Bruges is the historical capital of the West Flanders province, in Belgium. With over 100,000 residents, it is the largest city of its region. Bruges offers you an insight to its history, with its medieval city centre awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. This destination’s top attractions include Basilica of the Holy Blood, Market Square, and Boudewijn Seapark.
Get ready then to explore this beautiful city, because cheap flights to Bruges are now available for a limited time! This destination is served by the Ostend-Bruges International Airport (OST), which is a 40-minute drive from the city centre. This international airport serves a large number of airline companies, including EgyptAir. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban to Bruges are now available. The average flight duration of these flights is 20 hours.
Popular flights to Bruges
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Bruges
This lovely city presents you with such a picturesque location that once you arrive you might never wish to leave!
The warm welcome you will receive from the locals will further enhance your holiday experience in Bruges.
Remnant of History
Bruges is considered by many to be Belgium’s most perfectly preserved medieval location.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Dutch (Flemish) and French
Ostend-Bruges International Airport
GMT + 1
Best time to visit Bruges
The time to enjoy an even blend of decent weather, more availability and cheaper hotel rates in Bruges is during the spring (April – May) and autumn seasons (September – October). These periods bring cooler weather, around 5°C – 10°C, which keeps most of the tourists away, giving you better chances of finding accommodation. With all this availability, you’ll be sure to find affordable hotel rates.
The winter period (November – March) is definitely the coldest in Bruges, reaching below 4°C. The amount of tourists visiting the city drops, and so do the hotel rates. While this is the cheapest time to visit this Belgian city, you’d better pack plenty of winter wear.
Weather & Climate in Bruges
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
Bruges is the capital of, and the largest city in, the West Flanders province in Belgium. To this day, this destination has retained its medieval architecture in the city centre, earning its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alongside this is the multitude of restaurants and hotels, which help to ensure you will have a pleasurable holiday experience in Bruges.
Among the historic landmarks is the major attraction of the 13th century Belfry of Bruges, which houses the 47-belled municipal carillon. Another famous site is the sculpture of Madonna and Child, which is generally believed to be the renowned Michelangelo’s only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime. An added attraction are the exciting cultural festivals in Bruges, which take place throughout the year.
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South Africans will need a visa to enter Belgium. Passports may not be older than 10 years, must have 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure from the Schengen state.
For more information, contact the Consulate of Belgium via telephone at 011 912 9600.
South African Embassy in Belgium
Address: 17-19 Rue Montoyer, 1000, Brussels
Phone: +32 2 285 4400
Get all your necessary routine vaccinations before departing for Belgium by visiting your local health practitioner to get more information on what you need. Other diseases you should guard against include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.
Bruges is a relatively safe city, with no hotspots for crime. You would be wise to be cautious, however, as petty crime is a problem throughout the world. Make sure your valuables are secure and well out of sight. When out at night, make sure you’re with a group.
Meal (inexpensive restaurant)
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught)
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff)
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)
A large concentration of hotels, bed and breakfast rentals and hostels are available in the centre of Bruges. Many of them include features such as restaurants, bars, parking, pools, playgrounds, play rooms, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and more. The cost of accommodation ranges from around € 20 to around € 200. The top establishments in Bruges include Hotel Fevery, Hotel Bonifacius, Maison Le Dragon, and B&B Double Door.
The historical city centre of Bruges is of the sort of convenient size that can be explored on foot. In terms of travelling around the outer sections of the city, there are buses, car taxis and bicycle taxis. Taxis at the market place and station cost around € 10.