A Travel Price Comparison for Belgium Bruges vs. Antwerp for Old Town, Attractions, Food, and Nightlife

Should you visit Bruges or Antwerp?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Bruges and Antwerp. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Bruges

Bruges is a beautiful, historic, and charming city. The famous beauty of this place is one of the main draws. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Antwerp

Antwerp is a genuine, cultural, and historical port city. Because this is such a big city, visitors will find many sights and attractions around town. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Bruges and Antwerp: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers


How is Bruges different from Antwerp?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Antwerp and Bruges. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Bruges
Antwerp

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Antwerp and Bruges.

Visitors can fill many days exploring the museums and attractions around Bruges. The city is filled with charming hidden corners as well as notable landmarks. The main square is Bruges' Markt which is where you'll find the the Belfry Tower. Other must-see sights include the Historium, Groeninge Museum, the Town Hall, and Brugse Vrije Museum.

Antwerp offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. The city has a number of cathedrals, museums, and art galleries that are fun to explore. The history and culture of the town is best experienced by wandering the streets and soaking up the architecture.


Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Food?

Bruges
Antwerp

Both Bruges and Antwerp offer good local cuisine and restaurants.

Bruges has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. From its world class breweries to its famous chocolate shops, there is plenty to eat and drink around town. In the old town prices can be a bit high, but the dishes and atmosphere are great. Popular local dishes include Belgian waffles, fries, mussels, and beef stew.

Antwerp offers number of good local restaurants to choose from. People with a sweet tooth will enjoy the chocolates and biscuits that make this city famous. You'll also find plenty of fries and casual dining options to choose from. Local favorites include mussels and fish and chips, and of course, you must try the beer!

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Nightlife?

Bruges
Antwerp

The vibe at night is comparable in Bruges and Antwerp.

If you're looking for night time activities Bruges has a few options to choose from. It's famous for its beer and breweries, so you'll find a number of places to gather in the evening. There is a lack of nightclubs, so if dancing and partying hard is your style, then this may not be your place. The vibes are generally chill and relaxed at night. Most places are concentrated around old town or near Kuipersstraat or Zilverstraat.

Antwerp has plenty to do after the sun goes down. With its large student population and young vibe, you'll find an active nightlife scene around town. Many of the the clubs and bars are concentrated in the docklands, but you'll also find places to hang out everywhere around town.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for its Old Town?

Bruges
Antwerp

Visitors enjoy the old town areas in both Bruges and Antwerp.

Bruges has a world-famous historical area. The old town is the main attraction, with its quaint cobblestone streets and beautiful brick architecture.

Many visitors explore the old town while visiting Antwerp. The old city has a long running history and many unique spots to explore. At the heart of the old town is Grote Markt, which is surrounded by beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets. There are a diversity of restaurants including local cuisines, Italian restaurants, and a number of different ethnic food. You'll also find local chocolate shops, waffle vendors, and ice cream.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Shopping?

Bruges
Antwerp

Antwerp is generally considered to be a more popular shopping destination.

Many people travel to Antwerp specifically to go shopping. The city has become known for its fashion scene. The main shopping street is Meir, which is where you'll find a variety of European fashion chains. It's also fun to buy chocolates, art, or other souvenirs around town. You'll find both locals and tourists perusing the main shopping areas around town.

Bruges is a great destination for shopping. The city offers plenty of shopping, whether you're looking for souvenirs, trendy European brands, or local items. It's more geared towards tourists than locals, and you want find the same diversity that you get in some of the larger nearby cities, but you'll find unique lace items and other local goods in the old town. The streets around Markt Square, Steenstraat, Geld Monstraat, and Jakobstraat are the main shopping areas.


Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Families?

Bruges
Antwerp

Both Bruges and Antwerp are family-friendly destinations.

Bruges offers lots of family activities. Kids will enjoy sampling the unique chocolate around town, eating their fill of waffles, and getting their energy out in the park or at a local playground. There are also canal boat tours and horse drawn carriage rides that are fun for the whole family.

Antwerp is a family-friendly place to visit. Favorite kid-friendly activities around town include taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel, going to the local zoo, or exploring the indoor play area Plopsa Station. Kids will also enjoy exploring the underground canals or taking a boat ride.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Couples?

Bruges
Antwerp

Bruges and Antwerp both fun destinations for a couple.

Bruges is a great city if you're traveling as a couple. This romantic city has amazing restaurants, charming streets, and impressive architecture. Couples will enjoy exploring the canals by boat or taking a horse drawn carriage ride through the old town. There are also a number of cute bed and breakfasts where you can stay.

Antwerp is a nice destination for couples. The city has a wonderful café culture with great restaurants and beautiful neighborhoods to explore. There are many great restaurants as well as plenty of shopping opportunities.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Bruges
Antwerp

For backpackers, both Bruges and Antwerp are fairly comparable places to visit.

Plenty of budget travelers and backpackers visit Bruges. There are a few good hostels around town. The city sees its share of tourists, but many arrive as part of tours or river boat cruises. If you stay in a hostel, you shouldn't have trouble meeting other young travelers though. There are also plenty of well known breweries where you can gather with friends.

Antwerp is a good city to visit for backpackers. With a handful of hostels and a variety of free activities, this is an affordable place to visit. It's often overlooked by backpackers so those that visit will be rewarded. It has a vibe of authenticity which is great for backpacker's who are a bit jaded from the tourism scene.

Is Bruges or Antwerp Better for Public Transit?

Bruges
Antwerp

Bruges and Antwerp both offer public transit to get you around.

While Bruges offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There is a bus system that connects the train station to the old town. Otherwise, the city is best explored on foot.

Antwerp has a few public transit options. There are both tram and bus lines around town. The city also has a large and impressive train station with many connections, making it a good base for exploring other areas.


Is Bruges or Antwerp a more walkable city?

Bruges
Antwerp

Bruges and Antwerp are similar when it comes to walkability.

Bruges is a very easy city to get around on foot. The train station is a short walk from the old town but the city is very walkable and best explored on foot.

Antwerp is very walkable. The old town can be comfortably explored on foot, particularly the area around Grote Markt.

Should I spend more time in Antwerp or Bruges?

How long in Bruges or Antwerp?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Bruges and Antwerp. You can spend similar amounts of time exploring each one.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bruges is 1-3 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Antwerp is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Bruges or Antwerp? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bruges 1-3 
    Antwerp 1-3

One day in Bruges or Antwerp?

In Bruges, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. This city offers something for everyone. This would be the perfect place to spend one day, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the destination of Antwerp. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. One day is often enough time to do most activities.

A weekend in Bruges or Antwerp?

In Bruges, you'll find food and shopping. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Visiting the old town is also a must. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Bruges has to offer.

Antwerp is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the shopping, as that's what most people do. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Five days in Bruges or Antwerp?

Bruges is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Antwerp. Don't miss the shopping, as that's what most people do. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.


A week in Bruges or Antwerp?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bruges. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Bruges. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the youthful destination of Antwerp. This port city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Antwerp or Bruges?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Bruges is €99, while the average daily cost in Antwerp is €98. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bruges and Antwerp in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bruges 47
    Antwerp 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bruges 94
    Antwerp 114
Compare Hotels in Bruges and Antwerp

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Hotels in Bruges


Hotels in Antwerp


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bruges 13
    Antwerp 9.71
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bruges

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bruges:


  • Five Day Bus Pass
    15
  • Bike Rental for Day
    8.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bruges

Also for Bruges, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Belgium and Benelux VIP Transfers limo and luxe minivan service Zaventem-Bruges: $249
  • Brussels: Private VIP Transfer to/from Bruges: $260
  • Departure Private Transfer Bruges City to Bruges Airport OST by Luxury Vehicle: $110
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bruges to Brussels Airport (BRU): $111
  • Private Transfer from Bruges City Center to Brussels City Center: $127
  • Private Transfer from Bruges to Amsterdam: $353
  • Private Transfer from Bruges to Brussels By Business car: $134
  • Private Transfer from Bruges to Brussels or (Brussel Airport = same price): $185
  • Private Transfer from ZeeBrugge or Bruges to Antwerp By Luxury car: $185
  • Shuttle Transfer Bruges London (1 to 8 Places): $491
  • Taxi Transfer from Bruges to AMS Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: $332
  • VIP Transfers for groups and families with Luxe Mercedes Benz mini van: $249

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antwerp

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antwerp:

  • Private Transfer: Antwerp to Antwerp International Airport (ANR): $622
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Antwerp City - One Way: $597
  • Antwerp Shuttle Transfer London (1 to 8 Places): $491
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Rotterdam Airport to Antwerp City - One Way: $333
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Antwerp City - One Way: $326
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Ostend-Bruges International Airport to Antwerp City - One Way: $323
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Eindhoven Airport to Antwerp City - One Way: $271
  • Private round trip transfer Antwerp to Bruges for max 4 passengers: $265
  • Private Transfer from Amsterdam to Antwerp: $238
  • Private transfer from Antwerp Airport to Bruges for maximum 4 persons: $216
  • Private Transfer from Antwerp to Bruges or ZeeBrugge By Luxury car: $160
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer from Antwerp Airport to Bruges and Bruges to Antwerp Airport for max 8 passengers: $133

Is it cheaper to fly into Bruges or Antwerp?

Prices for flights to both Antwerp and Bruges change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bruges 41
    Antwerp 31
Typical Food prices in Bruges

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Bruges:


  • Cup of Tea
    2.00
  • Sandwich for Lunch
    3.25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bruges

For Bruges, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Brussels: Private Trip to Bruges & Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $177

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bruges 12
    Antwerp 6.57
Typical Entertainment prices in Bruges

For Bruges, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Groeninge Museum Entrance
    8.00

Tours and Activities in Bruges

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Bruges.

  • Bruges History & Heritage Walking Tour with Perfect Introduction: $3.72
  • Historium Virtual Reality Ticket: $8.71
  • Frietmuseum Entry Ticket: $9.07
  • Bruges Beer Experience Entrance Ticket: $12
  • Entrance Ticket to Salvador Dalí Exhibition, Belfry, Markt 7, 8000 Bruges: $12
  • Skip the Line: Historium Story Ticket: $19
  • Zeebrugge to Bruges Return Cruise Shuttle Service: $23
  • Skip the Line: Historium Story + VR Ticket: $23
  • Private Tour With a Local: $34
  • Damme: Electric Scooter Tour with Private Guide: $34
  • Architectural Tour of Bruges: $40
  • Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English: $40

Tours and Activities in Antwerp

Here are a few actual costs in Antwerp for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Hour Segway City Tours Antwerp Belgium: $110
  • Antwerp Beer Tasting Tour: $96
  • Antwerp City Tour: $639
  • Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour: $25
  • Antwerp Tour From Brussels: $45
  • 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour: $16
  • 2-Hour Dark Side of Antwerp Private Evening Tour: $164
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Historic Center: $266
  • Private Walking Tour with a Local: $34
  • Combination Tour: Experience Brussels and Antwerp: $74

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bruges 8.78
    Antwerp 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Antwerp

Also in Antwerp, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery Admission Ticket: $17


When comparing the travel costs between Bruges and Antwerp, we can see that Bruges is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Bruges or Antwerp?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Bruges or Antwerp in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bruges as well as Antwerp. Many travelers come to Bruges for the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, many visitors come to Antwerp in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Bruges is generally around the same temperature as Antwerp. Temperatures in Bruges average around 17°C (63°F), and Antwerp stays around 17°C (63°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Antwerp. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bruges this time of the year. In the summer, Bruges often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Antwerp. Bruges gets 202 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Antwerp receives 202 hours of full sun.

Bruges usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Antwerp. Bruges gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Antwerp receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bruges 17°C (63°F) 
    Antwerp 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Bruges or Antwerp in the Autumn?

Both Antwerp and Bruges are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Bruges in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Antwerp for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene during these months.

Bruges is around the same temperature as Antwerp in the autumn. The temperature in Bruges is usually 12°C (54°F) in October, and Antwerp stays around 12°C (54°F).

Bruges usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Antwerp during autumn. Bruges gets 105 hours of sunny skies, while Antwerp receives 105 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Bruges usually receives around the same amount of rain as Antwerp. Bruges gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Antwerp receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bruges 12°C (54°F) 
    Antwerp 12°C (54°F)

Should I visit Bruges or Antwerp in the Winter?

Both Antwerp and Bruges during the winter are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Bruges for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Antwerp because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Antwerp can be very cold. Bruges can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Bruges is around the same temperature as Antwerp. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bruges in January are around 3°C (38°F), and Antwerp is about 3°C (38°F).

In the winter, Bruges often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Antwerp. Bruges gets 47 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Antwerp receives 47 hours of full sun.

Bruges usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Antwerp. Bruges gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Antwerp receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bruges 3°C (38°F) 
    Antwerp 3°C (38°F)

Should I visit Bruges or Antwerp in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bruges and Antwerp. The spring months attract visitors to Bruges because of the natural beauty. Also, the activities around the city are the main draw to Antwerp this time of year.

In April, Bruges is generally around the same temperature as Antwerp. Temperatures in Bruges average around 8°C (47°F), and Antwerp stays around 8°C (47°F).

Bruges usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Antwerp during spring. Bruges gets 158 hours of sunny skies, while Antwerp receives 158 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Bruges usually receives around the same amount of rain as Antwerp. Bruges gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Antwerp receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bruges 8°C (47°F) 
    Antwerp 8°C (47°F)

Typical Weather for Antwerp and Bruges

Bruges Antwerp
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (38°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 3°C (38°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 3°C (38°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 3°C (38°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 6°C (42°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Apr 8°C (47°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 8°C (47°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 12°C (54°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Jul 17°C (63°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Sep 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 75 mm (2.9 in) 7°C (45°F) 75 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 5°C (40°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 5°C (40°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)


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