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There are 5 ways to get from Dublin to Bruges by plane, train, car ferry, bus and ferry, bus or car

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Fly, train  •  5h 24m

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Brussels (BRU) DUB - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges / Brugge

39€ - 183€

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Bus and ferry, bus  •  19h 56m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria 871
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Bruges 757

30€ - 40€

3 alternative options

Car ferry, train  •  12h 35m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to London Euston
  3. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  4. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges / Brugge Ic / ...

255€ - 794€

Car ferry, train, bus  •  21h 4m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to Birmingham New Street
  3. Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
  4. Take the bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Lille
  5. Take the bus from Lille to Bruges 757

197€ - 283€

Car ferry, drive  •  25h 11m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
  2. Drive from Cherbourg to Bruges

129€ - 170€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bruges is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bruges is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bruges is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Bruges is to bus and ferry and bus which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 19h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Bruges is to fly and train which costs 35€ - 190€ and takes 5h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dublin to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Dublin and arriving at Bruges via London and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 56m.

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The distance between Dublin and Bruges is 686 km.

The best way to get from Dublin to Bruges without a car is to car ferry and train which takes 12h 35m and costs 250€ - 800€.

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It takes approximately 5h 24m to get from Dublin to Bruges, including transfers.

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Dublin to Bruges bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dublin station.

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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Dublin to Bruges bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bruges station.

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Bruges is 1h ahead of Dublin. It is currently 6:33 AM in Dublin and 7:33 AM in Bruges.

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  • Distance: 685.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 24m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Bruges, Belgium?

There is no direct connection from Dublin to Bruges. However, you can take the bus to Dublin Airport, take the walk to Dublin airport, fly to Brussels, take the walk to Brussels Airport-Zaventem, take the train to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, then take the train to Bruges. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Dublin to Bruges via Holyhead, Holyhead, London Euston, Euston station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 12h 35m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dublin to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 280€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
10€ - 120€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges / Brugge
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 14€
1st Class
15€ - 22€
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria
Ave. Duration
12h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 19€
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Bruges
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Lille
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
Blablabus
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
33€ - 37€
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
120€ - 140€
On Foot
33€ - 37€
Car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65€ - 80€
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
120€ - 140€
On Foot
65€ - 80€

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Ryanair, Aer Lingus and KLM offer flights from Dublin Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 912+ hotels available in Bruges. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to bus which takes 11 min and costs 6€ - 10€.

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