Hop on a train at Brugge station and arrive in Brussels in under an hour, stress-free. The train is a cheap and easy way to travel between the two cities, with just under 60 services running to Brussels per day. You’ll be sipping a delicious Belgian beer in the capital before you know it.
Arriving into Bruxelles-Midi station, you’ll be well placed to explore Brussels. The Palais de Justice (Law Courts of Brussels) is just 20 minutes on foot from the station – the views you get of the city from the Law Courts are fantastic. The Royal Palace of Brussels is just up the road. While it’s no longer the Belgian Monarchy's official residence, the building is stunning nonetheless. Ready to travel to Brussels? Then cast your eyes down this page for useful information on travelling from Bruges to Brussels by train, including ticket prices and FAQs.
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 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.
Second Class is ideal for you if you’re after great value with no hidden extra costs. Once you’ve found your seat, you can charge your devices with the power sockets and relax in the comfortable seating.
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Fancy treating yourself? Upgrade to SNCB First Class and you’ll take advantage of all the amenities of Second Class, as well as quieter carriages and more leg and elbow room.
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When travelling with SNCB, each passenger can take 3 items of luggage on board, as long as the total weight does not exceed 30kg. Once you’ve found your seat, you can stow your luggage in the space provided above and below your seat. You can take the following luggage on board for free:
If you’re hoping to take your bike with you on the train, you’ll need to add a Bike Supplement to your ticket. However, if you’re planning on travelling with a folding bike, you don’t need to worry about paying. Bike Supplements are paid on top of your rail fare and cost €4 for a single journey.
When boarding with a bicycle, speak to the train conductor and they will tell you if there are bicycle spaces available and where you can put your bicycle. SNCB advise you not to travel with a bike at Peak times, because bicycle spaces may not be available.
If you are planning to travel with a guide or assistance dog, travel is free for your dog, and you won’t need to add a Pet Supplement to your ticket. However, when there is a ticket inspection on board the train, you must show the personal access card of a recognised assistance dog training centre. Lastly, guide and assistance dogs do not have to wear a muzzle.
Hoping to take your pet with you on the train? Pets are welcome to travel on all SNCB trains! However, if you want to bring a pet, you must keep them on a lead or in a small basket, cage or box. For animals on a lead, a Pet Supplement costs €3 for a single trip. If your pet is in a small basket, cage or box that does not exceed 30 x 55 x 30cm in dimensions, you do not need to pay for a Pet Supplement. For dogs, a muzzle is not mandatory but is recommended. The train conductor may insist that you put a muzzle on your dog. Finally, your pet is not allowed to sit on the seats or tables.
When travelling on this route, your train will arrive in the centre of the Belgian capital, at Brussels Midi station.
Once you've hopped off the train, you can make your way out of Brussels Midi station. Make sure you keep your ticket to hand, because you’ll need to scan the barcode on your ticket to pass through the gates and exit the platform area.
The average journey time by train between Bruges (Brugge) and Brussels is 58 minutes, with around 75 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 is 54 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels can start from as little as €16.70 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels leaves at 04:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels leaves at 23:05. 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 cover a distance of around 55 miles (88 km) during the journey.