|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 10% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||£95||Average for round-trip flights in September 2021|
|Round-trip from||£40||From London to Bruges|
|One-way from||£7||One-way flight from London to Bruges|
LON - BR1
£88 - £135
6 - 23 °C
54 - 94 mm
Tourists start arriving around Easter when the weather warms up and the city hosts a number of events. The Procession of the Holy Blood is one of the oldest and most solemn religious events in the world and attracts thousands of spectators. Held on Ascension Day (May), this event is focused around Bruges most sacred religious artefact, a piece of cloth which is said to have drops of Jesus Christ’s blood on it. A procession takes place through the city which includes a series of religious and historical events being re-enacted. As this is a very popular event, it would be wise to book accommodation and flights for this period well in advance.
The city continues to be quite crowded through the summer, particularly on weekends and during school holidays. If you are looking for good deals on flights to Bruges and accommodation then it is advised not to travel during these times.
Spring is beautiful and mostly mild but can have chilly days. Autumn experiences a similar climate and during both these seasons there are fewer crowds, making it one of the best times to book flights to Bruges. Spring also hosts the annual Bruges Beer Festival (February). Join around 15,000 other locals and tourists to sample over 300 beers. Be sure to pair that with some of the delicious Flemish food, the festival also has on offer.
The low tourist season is winter, between November and January, when the cold is unrelenting, the canals can also freeze up enough for ice skating. If you don’t mind braving the cold, then this can be a good time to look for cheaper flights and hotel rates. You can also get into the festive spirit at Bruges Christmas Market.
If you’re longing for a trip back in time then book a flight to Bruges and transport yourself to the 13th century. The preserved medieval city has some of the finest examples of Gothic architecture and art in Europe, drawing millions of tourists each year and making it Belgium’s most visited city.
The best way to explore this picturesque city is on foot. Stroll through its quiet cobbled streets and stop into a church or two along the way. Boat rides along the canal and a guided tour of the city on a horse-drawn cab are a must. Or venture further east to the quaint village of Damme and visit the 15th-century mansion, the Saint-Jean d’Angély House, then have lunch in one of the town’s excellent restaurants. Book your Bruges flight in spring when the weather’s pleasant and the hordes of tourists haven’t arrived yet.
Bruges, Belgium is a popular destination for British tourists, but like many locations throughout Europe, it can be a little challenging to reach directly.
A mainly regional airport, the Ostend-Bruges International Airport, serves Bruges; consequently, flight options out of the United Kingdom vary, as do flight lengths; most flights require at least one connection.
Brussels International Airport is a more popular choice amongst travelers from the UK, with far more service as well as direct flight options available. Brussels International is about 97 km (60 miles) from Bruges, which does increase travel time.
Multiple UK cities fly into Brussels International, offering flights daily from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Belfast, with flight times that can take as little as 1h 5m from London and 3h 5m from Belfast.
London airports feature the most flights into Ostend-Bruges International, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, and Stansted.
Flights to Ostend-Bruges International require at least one connecting flight and may require layovers; flight times can take upwards of 12h 40m and even over 17h if three connections are required.
The Ostend-Bruges International Airport is approximately 25 minutes from the heart of Bruges, which makes it a bit easier for those who want to arrive at their destinations faster, especially after several connecting flights. Airlines offering flights into Ostend-Bruges include British Airways, easyJet, Brussels Airlines, TUI fly and Vueling Airlines.
As the Ostend-Bruges International Airport is small and limited mainly to regional travel, there are no direct flights from the UK.
Direct flights to Brussels International Airport, however, are easy to find throughout the UK; all London airports offer direct flights to Brussels. Nonstop flights to Brussels can also be found in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Newcastle.
Airlines offering service to Brussels International Aiport are plentiful, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Air France, and British Midland Regional.
From Brussels, the easiest way to get to Bruges is by train, car or taxi. Car and taxis are also the easiest ways to get from Ostend-Bruges to the Bruges city centre, but buses are available from the airport every 10 minutes to the Ostend Train Station and beyond, for easy travel by train or bus.
Bruges is famous for its many canals, windmills, churches, Market Square, breweries and museums, as well as its many restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.
Simply walking around in Bruges is a feast for the senses, from City Hall, and its iconic Gothic architecture to fresh Belgian waffles, chocolate and piping-hot fries laden with fresh mayonnaise from the many food vendors at Market Square.
Attend live harp concerts, or just rent a bicycle and discover endless, unexpected delights along the many bike trails in Old Town. History buffs will find a home away from home in the beautiful city, from Old St. John’s Hospital, one of Europe’s oldest hospitals, as well as the relics of Saint Donatian’s Church, dating back to 950 AD. The latter is permanently housed in the basement of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, giving hotel guests unique access to the historic site.
Discover the most famous Belgian and Flemish artwork at the Groeningen Museum; if unusual museums are more compelling, Bruges is also home to the Frietmuseum, the world’s first and only museum devoted to the history of French fries. The city is home to two world’s-only museums; Diamantmuseum showcases the history of diamonds.
The famous Half Moon Brewery is a must-visit, offering daily brewery tours, complete with blonde ales and more. For the ultimate souvenir, peruse the many shops in Old Town for everything from beautiful Belgian lace to intricately-designed pottery.
In the warmer months, Bruges’ two beaches, Knokke and Zeebrugge, are popular destinations. Biking is a fun and popular way to get to and from the beach, as well as around town.
British citizens need only a passport to fly to Bruges and travel throughout Belgium. Visas are not required for business or travel under three months.
Belgium has mild summers and cold winters because of the icy Baltic winds. Bruges is no exception to this climate. Summer temperatures can reach the mid-20s and this is when Bruges is usually packed with visitors who wish to spend their time exploring one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe.
Bruges is the most popular Belgian destination for tourists, most of whom set out to sightsee on foot. It’s easy to walk around this city of winding waterways and cobblestone streets, or you can sit pretty on a horse-drawn carriage or canal boat and explore the city that way. There are also buses that traverse the city limits and trains to get you elsewhere in Europe.
The main airport for travellers taking flights to Bruges is Ostend Bruges International Airport (BRU) (website: www.ost.aero), which is about 15 miles from the city centre.