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Take the train from Bruges to Brussels

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.

Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 58m to travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 55 miles (88 km). There are normally 75 trains per day travelling from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €16.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 54m
PriceFrom €16.70
Distance55 miles (88 km)
Frequency75 trains per day
First train04:06
Last train23:05
Departure stationBruges (Brugge)
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCB, Flixbus

Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels for Sonntag 14. August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:57 Brugge05:53 Bruxelles-MidiIC 504 SNCB Get tickets56m, direct
05:09 Brugge06:08 Bruxelles-MidiIC 1504 SNCB Get tickets59m, direct
05:59 Brugge06:53 Bruxelles-MidiIC 505 SNCB Get tickets54m, direct
06:09 Brugge07:08 Bruxelles-MidiIC 1505 SNCB Get tickets59m, direct
06:25 Brugge07:31 Bruxelles-MidiIC 1806 SNCB Get tickets1h 6m, 1 change
06:59 Brugge07:53 Bruxelles-MidiIC 506 SNCB Get tickets54m, direct

SNCB trains from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels

You can travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels on SNCB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels

The price of train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels starts at €16.70 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

SNCB classes

If you’re travelling from Bruges to Brussels with SNCB, there are two travel classes to choose from. In Second Class, you’ll enjoy comfortable seating and power sockets. If you like to travel in style, upgrade to First Class for quieter and comfier carriages.

SNCB Second Class

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.

Power sockets
Comfortable seating
Generous luggage allowance

SNCB First Class

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.

Power sockets
Comfortable seating
Generous luggage allowance
Quieter carriages
More leg and elbow room

SNCB Luggage allowance

Keep reading for more information on how many items of luggage you can take on SNCB trains.

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:

  • Briefcases, rucksacks and suitcases
  • Wheelchairs (manual or automatic)
  • Pushchairs and prams
  • Folding bikes, unicycles, scooters
  • Sports equipment (e.g. skis)

Travelling with your bike on SNCB trains

bikes on trains

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.

Travelling with your family

Travelling with animals

Guide and assistance dogs

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.

Pets

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.

All you need to know about Bruges and Brussels Midi stations

Glass roof of Brussels Midi station, Belgium

Arriving at Brussels Midi station from Bruges

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.

Using public transport in Brussels

As you leave Brussels Midi station, you’ll find yourself located close to the centre of the Belgian capital. From here, you can reach the Grand Place, Brussels’ central square, by tram, metro, bus, taxi or on foot.

Things to see and do in Brussels

If you like delicious chocolate, golden beer and historic architecture, Brussels is the perfect city for you! Combining a vibrant nightlife with fascinating history and mouth-watering cuisine, Brussels is the ideal city for a short break. There are so many things to see and do in Brussels, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some ideas for things to do during your trip to Brussels:

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Bruges (Brugge) and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels is 54 minutes.

How much does the train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels?

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.

What time does the first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels leave?

The first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels leaves at 04:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels leave?

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.

What's the distance between Bruges (Brugge) and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels cover a distance of around 55 miles (88 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Bruges (Brugge). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bruges (Brugge) to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/14/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/14/2022 for travel on 08/14/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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