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By train to Bruges

Thanks to the high-speed ICE and Thalys trains, Bruges is excellently connected to the German rail network. From Cologne and Aachen you can reach Bruges almost every hour in only 2.5 – 3 hours.

Travelling by ICE

With its ICE trains, Deutsche Bahn runs seven times a day from Frankfurt via Cologne and Aachen to Brussels (Bruxelles Midi). From there you can reach Bruges in about an hour without long waiting times.

If you book in time, you pay only 40 Euro for the whole trip to Bruges. With the so-called Special Price Europe , it does not matter from which German station you travel to Bruges. If you have time, you can travel from Hamburg, Munich or Berlin to Bruges for really little money.

Arrival with the Thalys

The Thalys route network (Photo: bahn.de)

The fast counterpart to the ICE is the Thalys. The international high-speed train is operated by the railway companies whose countries it connects: Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. Five times a day, the Thalys travels from the Ruhr area via Cologne and Aachen to Brussels and on to Paris. A trip from Cologne to Bruges is available from 53 euros.

The station of Bruges

The train station is located a little outside the old town of Bruges. It is about a 20 minute walk to the centrally located Grote Markt.

If you are travelling with a lot or heavy luggage, it is a good idea to take the bus. Tickets for “De Lijn”, the public bus service in Bruges, are available as well as a bus route map in the transport centre at the main entrance of Bruges station.

Häufige Fragen (FAQ)

Is there a direct train connection from Germany to Bruges?

No, unfortunately not. In any case, you have to change trains at Brussels South Station Midi.