Why go to Brugge (Bruges)?
Historic attractions, charming cafes plus Belgian beer and chocolate are just some of the highlights
Most ships dock in Antwerp, Ghent or Zeebrugge, necessitating a bus ride to Brugge itself
Worth the trek to get a taste of Belgian food and culture
Brugge (Bruges) Cruise Port Facilities?
There are absolutely no services within walking distance of the Zeebrugge cruise terminal. At Antwerp, it's a few minutes' walk into the city center.
Once you have arrived at Brugge's yellow brick station, it is an easy walk into the center of town and the main squares, Markt and Berg. Central Brugge is largely pedestrian-only, so walking is the way to go. Besides hoofing it, you can hop a canal boat for sightseeing tours. Both taxis and buses are available at the train station.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The euro is the official currency of Belgium. You'll find plenty of ATM's and exchange bureaus in Brugge. Even if you plan to mostly pay with credit cards, it's wise to have some local currency as small purchases will need to be made in cash.
Flemish and French are the principal languages; however, many people speak basic to good English as well.
Where You're Docked?
Ships dock at the commercial port of Zeebrugge, about a 20-minute ride from Brugge, or at Antwerp, a one hour 45 minutes' drive. From Zeebrugge, most lines provide a transfer to Brugge for independent touring or a drop-off at Blankenberg station where trains run hourly to Brugge (travel times is 10 minutes). The roundtrip fare is 5 euros. Trains then continue on to Ghent and Brussels. Trains run hourly from Antwerp Central Station to Brugge taking one hour 20 minutes.