From the gilded splendour of Grand Place to the futurism of the Atomium, Brussels never fails to delight once you step off your train from Bruges (Brugge). Topping the list of our favourite things to do is browsing the musical instruments housed in the intriguing Old England Building, going on a quirky beer tour or learning about Brussels historic lacemaking industry in the Costume Museum.
With over 70 direct departures a day and journey times of around an hour, Brussels is almost on the doorstep of Bruges. Departures start in the early morning and continue until late at night, and with both Standard and First Class seats within everyone's budget taking the train from Bruges to Brussels is really the only way to travel. Sit back and watch the scenery unfold with no unfamiliar roads to navigate or parking spaces to find.
Your comfortable SNCB train will have plenty of legroom and luggage space along with toilets and power sockets. And, once your train from Bruges pulls into Brussels Central Station, Grand Place and the historic heart of the city is no more than a five-minute walk away. Ready to travel? Check out the FAQs, train times and ticket info below.
SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Bruges (Brugge) and Brussels Central is 1 hour and 6 minutes, with around 72 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central is 1 hour and 1 minute.
Train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central can start from as little as $20.26 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central without having to change trains. There are 56 direct trains from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central leaves at 04:09. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central leaves at 23:24. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels Central cover a distance of around 55 miles (89 km) during the journey.