Unfortunately the Belgian Railways plan a national strike on Wednesday 22nd of April, that will make it impossible to reach Bruges or the airport by train that day!
Bruges offers a wide variety of hotels from cheap to very fancy. You can book your favourite hotel via “Meeting in Brugge” using the link below. They guarantee the best available price at that moment.
Site Oud Sint-Jan
Main entrance for conference visitors from street "Zonnekemeers".
Via Brussels Airport
Brussels airport is a major European airport and has plenty of connections including daily flights from 200 destinations in 66 countries. Easy access to Bruges by train (one transfer).
Charleroi is located 46 km south of Brussels. Its airport offers multiple flights a week by low cost airlines from several European cities. Access to Bruges by bus transfer and train (one transfer).
For details and timetables, visit the Belgian Railways website (fill in Brussels Airport and Bruges).
Although the city is called Bruges in both English and French, look out for its Flemish name, BRUGGE, written on the rail-station name boards. The station of Bruges is on Stationsplein, about 1.6 km south of town, a 15 minute walk to the town center.
From Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport has highway and train access to Bruges. The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1). Direct trains from the airport to Bruges exist but the trip will take more than 2.5 hours. Better option is to first take a train to Brussels South (Midi/Zuid) or to Gent Sint Pieters station, and change for a train to Bruges. All trains in direction of Knokke/Blankenberge or Oostende will stop in Bruges. During the day you'll have 2 options per hour to reach Bruges (via Brussels or Ghent) which will take about 1.5 hours. Train tickets can be purchased at the airport. A standard single ticket from the airport to Bruges costs you 20.60€ (including the Diabolo surcharge of 5€ for connection from airport).
From Charleroi Airport
At Charleroi airport there are two ticket dispensers where you can buy a single ticket valid for "any Belgian destination". This ticket covers a journey in a TEC bus (from the airport to Charleroi-Sud station) of 5€ and a train journey (from Charleroi-Sud to any station in Belgium). The train trip from Charleroi-Sud to Bruges will take two hours with a transfer in Brussels-South (Midi) and will cost you 21.1€. The two ticket dispensers are placed outside the airport, near Door 2. Two methods of payment are accepted: cash or credit/debit card.
Brussels is easily connected by train to major European cities. Eurostar and Thalys come directly into Brussels-Midi station and it is a short platform change to the regular service to Bruges. The train trip from Brussels Midi station to Bruges (two trains per hour) will take one hour and a standard ticket will cost you 14.10€ but a combined Eurostar/Thalys ticket (to any belgian station) can be ordered when booking your Eurostar/Thalys ticket.
For further details and timetables, visit the Belgian Railways website (fill in Brussels Airport and Bruges).
Arrival in Bruges
The central railway station of Bruges is located at 15 minutes walking distance from the city center. At the station you can take a bus or a taxi, which are lining up at the exit. The bus or taxi drive to the city center will take a mere 5 minutes. About every two minutes a bus indicating "via centrum" can bring you to the center of Bruges.
The ‘Oud St. Jan’ Conference Center is located 600 m from the train station, 7 minutes walking distance, from the railway station. Cross the street in front of the train station, turn left and take the first road on you right called "Oostmeers". After 400 m take "Zonnekemeers" on your right. The entrance to the conference center is on your left after 110 m walking, look out for flags with the logo of the conference.
Parking in Bruges
When entering Bruges by car, at the roundabout either go left and park your car under the ‘Zand square’ (Parking ‘Centrum’ for 1500 cars) or go right and park your car in the car park next to the train station (located on your right-hand side). This is a much cheaper car park for about 1500 cars (3,50€/24 h or 10€/week). If you park at the railway station, you can take the bus to the city center free of charge upon presentation of your parking card at the bus counter. There are also several smaller parking lots in the city center but you will never be allowed to park there for more than 4 hours. More information about parking in Bruges can be found here (the Oud St Jan Conference center is located in the yellow zone).