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Day Trips from Brussels

In other destinations, the day-trips are usually considered a “plus” and only recommend if you have extra time, however, in Belgium there are some cities that are as important as Brussels.

To do these day trips we recommend spending the night in Brussels and taking an early train or bus to the city of interest. Since the following towns are so close to Brussels and are all relatively small, you’ll only need one day to explore them. Moreover, hotels are generally more expensive outside Brussels.

Day trips from Brussels

  • Brujas Bruges is a medieval fairy-tale town and Belgium’s most visited city with 7.8 million people exploring Bruges every year.
  • Gante Ghent is a stunning medieval city not far from Brussels and one of Belgium’s favourite places to visit. Twenty per cent of its inhabitants are students, making it one of the liveliest cities in the country.
  • Amberes Antwerp is known as the Diamond Capital of the World. It is the second most important city in Belgium after Brussels and one of the most visited cities from Brussels.  
  • Ámsterdam Amsterdam is one of the most popular day trips from Brussels. The Netherlands’ capital has a unique charm that will capture all.

Day trips that are a little further away

A little further away, 177 miles (285 km) to the south east of Brussels, is Paris. Belgium’s capital is connected to this city by the Thalys train. This high speed train takes 1:20 hours to get to the capital of France.