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Bruges Train Station Info
Bruges Station is a modern decent sized station on a busy route. So there are good facilities on hand for rail travellers.
Ticket offices Open from 06:00 - 22:00 outside of these hours tickets can be purchased on the train with no extra charge or 'fine' Restaurant / Food There are restaurants and bars inside the station if you want to sit and have a meal. A take away sandwich bar - 'Panos' 'Starbucks' and 'AMT' Coffee outlets Shopping includes Chocolate, clothing and two international newsagents. Baggage and lost property Bruges concierge and lost property Staffed Left Luggage Service 06:00 - 21:30 Daily Tel: 0032 (0)50 30 23 28 .Plus there are automatic luggage lockers. Communications Telephone Location: Inside the station Wifi Internet access Location: A hotspot in the station
For the younger traveller to Bruges, there is an excellent bus service that actually connects with the Bauhaus Youth Hostel.
Youth hostels can be found on our accommodation page
Car Parking In Bruges - Most hotels have very limited or no parking facilities
Parking in Bruges at the Train Station 500 parking spaces, very close to the city centre (500m) so you can go by foot as well, a nice walk through the King Albert Park. Open 24/7 Considerably cheaper than the metered parking in Bruges spaces and other ring road parking lots. Parking ticket comes with a free bus ticket to the city centre. (Collect this at the De Lijn -Bus ticket office outside station)
Parking in the centre of Bruges We don’t recommend parking in Bruges in the city centre, because the streets are quite narrow there and there aren’t many parking possibilities in the historical heart of Bruges. Nevertheless, here is useful map about the possibilities of parking in the city centre of Bruges
ATM’s - (Holes-In-The-Wall) are very few and far between in Bruges.
Here is a helpful guide with maps as to locations.
KBC Bank Zilverstraat 34 Brugge 8000 België
BNP Paribas - Brugge 8000 België - 3 Locations
Europabank - Vlamingstraat Brugge 8000 België
ING Bank Kruispoort Brugge 8000 België
ING Bank Centrum Brugge 8000 België
Never carry too much cash and where possible always keep any cash you do have on you in different pockets. The train station and on buses are where the pick - Pockets love to work best. Indeed rather than carry too much cash, use your bank card or credit card where possible.
The British Embassy recommends that you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. They also advise of Local laws and customs, for Instance;
According to Belgian law, you must have some form of identification with you at all times.
Possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs are serious offences.
It is illegal to wear in public places (parks, buildings, public transport, on the street etc) clothing that hides a person’s face largely or completely. People wearing such clothing (eg the burka and nikab) risk a fine of up to €137.50 and/or detention for up to seven days. There is no exemption for tourists.
For further travel advice provided by the British Embassy please click here
FlexiCover offer various types of fully comprehensive travel Insurance
Should you have need of a chemist while in Bruges, then they are called Apotheeks. They are easily identifiable by the large Green Cross displayed in plain view. Please note that laws are strict in belgium concerning ‘over the counter drugs’. Paracetemol for instance, can only be purchased in a chemist and are really quite expensive - Tip bring your own
If you’re staying within the city limits, a car is completely unnecessary. Cheap parking is scarce, streets are narrow, and the layout is impossible. Most streets are one-way traffic so a GPS is a must when driving in Bruges. Taxis are affordable and buses are frequent and cheap. a 'lijnkaart' (buscard) can be purchased for 10 euros and is valid for ten single journeys, with a one hour limit per journey and the ticket can be shared. Available at the bus station ticket office and at all newsagents & tobacco shops
However, Bruges is very walkable: With a good map, it is very easy to get around most of Brugge on foot (mind the cobbles !). The street layout might be a bit confusing, but you can always orientate yourself in relation to the Belfry Tower, OLV-Church and St. Salvators cathedral. Using this method and a map, you should be able to navigate your way around very easily. There are miles of wonderful shops, cafes, restaurants, churches, etc. and there’s no better way to see these than walking.
Getting around the city is so easy
Useful Tips & Emergency Telephone Numbers
A Tip For The Ladies;
We would like to mention when planning your trip to Bruges, Is to bring comfortable walking shoes for daytime wear - We have seen far too many ‘hobbles on the cobbles’ ! broken high heeled shoes, and even injuries
Who to call and what to say in an emergency...
National Emergency Services
Medical Service Tel: 100
Police Tel: 101
Fire Service Tel: 100
Pan-European emergency number
(calls are free from any mobile or fixed-line telephone) 112
The number 112 can be dialled to reach emergency services - medical, fire and police - from anywhere in Europe. This Pan-European emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile phone). Calls are free. It can be used for any life-threatening situation, including:
Serious medical problems (accident, unconscious person, severe injuries, chest pain, seizure)
Any type of fire (house, car)
Life-threatening situations (crimes)
Local emergency numbers for sea emergencies are as follows: