How to Ride a Boat in Bruges

Brussels Boat Ride explained

A boat tour in Bruges is a perfect way to admire the city’s beauty and learn about its rich history. The guided tours, which typically last 30 minutes, provide an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views of the city. Boat tours are available in various languages, ensuring that international travelers can fully enjoy the experience.

Where to Buy Tickets

At Tour Departure Points

You can purchase boat ride tickets at any of the five main boat tour departure points located throughout the city, directly at the ticket booth or from the boat operators.

Book Online (Recommended)

During the high season (May to September), all boat tickets might already be booked or you have to wait in a long line. To avoid this, we recommend you to book a tour that includes the boat ride. Here are a couple of tours;

These tours cost more than buying a single boat ride ticket, but they come with a reserved seat and include additional activities like city walking.

Ticket Prices

The average price for a 30-minute boat tour is €12 per adult and €7 per child (4-11 years old). Children below 4 years old are usually free.

Where to Ride and Routes

Cruise tours cover a different section of Bruges’ picturesque canals, offering unique views and experiences. The boat operators will guide you along the city’s most iconic waterways, passing under historic bridges and alongside enchanting medieval buildings.

Sights to See

During your boat tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see many of Bruges’ most famous landmarks, including the Belfry Tower, the Church of Our Lady, the charming Boniface Bridge and Beguinage (Beginhof). You’ll also glide past picturesque half-timbered houses, elegant mansions, and stunning gardens that adorn the city’s canals.

Available Season

Boat tours in Bruges operate from March to November. During this time, the city’s canals are filled with vibrant colors, making it the perfect time for a boat ride. Tours run daily, with boats departing every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.