Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion along the Belgian coast
- Regular berth: Zeestation
- Regular berth: Zweedse Kaai
- Port shuttle: free of charge to the port exit
- Taxis: usually available on the quay
- Buses: well-developed line network
- Car rental*: Avis, at the ferry terminal, P&O Ferries, Leopold II Dam 13
- Post office: Brusselstraat 8
- Tourist-Info: in Bruges at the Concertgebouw, Het Zand 34
- Banks and ATMs: in Blankenberge near the railway station and very sporadically in Bruges
- Berths of the cruise liners
Cruise ships dock at the Albert II Dock/Leopold II Damm (Zeestation) or at the Zweedse Kaai in Belgium's second largest port. Thus, the berths are located in the middle of the industrial harbour. As this is not allowed to be walked on the quay, the authorities use a free shuttle bus, painted red with the inscription "Port Shuttle". If the cruise ship is moored at the Zeestation, the shuttle bus will take you as far as the Strandwijk tram station. If you are moored at Zweedse Kaai, it is only a very short trip to the port exit. From there it is a short walk of about 10 minutes to the next tram stop Kerk. With the coastal tram, you can easily reach other destinations and the neighbouring village of Blankenberge. From Blankenberge's train station (tram stop "Station"), you can get to the interior of the country by train or bus. In most cases, the shipping companies offer transfer buses from the ship to the station in Blankenberge and back. For this you pay e.g. 10 Euro per person at Aida.
- Tram/Coastal Tram
The tram that runs along the coast, also known as the Coastal Tram, is considered the longest tram line in the world and commutes between Knokke and De Panne. A complete trip takes about 2 hours in each direction. This will connect the seaside resorts on the Belgian coastline, making them easily and cheaply accessible. Among other things, it takes 15 minutes to get to the train station in the neighbouring village of Blankenberge, from where you can then continue on to interesting places in the inland. Unfortunately, the tram is not barrier-free. A single ticket with a validity of 60 minutes costs 3 euros. Day tickets can be bought in advance for 6 Euro per person. These are valid for all buses and trams operated by De Lijn, with the exception of the Limburg fast lines, and can be purchased from ticket machines and in many retail shops. For example, in the Spar supermarket opposite the church, close to the Zeebrugge Kerk bus stop. In the train, at the driver's seat, the day tickets cost 8 euros. Tickets must be validated on the train at the yellow machines. The coastal tram normally runs every 15 minutes during the day.
Zeebrugge itself is a rather small place and has not much to offer from a tourist point of view. If the weather plays along, there is nothing wrong with a visit to the wide sandy beach. Or you can go on a 75-minute harbour tour. The pier is about 300 metres from the Zeebrugge Kerk tram stop. The round trip costs 9.50 euros for adults and 7 euros for children from 3 to 12 years of age. In addition, tours for deep-sea fishing are also offered on weekends. However, these begin very early in the morning.
- Seafront Zeebrugge
The former fish halls at Vismijnstraat 7 are home to the Seafront Zeebrugge Museum. Not far from the tram stop Zeebrugge Kerk, it tells the maritime history of Zeebrugge. The visit of the Russian submarine in the harbour is included in the entrance fee of 12,50 Euro per adult. Children under 12 years pay 9 Euro entrance fee. There are also combined tickets with harbour tour available. The museum is open every day from 10:00-17:00.
Blankenberge is about 5.5 kilometres from Zeebrugge. The town has an extensive pedestrian zone with various shopping facilities. It extends from the station to the sea. The promenade on the wide sandy beach offers restaurants, cafés and the 350-metre-long pier built in 1933. There is also a casino and right beside it the Serpentarium. The reptile zoo is open daily from 10:00-18:30 and costs 12 Euro per person. Children from 3 to 17 years pay 8 Euro. The Sea Life Center further east has its own seal breeding station and is open daily from 10:00-17:00. The tickets are offered at a reduced price online. The passing coastal tram stops in the immediate vicinity.
- Atlantic Wall Museum
A visit to the Atlantic Wall Museum in Oostende at Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636 can be historically interesting. One direction with the coastal tram takes about 80 minutes. From stop number 32, Domein Raversijde, it is another 15-20 minutes walk to the entrance. Alternatively, the De Lijn buses no. 68 and 69 stop almost right outside the door. From March to November is open daily from 10:30-17:00. Combined tickets for Atlantikwall and Anno 1465 cost 10 Euro per person. Children up to 12 years of age are admitted free of charge, if accompanied by their family.
- Transfer to Brugge
Bruges, about 20 kilometres away, is easily accessible, from Monday to Friday, by train. From Zeebrugge-Dorp station you can take the regional train to Mechelen, which will take
you to Bruges station in 20 minutes. In July and August from Zeebrugge beach. The ticket machine at the station only spits out tickets for small coins, or you can buy them online in advance. It
is also possible to buy them from the train attendant, but then it costs 7 Euro extra per ticket. Or you can take the harbour shuttle and change then to the coastal tram. After about 15 minutes
of travelling time you reach the stop "Station" at the station in Blankenberge. From there you take the train to Bruges. It is also barely 15 minutes on the way. From the train station in Bruges
to the centrally located Grote Markt in the city centre is about 1.7 kilometres, i.e. 20-25 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by bus. The train ticket costs 6 Euro per person for the return journey.
At Blankenberge station, bus number 33 also goes to Bruges. As the day ticket from De Lijn (tram) is also valid for these, this connection is probably the cheapest. But that's
why it's often quite crowded. Especially when there are many crusaders on the way. The transfer time is about 25 minutes in each direction. The final stop in Bruges is the bus station T Zand, on
the square Het Zand, next to the concert hall (Concertgebouw). There you will also find a tourist information office. Alternatively, a taxi can be used for the route from the
mooring. The costs amount to around 50 euros per trip/direction and vehicle. You should plan 20-25 minutes for this. It is comfortable and can already pay for itself when occupied with 4 people.
Often you can organize the same taxi for the way back. Simply arrange a fixed collection date with the driver. In addition, a Cruise Express Bus is offered from the vicinity of
the port exit. It offers the transfer to Bruges for 20 euros, return and per person. The journey time is about 25 minutes in each direction. The recommendable express bus starts about 100 metres
from the stop of the Zweedse Kaai harbour shuttle, offering a fast, uncomplicated transfer to Bruges.
- Shuttle transfer port Zeebrugge - Bruges*
Bruges has an interesting old town to offer. The historic city centre was declared a world heritage site in 2000. Beside Belgian waffles, chocolate and chips, the town offers some sights. For example, you can visit various museums, the beguinage, the beautiful town hall, or the gothic Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo's famous statue "Madonna with Child". Impressive is also the 83 meter high belfry, which can be climbed over 366 steps. The stairs are quite narrow, steep and are used for up and down. From up there, however, there is an excellent view of Bruges. The belfry is located directly on the central Grote Market, and is open daily from 09:30-18:00. Admission is only granted to a certain number of visitors at a time. This may well result in waiting times. The entrance fee is 10 euros for adults, and 8 euros for children from 5 to 25 years. On the Grote Market itself, and in the surrounding area, there are many shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. During the summer months, horse-drawn carriages are available for exploring the city. The half-hour standard tour takes a short break at the beguinage, and costs 50 euros for up to 5 people. Or you can use a minibus for a 50-minute sightseeing tour, which starts in front of the belfry. This costs 20 euros per person. For children 15 Euro. Tickets can be bought on the spot. The buses usually leave every 30 minutes. It is also very attractive to explore the canals or the Reien by boat. These canal trips take place in open boats, from March to November daily from 10:00-18:00, they last 30 minutes and cost 8 euros per person. Children up to 11 years pay half. Departure points are located on the Rozenhoedkaai and the Dijver, among others. You always return to where you started.
- Excursion portals and excursion providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Zeebrugge, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realize a variety of excursions on your own.
A small preselection of independent excursion offers
for, in and around Zeebrugge,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and special offers
If you have not yet booked a cruise in Western Europe, but would like to get to know Zeebrugge personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book the next dream holiday at fair conditions directly with your favourite shipping company.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. So you can choose from a variety of daily updated offers of different shipping companies. Among others, AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises are among the companies participating. The popular special offers with which one can travel very cheaply and possibly also get a great bargain are also very attractive.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 09:30-12:30 and from 13:45-17:00. Saturday from 09:30-13:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00. Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00.
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-18:30. Partly also open on Sunday.
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 101
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 100
- Fire department: Tel. 100
- Recommended vaccination: Tropical Institute Belgium
- Coastal tram: De Lijn
- Bus connections: De Lijn
- Train timetables: Rail connections Belgienrail
- Train timetables: Railway connections Deutsche Bahn
- City map: Brugge map
- Climatic table: Bruges Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Zeebrugge
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent