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Amsterdam and Bruges DIY from ship

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    Going on a short visit to Amsterdam and Bruges on a budget. Would like information on public transport from the ship to city centres with reference to fares and walking distances. Thanks for reading.

    Originally posted by nardoux, heacham View Post
    Going on a short visit to Amsterdam and Bruges on a budget. Would like information on public transport from the ship to city centres with reference to fares and walking distances. Thanks for reading.
    Hi there .... Have you read these threads yet? http://www.cruises.co.uk/1377-bruges...ay_bruges.html and http://www.cruises.co.uk/1374-amsterdam_netherlands some good info available.


      You can normally walk into Amsterdam from the cruise terminal. Just head towards the station, there a straight road. It takes 10-15 mins.

      If you then need to rest your legs, from near the station you can take the museum boat which is a hop on, hop off, boat. It is both scenic and practical. There is a stop near to most of the sights that you may want to see.

      Alternatively just keep on walking - Amsterdam is NOT that big.

      If you want to see the Anna frank House, arrive as early as possible after it opens to allow for some queuing.
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        Both are very easy DY places.

        The Dutch have built a terminal about 10 - 20 minutes' walk from the Central railway station, depending on your speed. On leaving the terminal there were tourist information guides to assist you with maps, purchasing tickets for canal, trams, museums etc, and any other queries you had. However, this is not the only terminal and some are a fair distance away and require a shuttle.

        Not only can you see the station to your right when you leave the terminal, to your left is the tram terminal which goes right to the station, then up to Dam Square. The walk into the city is easy, one straight road that leads to the rear of central station, make your way under the track to the front and everything is linked to there, trams, canal tours, hop-on buses to name a few. Most of these go from the far side (front) of the station, so just keep walking.


        Bruges is small enough to wander around. Once you get to Bruges you'll find 3 tourist offices: The first tourist office can be found at the exit of the railway station. The second larger tourist office is located inside the Concert building, just 10 minutes walking from the railway station. A third office is inside the Historium on the Market square. The offices are open Monday till Saturday from 10am – 5pm and on Sundays 10am – 2pm.

        Bruges is a charming maze of cobblestoned streets and canals and at its very heart lies Market Square. Lined with fairy-tale facades and lively café’s, this vast open square is a constant hive of activity. Dominating proceedings is the huge Belfry Tower. It’s possible to climb the 366 steps to the top of the tower for outstanding views of Bruges. If you go up the tower be prepared for the pain of descent and the pain in the backs of your legs next day!

        There's also a very nice cafe near the Cathedral that serves hot chocolate made with real chocolate melted into the hot milk. Belgian chips and mayonnaise are good, as are mussels. Beer with your meals (recommended like wine) is a novelty. For a nice relaxed beer try, 2be Beer Wall, just off Burg, beers from 3.5% to 9%, and are served in small, medium and large glasses. You can either sit in the small interior or opt for the garden where you have views over the canals.

        If you are thinking of purchasing chocolates then ladies, every other shop is a chocolate shop so there is no need to buy straight away.

        Take a canal ride in Bruges. 5 Starting points: at the back of the Belfry Tower, City Hall and near the Church of Our Lady. The tour takes 30 minutes and starts and ends at the embarkation point of your choice (it's NOT hop on hop off). Each boat company does the same tour, gives the same explanation and has the same prices. Adults pay € 7.60 and children under 12 year pay € 3.40 (these are 2013 prices). Individuals don't need to book in advance; you can buy your ticket on the day itself. Be warned, they cram you in.
        Last edited by Peter D, Wrexham; 12th February 2014, 11:32 AM.
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          Dont make the mistake we made many years ago - Got the train from Blankenburge where the shuttle drops you off to get the train into Bruges. On the return we got train tickets back to Zebrugge which is the port but ended up at a desserted station with miles to walk and no shuttle bus.


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