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Bike

If you plan to cycle around the province's excellent network of trails, pop in to any tourist office and ask for a copy of the Fietsnetwerk (bicycle network) map for the regions you are interested in. There are four: De Kust, Westhoek, Brugse Ommeland and Leiestreek. Each map costs €8.

You can order the maps in advance by following the links to the webshop at www.westtoer.be.

Boat

There are daily sailings from Hull, UK to Zeebrugge's P&O ferry terminal with a free shuttle bus connection to Bruges.

Bus

Long distance coach operators Eurolines, FlixBus and DeinBus operate routes from a variety of European cities that transit through, terminate or originate in Bruges and/or Ostend.

DeLijn provides regional bus and tram services in West Flanders, including the popular Kusttram line which links communities along the coast.

Car

West Flanders has a spiny network of local and rural roads linking the many small villages and towns. Speed limits can be slow, but distances are short and the scenery is pretty.

The E40/A10 motorway from Brussels and Ghent continues to Bruges and onwards to Ostend.

Rail

There's a limited rail network of regional 'B' trains operated by NMBS/SNCB, as well as a handful of international services. Bruges is the main station in the province, but Ostend, Kortrijk, De Panne and Ypres have rail services too.