Yes, we also comply with the cliche. Our first trip to Belgium was typical: Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent. They are the three most tourist cities in the country and, due to their proximity – although everything is close in Belgium – they become a perfect combination to visit in 4 or 5 days.
Are they enough days? Do I need to change hotels every night? By train or with organized excursion? Is it easy to move between them? And, most importantly, what to see in Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent in 4 or 5 days? Do not be impatient. We will answer everything … read on.
TRIP TO BRUSSELS, BRUGES, AND GHENT: WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND
Although the three cities have enough entities to justify one trip each, it is very common to make a circuit by touring them together. That implies that you will have to leave out enough things in each of them. In fact, we recommend 2 or 3 days in Brussels, a couple in Bruges and almost two in Ghent. But … time is pressing. Once accepted that we will have to return, there are more decisions to make.
HOW TO GET TO BELGIUM FROM SPAIN: DIRECT FLIGHTS
Belgium’s main airport is the Brussels-National airport, also called Zavantem (BRU). There are direct flights to Brussels from Spain with different companies. In the same airport, there is a train station that connects it with the big cities of the country – you can check here train schedules and buy your tickets.
The other airport in Brussels is Charleroi, about 70 km from the city. It is here where low-cost companies arrive. There is no train station at Charleroi airport, you have to go by bus to the nearest one, Charleroi-South, and from there to the center.
You can check the schedules and prices of flights from Spain to Belgium.
CHANGE HOTEL EVERY NIGHT OR BASE IN BRUSSELS?
The “simplest” way to visit the three cities is to base in Brussels and hire day trips to Bruges and Ghent. That way you will have an overview, you will not have to overwhelm yourself with the schedules or with the transport and you will not have to pack and unpack your bags every day. They are two of the most popular excursions from Brussels. Here you can see the prices and characteristics of the excursion to Bruges and here of the excursion to Ghent.
Of course, shortly you do not mind getting on trains on your own, our advice is that you move and sleep in all three. Why? What needs to walk with luggage for one side and the other if the cities are less than half an hour by train? Because if you return to Brussels at night you will miss the night lighting of the squares … and it is something that is very worthwhile – Gante has an international prize for its lighting.
In addition, moving by train through Flanders is very simple. In addition, it is not particularly expensive, although, sometimes it is cheaper to hire a bus tour. You can look herethe prices and schedules of train journeys. The bus between the big cities is also a good option, although less frequently. You can also see the schedules in the previous link.
LANGUAGES AND MORE GENERIC INFORMATION
They don’t make it easy with the language: in Brussels, they speak mostly French, while in Bruges and Ghent – cities in Flanders – they speak Flemish. Of course, you will not have problems with English in any of the three. The good news is that you will not have to buy plug or power adapters: both the plugs and the power are the same as in Spain.
Check out our tips for traveling to Belgium to find more information that may be useful when preparing your trip.