We will have a short time in Bruges as a port-of-call on a cruise ship in early May. Although we'd prefer taking the tram/train cost-wise, we'd prefer not using valuable time in transit as I've read it would take between 1-1/2 hours. Does anyone have recommendations/experience on what taxi service to use, cost and their availability to get from/to the ship? Thank you.
The tram+train option is slow, because the station is not near the boats, and the train only runs once per hour.
First check if your cruise company is supplying a bus, some do. Otherwise just get a normal taxi, there should be some waiting.
If you can find somebody to share the taxi, even better.
Here a list of emailadresses / international phone numbers of taxi firms in or nearby Bruges:
email@example.com / 0032(0)50 33 38 81
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0032(0)50 36 36 49
email@example.com / 0032(0)50 31 10 31
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0032(0)50 35 30 73
email@example.com / 0032(0)50 37 15 40
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0032(0)50 31 77 31
email@example.com / 0032(0)50 37 48 50
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0032(0)50 55 06 50
Martins Taxi is based in Zeebrugge close to the cruise terminal.
if choosing the tram+train, Rick's Northern European Cruise Ports book recommends taking the tram to Blankenberge station, where trains to Bruge still run hourly, but take only 13 minutes, versus 40 minutes from Zeebrugge station.
Laura is right about Blankenberge--much faster train connections to Bruges--and they go direct to Ghent and Brussels too. If you are in a hurry, take a cab from the port to the Blankenberge train station, then the train to Bruges.