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Train  •  4h 16m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central Thalys
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Bruges / Brugge Ic / ...

€64 - €127

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Bus  •  7h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bruges 819

€21 - €27

3 alternative options

Train, ferry, bus  •  5h

  1. Take the train from Leiden Centraal to Vlissingen
  2. Take the ferry from Vlissingen, Westerhavenweg to Breskens, Veerhaven Wsf
  3. Take the bus from Breskens Veerhaven to Brugge Hoefijzer 42

€24 - €54

Drive  •  2h 22m

  1. Drive from Leiden to Bruges 209.9 km

€26 - €40

Fly, train  •  3h 49m

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

€61 - €189

Netherlands → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from Netherlands

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Andorra, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lesotho, Macau, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Rules to follow in Belgium

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Netherlands

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Netherlands.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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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.

No, returning to Netherlands from Belgium is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Leiden to Bruges is to bus which costs €21 - €27 and takes 7h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Leiden to Bruges is to drive which costs €26 - €40 and takes 2h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leiden to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Leiden, Groenoord and arriving at Bruges via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 7m.

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No, there is no direct train from Leiden to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Leiden Centraal and arriving at Bruges / Brugge via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 16m.

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The distance between Leiden and Bruges is 137 km. The road distance is 209.9 km.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Bruges without a car is to train which takes 4h 16m and costs €60 - €130.

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It takes approximately 4h 16m to get from Leiden to Bruges, including transfers.

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Leiden to Bruges bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport station.

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Leiden to Bruges train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Bruges is to train which takes 4h 16m and costs €60 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €21 - €27 and takes 7h 7m.

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  • Distance: 137.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 16m

What companies run services between Leiden, Netherlands and Bruges, Belgium?

You can take a train from Leiden to Bruges via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 4h 16m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bruges 3 times a week. Tickets cost €16 - €21 and the journey takes 5h 25m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €330
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Thalys
Standard
€45 - €65
Comfort
€55 - €75
Premium
€60 - €90
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Bruges / Brugge
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €16
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€10 - €16
1st Class
€16 - €24
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges / Brugge
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€10 - €14
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€10 - €14
1st Class
€15 - €22
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Leiden Centraal to Vlissingen
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €45
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€18 - €26
1st Class
€30 - €45
Bus operators
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Breskens Veerhaven to Brugge Hoefijzer
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€1 - €3
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
€2
single ticket
€3
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 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bruges
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Westerschelde Ferry
Phone
+31 (0)850401800
Email
klantenservice@westerscheldeferry.nl
Website
westerscheldeferry.nl
Ferry from Vlissingen, Westerhavenweg to Breskens, Veerhaven
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4
Website
Westerschelde Ferry

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Leiden to Bruges train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Bruges / Brugge station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leiden to Bruges is 210 km. It takes approximately 2h 22m to drive from Leiden to Bruges.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 344+ hotels available in Bruges. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 21 min and costs €7 - €16.

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