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Brugges bus tour

has anyone ever taken a day bus tour to Brugges, though a tour operator like Amsterdam City tours oe gone on your by train. Is it worth the 3 1/2 hours each way for only 5 hours sightseeing. I was even going to look into hiring a driver for the day, any recommendations. We are two couples traveling next July. thanks for your input

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I assume you would be going from Amsterdam to Bruges and return? Last year we stayed for a week in Bruges and still didn't see all we wanted to see there and in the area, but we are slow travelers.

My first response would be no, it is not worth the 7 hours travel time. Bruges is a lovely place with lots to see and do and 5 hours would hardly do it justice. In the total of 12 hours, you will need to eat more than once and that takes time. Of course, the Half Moon brewery is a good place to visit and eat...

We did spend a similar amount of time driving from Bruges to and from Spa Francorchamps to do a tour of the F1 race track. It is my husband's favorite race track and it was worth every hour. We were able to have a very nice lunch right at the track.

Do your research on what there is to see and do in Bruges and then decide. There may be something in particular that is compelling enough that it would be worth the travel time for a day trip for your group.

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Thanks for the response. Yes we will be in Amsterdam for ten days. Maybe we will look into staying a night or two.

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Brugge is nice, but not worth losing all the time in transit if you will only stay one day. I personally think it is a bit overrated, and that your time could be better spent in other places near Amsterdam, but that is just me.

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Thanks will reconsider and leave for another trip.....besides the time, the cost is too high for one day.

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I spent three days (and nights) in Brugge a couple of years ago while on my way to Nijmegen for the Four Days Marches. I enjoyed my time there, but I think I must agree with Andre and say there are other, easier to get to places, nearer to Amsterdam, that would make better day trips. Haarlem and Delft readily come to mind. Check out some of the recommendations in Rick's Amsterdam book.