City Break to Bruges

Beautiful Flemish architecture, cobblestone paths and serene canals connects the city of Bruges to the sea. Sail from Dunkirk and arrive for your short city break in Bruges in an hour.

This beautiful city is a UNESCO World Heritage City Centre with its elegant style, medieval buildings, restaurants, canals and culture – there is so much to see and enjoy.

The Christmas markets in Bruges are particularly magical, full of craft stalls and pretty wooden chalets, plentiful food and drink and an ice rink centre piece beneath the Belfry of Bruges. The Bruges main Christmas market runs from November 23rd to January 1st 2019.

  • Sail from Dover-Dunkirk or Calais or from Newcastle to Amsterdam
  • Capital city short break – made easy
  • Beautiful city break destination
  • Choice of two central hotels in Bruges

​​​​​​*All prices based on 2 people sharing


Dover is ideal if you’re travelling from the Midlands or South. Choose from our Dunkirk or Calais ports. Our Dover-Dunkirk crossing takes 2 hours and our crossing from Dover to Calais takes just 90 minutes. Our ports in France have convenient and easy access to the French motorway network, meaning you can enjoy a smooth drive to Bruges from whichever port you arrive in. From Dunkirk you’re just an hour’s drive to Bruges, and from Calais it’s less than 90 minutes.

Our onboard facilities mean time flies, from restaurants to bars, shopping to our Pirate’s Island play area, there’s entertainment for the whole family.




Our overnight crossings from Newcastle-Amsterdam are perfect for anyone travelling from the North or Scotland. Travel with your car or as a foot passenger. Foot passengers will hop on our coach from port to Amsterdam city centre, included in the price, and from there you can take a train to Bruges which you will need to book separately. Trains are frequent and take under 3 hours. By car, the journey is also 3 hours.

Onboard you’ll find 2 restaurants and 4 bars, making sure you’re wined and dined. There’s also our cinema, casino and onboard shop to enjoy at your leisure, as well as soft play and arcade games for kids.​


red buildings in bruge in autumn

Discover Bruges

Wander through Bruges’ medieval streets and find yourself in awe at the limitless beauty of the city. Visit the medieval Belfry and climb its steep and winding staircase to the top for outstanding views of the city. There’s also the Grote Markt, Basilica of the Holy Blood and the grand City Hall. Pick up fries from a stall, with mayonnaise, of course, and take a trip to a true Belgian chocolatier. You also have to try the local beer, and make sure to order the Flemish beef stew.

Bruges travel guide

Our hotels

Our hotels

Choose from 2 different hotels in the city. The 3 star Martins Hotel is incredibly central, just seconds from the Belfry. Though a traditionally Flemish exterior, the inside is unmistakably modern. Appealing to a more classical taste in décor is the 4 star Martine Relais hotel, boasting beautiful canal views and less than a 10 minute walk to the Belfry. A delicious buffet breakfast is included at both hotels.

Bruges hotels​

Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery

Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery

Boasting the real taste of Bruges is the Bourgogne des Flandres brewery located right behind Martins Hotel. The brewery dates back to 1825 and the beer is brewed onsite. It provides an authentic Flemish taste that has survived centuries. With regular, interactive tours and audio guides, learn about the history of company and the brewing processes. Enjoy a free seasonal beer when you book a tour and show your DFDS booking confirmation. Stop for a drink in the brewery bar and head out on the terrace to take in the views of the canals and surrounding architecture.

Belgian beer guide


A city for all seasons

Visit Bruges any time of the year and you’re sure to fall in love. From blooming daffodils at Begijnhof and the canal’s goslings in the spring, to festivals across the city in the summer. 

Watch green fade as trees and buildings alike are enveloped in red and orange in autumn or wait until winter for the most charming Christmas markets.

​​​​Disclaimer: Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at anytime.​ Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply​. ABTOT provides protection for your booking as set out in section 19 of our booking conditions.​​​ ​​


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