When you come to Belgium, Brugge should be at the top of your list of places to visit. It is a wonderful city, definitely worth seeing with its stone houses from the Middle Ages, narrow streets and canals and small and elegant bridges. The Markt Square is a place where you can have a great time trying all kinds of tastes and walking around the square. The air of the city is changeable. On a day when the weather is convenient, you can take a boat tour in the canals or rent a phaeton. You can see the swans while you are walking through the canals. You can enjoy a fun and enjoyable trip walking around small stone bridges. There are as many chocolatiers in town as you would like. You can taste unique chocolates in these shops. As there are plenty of parks in the city, the oxygen will fill you up. By taking a deep breath you can easily enjoy the beautiful air.
You will often find restaurants serving fish and meat dishes in the city, which has many restaurants offering different flavors. If you do not like eating meat and fish, you can also get a good fill of your stomach with plenty of greens and vegetarian salads. This city, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is also worth seeing with its historical sites. The fact that the city did not go beyond its medieval borders is also a remarkable feature. It is the city of lovers with its old houses, gleaming canals and flower markets. There are many tourists visiting the city during summer; thus, you might also enjoy the city and get a different pleasure if you visit it during low seasons. Visited in all seasons, this city hosts thousands of tourists with its historical heritage worth seeing.
Ostend is a Flanders settlement in Belgium. It comprises the boroughs of Zandvoorde, Vuurtörenwijk, Stene and Mariakerke. A seaside city with a port on the banks of the English Channel, Ostend is Belgium’s closest point to England. There is a fast and direct ferry service between England and Ostend. Transportation is quite easy in Ostend, which usually opens its doors to tourists in summer.
Trams, buses and taxis are the main elements of urban transportation in Ostend. The proximity of the airport and railway station to the city center of Ostend makes it very easy to access the city from other Belgian cities and from major European countries such as England. Trains are the easiest means of transportation from other countries and cities to Ostend Airport and Ostend city center. Because it is both cheap and fast, it is possible to reach many points of Ostend area by using trains.
The train station is just 5 minute walking distance from Ostend Airport. The central point of Ostend is considered to be the major railway station that opened in 1910-1913. There is a tram line, taxi stands and bus stops nearby train station, which is also very close to Ostend Bruges Airport.
The catamaran terminal is located near the station and it is easy to get to the Dover canal from here. There are lockers in many places in the city where you can lock your baggage or your belongings by using coins. This helps you to visit many places of the city without having to carry your belongings.
There are bus services between Ostend Airport and Raversijde that last 18 minutes. These buses, number 6, are located at the exit of the airport terminal. Single ticket costs 3 euros currently. Bus ride between Ostend Airport and Ostend city center lasts 10 minutes.
Ostend tram, which is also known as Kusttram (coastal tram), takes its name from its route, passing through the coastal strip. Trams are the easiest means of public transportation in Ostend which is known as a port city. Kusttram is exactly for you if you want to take a nice tour of the city and also want to get anywhere you want cheaply. Single ticket costs 2 euros whereas 10 tickets pass costs 9 euros as of 2015.
There are also daily tickets for trams. If you are planning to stay longer than one day in Ostend, 10 tickets pass would be the best option for you. To reach the city center by tram from the airport, you only need to walk to the railway station, which is 5 minutes away from the airport. You will see the stop of the trams going to the city very close to the train station. Normally trams depart every 20 minutes, but the frequency increases during summer, when tourists are busy. If you use the tram line passing through the train station, you can reach the Flemish coast in a very short time.
Taxi prices in Ostend are a bit expensive, so using public transport in the city is more economical. From Oostende Airport you can go to the city center for about 10-15 euros by taxi. To take advantage of taxi services, you can visit www.mijintaxi.be or www.taxi-oostende.be. If a taxi driver at the airport asks more than 15-20 euros to take you to the city center, you should definitely go in the direction of the train station and check with the taxi drivers who are very close to the station.
It is possible to find car rental companies in Ostend Bruges Airport terminal and get information. If the offices of these companies at the airport are closed, you can also rent your car from any company in the city. Ostend has a developed urban transportation, as well as modern motorways and highways. Because the traffic in the city is not very intense and it is close to big European cities, most of the tourists prefer the option of car rental.
Bruges, which is very close to Brussels and located 33 kilometers east of Ostend Bruges Airport, is a small but charming and romantic city, which is famous for its houses, channels, phaetons, and a thousand varieties of Belgian chocolates. As a medieval city, Bruges was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2002 and has been able to carry its dazzling architecture to daylight.
There are trains from Brussels to Bruges that depart every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour. This creates an opportunity for tourists visiting Brussels Airport to visit the city of Bruges. Just like in Ostend, Bruges’ central point is the train station. There are trains to this station from neighboring countries or from other cities in Belgium.
The easiest way to get to the city of Bruges from Ostend Airport is taking a train. You can also take advantage of bus number 6, taxi and car rental services to get there as soon as possible.
Taking a train is the easiest way to get to Bruges from Ostend Bruges Airport without a doubt. The train station, which is the most important point in Bruges, is a 5-minute walk from the city center. There are direct trains from Ostend train station, which is very short distance from the airport, to Bruges train station. Trains depart every one and half hours and last 15 minutes.
The ticket for the bus from the airport to Bruges city center can also be used for travelling within Bruges. You can buy these tickets as single-use (1.30 euros), daily, weekly or 10-use (9 euros). The most important clue is that one ticket can be used by more than one person.
It takes 23 minutes to go to the city center of Bruges from Ostend Bruges Airport by taxi. You would pay an average of 70-85 euros for this journey. If you bargain with the drivers, you can reduce this price.
Taxi stands are located 5 minutes away from the airport terminal exit. Or after landing, you can get detailed information by calling, Rony's Taxis bvba (+32 50 34 43 44), Taxi Georges (+32 475 57 60 15) or Taxi Abby Albert (+32 50 36 36 45).
There are two car rental companies at the Ostend Bruges Airport terminal: Avis and Easy Terra Car Rental. You can choose one of these two companies, rent your car and arrive in Bruges city center in 20-30 minutes.
Last Updated: 09 Jan 2017
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