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Changes to coach parking in Bruges

Bruges received more than 200,000 UK visitor overnights in 2013, 8.7% more than 2012 and had an increase of 8.6% of visitor arrivals in 2013. Due to the very nature of the cities’ popularity and in keeping with its medieval status, the city wishes to optimize the visitor experience for both visitors and residents alike and for some time has operated a no traffic policy in the city centre of Bruges. From 15 May 2014 the city zone will be extended to include t’ Zand Square and the Vrijdagmarkt. This means coaches should use the designated coach park on Bargeplein, unless drivers are dropping off/picking up passengers directly from hotels.

Tourism Bruges advises that motor coaches will no longer be allowed to drop off at t’Zand, the place where coach drivers occasionally drop off visitors to the city.

Bruges has a dedicated parking area which can accommodate up to 140 coaches, situated at the Bargeplein – Kanaaleiland. It is open 24 hours a day and visitors will be able to find amenities such as toilets, cash dispensers and a covered shelter in case of bad weather. The historic city centre lies within easy walking distance and there is a regular “De Lijn” city bus service to the centre. Parking rates for coaches will vary depending on the duration of stay in the city.

For more information go to: Operators can contact the car park management by sending an email to or Tel: 0032 50 339030

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