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 itself.

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. What's more, hotels are generally more expensive outside Brussels.

Day trips from Brussels


Bruges is a medieval fairy-tale town and Belgium’s most visited city with 7.8 million people exploring Bruges every year.


Ghent is a stunning medieval city not far from Brussels and one of Belgium’s favourite places to visit. Find out Ghent’s top attractions and things to do.


Antwerp is known as the Diamond Capital of the World. It is the second most important city in Belgium after Brussels. Discover things to do in Antwerp.


Amsterdam is one of the most popular day trips from Brussels. This capital has a unique charm that will capture all, so discover all its highlights!

Day trips that are a little further away

A little further away, 177 miles (285 km) to the southeast of Brussels, in Paris. Belgium’s capital is connected to this city by the Thalys train. This high-speed train takes just over an hour to get to the capital of France.