Bruges is not a big city so you do not have to use public transport and you can walk. The train station is 1.5 km from the old town and the walk to the old town is great and not not tired at all. Once in the old town everything is close and you do not need to take the bus.
Brujas no es una ciudad grande por lo que no hay que usar transporte público y se puede ir andando. La estación de tren está a 1.5 km del centro historico y es una delicicia de paseo y no se hace nada de pesado. Una vez en el centro todo está cerca y no es necesario coger el autobús.
Brugge is a quick walk (15-20 minutes) from the train station. The train leaves Brussels Central Station every hour and the trip to Brugge takes 1 hour, through beautiful countryside. Very convenient for a day trip - we arrived around noon and spent the afternoon wandering the streets, taking a canal tour and exploring the shops. We had an early dinner and were on the 7:30 train back to Brussels.
Bruges is most definately a city for walking. It is a safe city to walk around and there isn't lots of cars about - some of the streets are pedestrian only.
I think by walking a city you always get to see so much more - things that are off the beaten path.
Walking and cycling are the best ways to see Brugge. It is an easy place to get around; carry a street plan marked with your hotel and some of the famous attractions so even if you take a wrong turn it would be difficult to get lost. In fact taking a "wrong turn" is likely to lead you to yet another delightful corner missed on a previous walk!
Local people use cycles and these are available for tourists to hire from a number of depots - the biggest we spotted was near the station. We saw families with special bikes for small children to ride behind, tandems and trikes.
If you are on foot beware of fast moving, silent cycles behind you. It does not seem to be the custom for riders to ring a warning bell - as I am used to at home in the UK.
The historical center of the town is classified as a World's Heritage Site by UNESCO and there is a reason. Please leave your car outside and walk around. There is something to attract your attention in every step.
When I'm in a new town, I prefer exploring it on foot. And this charming city really has a lot to offer, so many beautiful buildings, monuments, bridges to cross, details...not to mention the wonderful possibility to get lost in side streets and meet the locals.
You can take the horse carriage or you can go on the canal boat tour, but by far the best way to really see Brugge is WALK. We explored every nook and cranny of this beautiful, picturesque place --- by foot. Of course we rested once in a while at a sidewalk cafe' or park bench.
In this photo you realize just what a busy, popular place, Brugge is and as a bonus it was a beautiful sunny day.
Bruges is a small city and so it is very easy to walk around, just wear comfy shoes because almost all of the streets and squares are cobble stones!
The two main squares where the majority of the attractions are, are right next to each other so it would be pointless using public transport unless you had to!*
Brugge is an ambler's paradise, littered with beautiful and historic buildings and elegant cafes. While the town has its fair share of topnotch sights and activities, walking around the town and discovering its simple charms may well be one of the most rewarding experiences Brugge has to offer. In this town, every building, park and shop deserved is its own spectacle. Because of Brugge's small and compact size, it is possible to walk from the MARKT square (at the north side of town) to its small train station (at the south side of town) in about 30 minutes, with most of Brugge's sights somewhere in between.
The best way to see Brugge is to walk. I prefer to walk and find my own way, without using a map. But, as I said before, this is a fairly big place, even the old centre alone. There are a few maps standing at various places that may be of help, or you can buy one at many places. Some extra indication however would be nice. Signs in the streets in Brugge aren't helpful at all; they only point at hotels, not important sights. And not every hotel is a sight in Brugge, and not every sight a hotel.
I simply strolled around the town. I think that bicycles are available for rent and that would be a good way, too. However, the central part of the city is not so large that you can't cover it comfortably on foot.
Brugge is a gorgeous little city filled with lovely cobbled streets and alleyways that, as any well seasoned traveller knows, truly tell a city's story.
Brugge is a very small city. The tourist office itself (www.bruges.be) has walking tour maps. Really, walking is THE way to see Brugge.
The easiest way to get to Bruges is by train. Visit the Thalys site for connections from Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
Walking is the best way to see each nook and cranny. However to get from the train station to the center of town you save your feet some walking by taking bus # 1,3,4,6 or any bus marked 'Centrum' Tickets cost 1 Euro. Buses run from 6 a.m. to 11p.m.
Forget about public transportation. All you need is a healthy pair of feet and comfortable shoes. The city is small and is very easy to navigate by foot. One other option for the romantics is horse drawn carriage which you can find at either The Markt or The Burg. Pictured to the left is The Burg.
This town is tiny, dinky ity-bity. You can walk from the main train station (about a half hour from Brussels) and walk right into the main square. I'm sure any hotel you pick you can walk to.