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Travelling by train from London to Bruges

Let high-speed Eurostar trains whisk you from London St Pancras to Bruges in just over three hours. You’ll start and end your journey right in the centre of both cities, which makes taking the train quicker and more convenient than flying. What’s more, you’ll also be able to say you’ve been 246 feet below the sea on a train – pretty cool right?

You’ll enjoy comfortable seats, free WiFi and an onboard café as standard when travelling on the Eurostar – or a complimentary meal served at your seat if you choose to travel Standard Premier for a little extra. Once you arrive into Brussels Midi station, we’d recommend strolling around Minnewater Park, climbing the Belfry Tower for incredible views or simply enjoying a traditional Belgium beer and waffle. Ready to book? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

London to Bruges (Brugge) by train

It takes an average of 7h 20m to travel from London to Bruges (Brugge) by train, over a distance of around 144 miles (231 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from London to Bruges (Brugge) and tickets for this journey start from €68.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 26m
Price€68.30 - €322.30
Distance144 miles (231 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationBruges (Brugge)
Changes1 change
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London to Bruges (Brugge) train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Bruges (Brugge) for Tuesday 7th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:55 13:30 3h 35m, 1 change
11:04 15:30 3h 26m, 1 change
21:02 13:02 15h 00m, 6 changes

Eurostar trains from London to Bruges (Brugge)

You can travel from London to Bruges (Brugge) on Eurostar 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.

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Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

Cheap train tickets from London to Bruges (Brugge)

Train tickets from London to Bruges (Brugge) start at €68.30 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €225.75.
lowest price found
from68.30
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price120.57
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price133.44
on the day
avg. single price225.75

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 London to Bruges (Brugge) 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Bruges (Brugge)? 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 London to Bruges (Brugge) take?

The average journey time by train between London and Bruges (Brugge) is 7 hours and 20 minutes, with around 3 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 London and Bruges (Brugge) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Bruges (Brugge) is 3 hours and 26 minutes.

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

Train tickets from London to Bruges (Brugge) can start from as little as €68.30 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.

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

No, there are no direct train services from London to Bruges (Brugge). Travelling from London to Bruges (Brugge) by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from London to Bruges (Brugge) leaves at 08:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Bruges (Brugge) leaves at 21:02. 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 London and Bruges (Brugge) by train?

Trains travelling from London to Bruges (Brugge) cover a distance of around 144 miles (231 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bruges (Brugge) to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Bruges (Brugge).

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Beautiful Bruges by train

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

I was surprised for my birthday with a trip to Bruges and the very next day headed to London St. Pancras International from Chelmsford. Our tickets were for the 8.55 am Eurostar train to Brussels-Midi where you make a simple change to a local SNCB train to Bruges.

As always with Eurostar check-in we arrived around 45 minutes before departure time to pass through security and grab breakfast before boarding. With the train announced 20 minutes before departure there was plenty of time to not feel rushed.

Booking well in advance we were able to secure some window seats on the left-hand side of the train and settled down to enjoy the view and the 1 hour 56-minute journey to Brussels. I have to say, shooting through the Kent countryside is one of my favourites and crossing the River Medway there’s always something to look at, including Rochester Castle perched up high watching you fly by at up to 300 kph.

There are only a few stops on the way with Eurostar, calling at Ebbsfleet International, Calais and Lille Europe. Both lasting a few minutes and barely noticeable.

In what feels like no time at all you arrive in Brussels-Midi. It’s worth noting that the signage welcomes you to Bruxelles-Midi and then Bruxelles-Zuid, don’t fear you are in the right place. All Eurostar trains call at platforms 1 or 2 and on arrival you’ll need to head down the escalators to the main concourse and head towards the Thalys and SNCB ticket offices – head towards platform 7 and 8 if you need a visual steer. But don’t take that as a platform prompt – check the departure board first.

From here you’ll be able to find your connecting SNCB train to Bruges. The logo on the train is a rather large, blue ‘B’ on a white locomotive. For anyone keen on trains, Brussels Midi/Zuid is a hub of train operators with DB, Thalys, SNCF, SNCB and Eurostar trains gracing the platforms daily.

There are no seat reservations for SNCB, but we found ample seating on the train and grabbed a window seat with a table. If you decide to go for First Class, the carriages are numbered on the outside to help guide you.

The Belgian countryside is lovely, dotted with villages, farms and windmills once you leave the city. The train only stops once at Ghent and it then quickly continues to Bruges.

Just outside Bruges station is Minnewater Park – also known as the Lake of Love and is the perfect place to start your Bruges adventure. It is picture perfect! The old town and centre of Bruges is a ten-minute walk from the station and already you get a sense of the place, the history and what’s ahead.

As a UNESCO World Heritage City, you really feel like you’ve gone back in time.  There is something for everyone from the towering Belfry, which you can climb for great views, to the bustlingly Markt. You can also walk along the outer canal and find four windmills. We found several small, local bars and cafes such as De Windmolen, which serve a wide range of local beers, and sat European style and watched the world go by. We had an incredible time in Bruges, and I would visit again without hesitation.

 

About Richard

Richard is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

 

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Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Bruges (Brugge) for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 22/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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