By car / coach / ferry
TO BRUGES From the UK you travel to Bruges by ferry or by Eurotunnel: Dover (UK) – Dunkerque (F) with DFDS Seaways (crossing: 2h00). Take the motorway E40 to Brugge. Estimated distance Dunkerque – Brugge is 76 km or 47 miles (1 h driving). Dover (UK) – Calais (F) with P&O Ferries or DFDS Seaways (crossing: 1h30). Estimated distance Calais – Brugge is 120 km or 75 miles (1h30 driving). Folkestone (UK) – Calais (F) via Eurotunnel (35 min). Estimated distance Calais – Brugge is 120 km or 75 miles (1h30 driving). IN BRUGES A 30 kph zone is in force throughout the entire city centre. This means that you are forbidden at all times to drive faster than 30 kilometres per hour. Bruges is a compact city, made for people. The use of motorized transport in the historic city centre is discouraged. There are a number of outlying car parks within easy walking distance of the centre where you can park free of charge. A little further away are the park-and-ride car parks, also free, from which you can reach the centre by bike or public transport. A blue zone has been created around the city centre. You can park free of charge for a limited period in this blue zone (max. 4 hours) between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Always remember to use your parking disc! Between 9.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. above ground parking in the city centre is limited in time (min. 30 min. and max. 4 hours) and metered, also on Sundays and public holidays (less than 1 hour: €2; less than 2 hours: €5; less than 3 hours: €9; max. €14 for 4 hours). Payment can be made via an SMS/text message using the 4411 app (only for Belgian mobile phone numbers) or by cash or bank card at one of the parking ticket machines. The correct number plate of your car must always be entered into the machine. Parking in the city centre for an unlimited period is cheapest in the public car parks: the car park Centrum-Station in front of the railway station and the car park Centrum-‘t Zand under the ’t Zand square. Both car parks are within easy walking distance of the market square, or else you can use one of the city buses operated by De Lijn. The bus transfer (max. 4 people per car) from the Centrum-Station car park to the city centre and back is included in the price of the parking ticket. If you are staying overnight in Bruges, ask your hotel or guesthouse about parking options in the vicinity. Please take note that the following shopping streets will have restricted vehicle access between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and during Shopping Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) as well as on the festive season shopping days: Zuidzandstraat, Steenstraat, Geldmuntstraat, Noordzandstraat. There is an exception for visitors who are staying in hotels which are accessed via these streets (hotel Van Eyck, Grand Hotel du Sablon and hotel Acacia). Anyone who does not have accommodation and drives on these streets will be identified using number plate recognition and will receive a ticket.