How To Spend A Day Trip In Bruges

Is a day trip to Bruges a good idea?t y The short answer is of course it is!
+ Is a day trip to Bruges from Paris a good idea? Yes, it also is!

One of the cities that you have to visit if you’re travelling to Belgium or simply considering a day trip there is Bruges! An absolutely charming city only a small hour away from the capital, Brussels. Bruges is famous for its central place with its coloured houses that are well worth the sight. And of course the food (waffles&fries)!
Here is how to spend one day in Bruges with the top things to do if you only have 24 hours to spend there.

How To Spend A Day Trip In Bruges

Usually, when people travel to Bruges for the time of a day trip it’d be from Brussels, the north of France or the Netherlands. However, our day trip started in Paris.

Bruges is four hours and a half from Paris by bus including a stop at Lille. And roughly three hours and a half by car, granted you don’t get stuck in traffic.

We travelled by bus using FlixBus as it was the cheapest option.

However, if your budget isn’t as tight as ours is, and you want a quicker journey, then you can also ride the Thalys to Brussels and then to Bruges. 
I have only ever taken the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris, and it was a nice train ride, nothing particular to say about it, there are no borders, so there is no customs check-up.

This trip was my second time in Belgium, the first one being my “layover” when I travelled to Brussels to catch my flight to Corfu, Greece. It was also that time I nearly missed my flight because I went to the wrong airport. Aside from this little travel fail, the weather had been terrible, and I was pretty much underwhelmed by Brussels, to be honest. 

This time the weather was clear, and Bruges is a much smaller and quainter city, so I was ready to make the most of it!

Day Trip To Bruges From Paris

What To Do In Bruges In One Day

Relatively, six hours and a half is a pretty short time span, so this list will most likely be missing a couple of stuff because obviously, you can’t do everything in one day anyway. But, bear with me here, you can still do and see a couple of fantastic things.

#1 Grote Markt 

Grote Markt, or AKA Bruges super famous, and super instagrammy, the main place, it’s pretty much the heart of the town. There you can find those iconic colourful houses.  
The other point of interest in Grote Markt are: 

  • Belfroy dated from the XIIth century.
  • Jan Breydel & Pieter de Coninck statue

There’s a lot to see in this place; the neo-gothic architecture gives it an undeniable charm. It’s also a good spot for photography, both on the ground and up from the Belfroy to get a bird view of the city. Every Wednesday the market is held at the site. And all kind of various events all along the year.

The Christmas Market also takes place there during the winter; I’d adore coming back during the winter period to check out the Christmas Market, have some hot chocolate and some delicious waffles and other sweets! 

Besides, it must be beautiful with all the Christmas lights and decoration around this period.

We ate our waffles there later in the afternoon as the Waffle Shop was 5min away, pretty neat.

#2 Burg Square

Day Trip To Bruges From Paris
Palace of Liberty

Burg Square is located not so far from Grote Markt; you can find plenty of beautiful building, such as the Palace of Liberty above. Also the Basilica of the Holy Blood next in the corner of the place. 

This square is a must-see, it is totally stunning; both from a distance and upfront, the details in the architecture is incredible. I just wish we didn’t visit the day where some stage was being built right in the middle of the place

#3 Hansa Quarter 

Hansa Quarter is one of the oldest parts of the city it is dated from the 13th century

Oddly enough, you can also find a pretty modern sculpture of a whale made out plastic waste in the canals there. Not something you’d quite expect with the atmosphere of the Quarter, and I’m still mixed on how I feel about it being there. Part of me thinks it’s really odd and the other part think that it’s actually pretty cool. 

However I searched for it but sadly didn’t find any explications about it on the spot, so I had to google it.
As I thought this whale made of waste found in the oceans (which weight five tones by the way) is there to raise awareness against plastic pollution in our oceans. Oceans which sadly are flooded with billions of plastic waste, ruining the environment and killing fishes and animals every year. We all need to be more sensitive about our waste and consumption of plastic.

#4 Stroll Along The Canals

Honestly is there anything nicer than walking along some beautiful canals on a beautiful day? 

If you have ever been to Amsterdam then I think you can easily picture how amazing it is to enjoy the scenery while strolling along the canal. Except that in Bruges the atmosphere is much more chilled as the city isn’t nearly as big and busy as Amsterdam is. It makes it even better. 

Also, you can find a lot of photo points, or stumble onto very random art displays and museums. It’s full of surprises! The Minnewater area with the ducks and Cygne was adorable. 

#5 Eat Yummy Foods

If there’s one thing that Belgium is famous for its waffles, chocolate and fries. Okay and beers, but I don’t actually like beer, don’t judge me. 


One of our main goals for this day trip was to eat a waffle, there are so many shops selling waffles. We didn’t really do any search on that before the bus ride, so we decided to settle on the one shop with the most stars. 
“Chez Albert”
It totally deserves every single one of those stars

But if you fancy some different design for you waffle right in front of Albert’s shop you can find waffles on a stick to eat there or bring as a souvenir.


If there’s one more thing that Belgium is famous for it’s definitely their fries! 

Initially, we were supposed to eat fries at “Chez Vincent”, but as it seemed to be closed we ended up eating our fries at Casa Patata. 

Nearby Bruges Photo Point, good fries (and a Frikandel) with a good view. Pretty good lunch. 


Overall, while it might seem a bit short on paper and quite a long ride by bus, if you’d like to go to Bruges the time of a day trip from Paris then you should go for it.
Bruges points of interests are relatively close to each other and from a walkable distance. The cityscapes are delightful it’s a smallish town with a lot to offer it’d be a shame to miss out!
A two-day trip might be a better idea if you really want to explore further though. If you got more than a day though I think you should spend the night there, it must be beautiful by night with the city lights. 


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  1. 22/08/2018 / 19:45

    This place looks beautiful! We are going to Paris in November and I will definitely add this to our list of things to do.

  2. 22/08/2018 / 19:48

    What a charming town! I love the architecture, especially at Burg Square. Its funny how weather can shape your experience of a place haha

  3. Nerissa
    22/08/2018 / 20:52

    There’s so many places in France I want to visit, whilst I’m based in London, so this is so helpful! It’s looks like such a pretty place. Then again, all of France is pretty from what I’ve seen so far. Definitely adding this to my list.

  4. 22/08/2018 / 21:37

    Beautiful! I loved Bruges when I went to visit, wish we stayed longer because there’s so much to see. It’s a very romantic little city. Love the whale statue in the Hansa Quarter. You’re right it’s such an interesting concept and juxtaposition.

  5. 22/08/2018 / 21:48

    Wow! Bruges is incredibly picturesque! When I did a day trip to Belgium I went to Liege but should have hit up Bruges instead. You’re definitely spot on about the chocolate, I bought & ate way too much.

  6. 22/08/2018 / 22:39

    Beautiful post! I love Bruges! I went there a few years ago on a road trip through Belgium. Your post made me miss Bruges and I think I should perhaps revisit. I want a darn good waffle while I stroll alongside a canal.

  7. 23/08/2018 / 00:33

    I love Bruges! I’ve never done a Paris to Bruges trip; I’ve always done Brussels to Bruges, so this was quite interesting.

  8. 23/08/2018 / 11:39

    Oh I have never been to Bruges. I really must go from Paris next time I am there! It looks so beautiful and you have given so much detail about what to see.

  9. 23/08/2018 / 17:59

    OMG! This places looks very cute and historic. Honestly, I am hearing about the city of Burges for the first time today but after reading your post, I wouldn’t mind to spending some time walking it’s streets and get lost in time.

  10. Mateja Drobnic
    24/08/2018 / 04:06

    I love such 1-day trips when all the moments are filled with adventure! The town looks quite charming, the canals give it quite a special vibe. Hope to visit in the future 😉

  11. damecacao
    25/08/2018 / 08:05

    Woah! I had no idea the two cities were even close enough for a day trip! Definitely adding this transit idea to my list for next year’s trip. <3

  12. 22/09/2018 / 14:59

    Ahhh I literally would almost go there from Paris just to eat the food you talked about! These photos are seriously so beautiful Lyne and the architecture there is seriously beautiful! I really love it <3 x

  13. 19/02/2020 / 07:45

    All the captures are so beautiful. ❤️ Specially loved reading the food part. I will save it for the time I visit Bruges ❤️❤️

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