Practical Information

Tourist information

Tel. +32 (0)50 44 46 46
Fax +32 (0)50 44 46 45
email: toerisme@brugge.be

There are several tourist information offices in Bruges:

- Infokantoor (Information office) Markt (Historium) Infokantoor Markt (Historium), Markt 1, 8000 Brugge

- Infokantoor (Information office) 't Zand (Concertgebouw) Infokantoor 't Zand (Concertgebouw), 't Zand 34, 8000 Brugge

- Infokantoor (Information office) Stationsplein (Station) Infokantoor Stationsplein (Station), Stationsplein 8000 Brugge

- Infokantoor (Information office) Zeebrugge 
Zeedijk Zeebrugge (Open during Easter holidays, Whit Weekend, July and August.)

- Bezoekerscentrum Lissewege (Visitors centre Lissewege)
Oude Pastoriestraat 5, 8380 Lissewege June15th,  -> September 15 th 
Phone: +32 50 55 29 55
Email: vvv.lissewege@hotmail.com

 

Police Emergencies European emergency number: Phone 112.

This general number is used in all countries of the European Union to contact the emergency services: police, fire brigade or medical assistance.
The number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Police General telephone number tel. +32 (0)50 44 88 44

Emergency police assistance tel. 101
Working hours Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. and Saturday: 9.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. you can contact the central police services at Kartuizerinnenstraat 4
After working hours there is a 24/7 permanence at the police station at the Lodewijk Coiseaukaai 3

Where is Bruges on the map?

Bruges is about... 25 km (15 miles) from Ostend,
45 km (28 miles) form Ghent,
100 km (62 miles) from Brussels,
200 km (125 miles) from Liège,
150 km (93 miles) from Charleroi,
105 km (65 miles) from Antwerp

How toe get here by Car or camper van ?

E40 Brussels-Bruges -> Exit 8 (follow direction Brugge Centrum)
E40 Bruges - Calais -> to Dover via P&O Ferries or via Eurotunnel
E10/A10 Bruges - Ostend ->to Ramsgate via Transeuropa Ferries
E40/A18 Dunkerque France -> to Dover via Norfolkline
A17/E403 Lille-Kortrijk-Bruges A17 -> (follow direction Brugge Centrum)

Parking in the inner city.

Bruges is a city with a medieval street pattern. Most attractions are within walking distance from your accommodation. To safeguard the attractiveness and the accessibility of the historic city centre, on - street parking is limited to 4 hours in the blue zone and to 2 hours in the metered parking areas. The easiest and safest way to park is to leave your vehicle in one of the underground car parks. The multi - storeye car park near the station offers the cheapest parking. Camper van overnight parking area The Kanaaleiland

(Canal Island) at the Bargeweg offers excellent hard standing for 59 campers all year round. Once your camper is parked, you are just a fiveminute walk from the city centre (via the Beguinage). The parking area is open for new arrivals until 10.00 p.m. It is not possible to make prior reservations.

Apart from these camper van parking areas, there is also a parking lane along the ring road R30, between the city gates Gentpoort and Kruispoort, near the Speelpleinlaan. On this parking lane, all types of vehicles, including camper vans, may be parked.

How about coaches?

In order to optimise urban access and quality of life for residents and visitors alike, no coaches are permitted in Bruges city centre (including 't Zand and the Vrijdagmarkt).
The only safe and obliged pick-up/drop-off area for groups is the coach parking at Bargeplein (Kanaaleiland) which is exclusively reserved for coaches.
This parking lies within easy walking distance from the historic city centre and is a popular starting point for a guided visit.
All amenities necessary (such as toilets, cash dispenser) are available and in case of bad weather there is a canopy for shelter.
“De Lijn” offers a regular city bus service.
Only coaches dropping off/collecting passengers with luggage at/from their hotel get exceptional access to the inner city.
Excursions or contemporary transfers by coach from the hotel are not allowed and are only possible with pick-up/drop-off point at Bargeplein (Kanaaleiland).
The police control the strict compliance of these arrangements!

How to get here by train?

Train connections available from...
- Brussels : every half hour
- all main Belgian cities (Discover the NMBS Day-trip to Bruges starting from any Belgian location)
Website Belgian Rail
- all main European cities

How to get here by airplane?

- Brussels airport (Zaventem)
Brussels is an important hub in international air traffic. Bruges is within easy reach (approximately 1 hour) by car, our train-connection.

- Charleroi Airport 
Several times a day direct bus between Charleroi airport and Bruges 
Departure : Station Brugge, stationsplein (back side)

- Ostend-Bruges international Airport
Our airport  warmly welcomes its passengers.

Tourism tax

From 1 January 2015, the City of Bruges will be introducing a tourism tax of EUR 2 per person per night. This tax relates to all tourist accommodation (hotels, guest houses, hostels,...) with the exception of holiday homes that are subject to a flat-rate tax. Children under 18 are exempt from the tax. If the accommodation is subject to VAT and opts to pass on the tourism tax to the customer as a separate expense, which is internationally customary, the tax will be increased with VAT (currently 6%).

Luggage lockers

-Bagagekluizen Station, Stationsplein 8000 Brugge
-Bagagekluizen Historium, Markt 1, 8000 Brugge

Smoking

In Belgium there is a general ban on smoking in cafés, restaurants, the public areas in hotels (lobby, bar, corridors, etc.) and in all public buildings (train stations, airports, etc.). Those unable to kick the habit will usually find an ashtray just outside (often under shelter).

Cash points

There are cash points in the most important shopping streets, on the Markt (Market Square),’t Zand, Simon Stevinplein, Stationsplein (Railway station Square and on the Kanaaleiland (Canal Island, in the Bargeweg). You can withdraw cash from these machines at any time of the day or night, using your Visa, Eurocard or Mastercard.

Public holidays

Belgium has quite a lot of public holidays. On these holidays most companies, shops, offices and public services are closed.

•1 January (New Year’s Day)
•Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
•1 May (Labour Day)
•Ascension Day
•Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
•11 July (Flemish regional holiday)
•21 July (Belgian national holiday)
•15 August (Ascension of the Blessed Virgin)
•1 November (All Saint’s)
•11 November (Armistice Day)
•25 December (Christmas)
•26 December (Boxing Day)

And how about the weather?

Follow the actual weather in Bruges on Weathercam Brugge .

Weathercam Brugge provides a weather webcam, a weatherstation with actual data and weather forecasts for the region.