best-known café in Bruges, due to its location and history: it was here that Margaret of York stood to watch jousting tournaments in honour of her marriage to Charles the Bold in 1468.
De Halve Maan – The sole working brewery in Bruges, run by one family since 1856, and a brewery museum as well as a bar. Records from 1564 also note the existence on Walplein of a brewery called Die Maene (The Moon).
enjoy the view of theMarkt before the tourists arrive. On Wednesdays there’s an open market here well-equipped with locally made jams and a dozen chocolate praline stands
Try a visit to the Dali museum for €10
The Historic Centre of Bruges is a testimony to the wonderful architecture the town has. As soon as you are in this square, you are consumed by the gothic buildings and how impressive they are. It represents, in one place, the culture and identity of Bruges.
The Markt is the heart of Bruges and home to the Belfry which stands out across the square and is magnificent when lit up. You can climb the 366 steps to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of Bruges. Surrounded by restaurants and cafes, it is a great place to dine and enjoy a strong, local beer and, of course, take in the scenery.
The Basilica, located in the Markt, is stunning on the inside; you can enter for just two euros. The Relic of the Holy Blood claims to be Christ’s blood preserved and is paraded around Bruges in a grand procession with thousands of spectators, on Ascension Day.
10 of the Best Bars in Bruges
‘t Brugs Beertje or the “Little Bear” (brugsbeerteje.be). Boasting more than 300 types of beer, including everything from chocolate to cherry flavours, there’s plenty of choice in this old-fashioned, characterful wooden bar.
Cambrinus serves the magnificent Menu of the Brewers (£22), consisting of Trappist Cheese Croquettes, followed by Flemish carbonades prepared with “Gulden Draak” Beer served with applesauce, and to finish, a crème brûlée perfumed with the dark Abbey beer of Ename (cambrinus.eu).
Staminee De Garre is a wood-panelled establishment hidden away down a narrow alleyway off Breidelstraat (De Garre 1). Draught beer starts from about £3 a glass and every drink is served with a portion of cheese cubes.
Comptoir des Arts, a jazz/blues club/art gallery/beer bar/whiskey bar mashup started by an ex-employee of ‘t Bruges Beertje. Their website dares customers to “enjoy without moderation,” and with around 100 beers and some very interesting whiskey, you might want to.
De Kelk, an odd bar about a ten minute walk from the Markt (central square). The decor is a bit tacky (but delightfully so, and in a fairly refined manner), with the usual Belgian beer signage complemented by a rack of vintage Champagne bottles and rare beer bottles peppered throughout the room.
De Garre. Situated just off the main square —this is the only place in Belgium that serves the excellent Tripel De Garre (brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge). De Garre 1, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Café Rose Red – Cordoeanierstreet 18 – Somewhat more sophisticated than the other beer bars that we visited in the city but perhaps therefore a bit less of a relaxed vibe. Very friendly service. Good beer list, with lots of lambics, not so much on tap
‘t Brugs Bieratelier or ‘t Brugsche Bieratelier (as it says on the sign above the entrance). This is a small beer pub which opened up five months ago, on December 1st 2012.
Brouwerij Fort Lapin – Just north of old town Bruges, in Koolkerkse Steenweg 32, a new brewery called Brouwerij Fort Lapin made their debut early 2012 with the Fort Lapin 8 – an 8% abbey tripel beer. Their beer labels carry a pair of rabbit ears above the “o” in Fort, which harks back to the French meaning of the name – “fort lapin” means “strong rabbit”.
Poatersgat – The beer connoisseur’s favourite bar in Bruges, as small inside as its reputation is large, this has become a beer-lovers mecca since it was established some 20 years ago.
You get a view of the square from the Duvelorium bar without having to pay entry to the Historium museum It’s the perfect place to relax from the hectic tourist crowds (for some reason the bar was almost empty when we visited around 2pm!) and taste some of Belgium’s best beers.
The Bauhaus stand out one of the best beer bars in Bruges is the fact that they offer a beer tasting experience every evening with a guide that can properly explain the difference between Trappist beers, Abbey beers, Tripels, Ales and more for just 12.50 EUR.