With flight prices ever on the increase, more adventurers are choosing to travel across Europe by coach. The rise in the popularity of coach travel comes down to its affordability and flexibility, as well as reduced waiting times and few luggage restrictions.
A London to Brussels bus service takes just over five hours, you can travel affordably in a large group and sit with whoever you like without paying extra, and you can take as much luggage as you want with you. With our coach hire services, at CoachScanner, we'll even pick you up at a location that's most convenient for you, rather than us.
Because of all this and more, Belgium coach holidays are an appealing, exciting, and relaxed way to get away.
Coach Holidays with a Difference
At CoachScanner, we're pleased to boast an array of benefits that ensure our coach holidays are a great experience.
When travelling by coach, comfort is crucial, which is why most of our vehicles, including selected minibuses, are fitted with premium seats, head and footrests with plenty of room to move. On request some of our vehicles have thick curtains installed, so you can get some rest if travelling for long periods or at night.
For entertainment, some vehicles come equipped with audio capability, so you can listen to music aloud as a group, singing along with your friends, or in private via the headphone jack. There's also a television so you can watch the films and shows you love on the go. Before you know it, you'll be in Belgium.
Customer safety is an integral part of any coach holiday, which is why, at CoachScanner, we make extensive Operator checks. Drivers are DBS checked, too, which makes them certified to work with children and young adults. To further ensure customer safety, our Operators complete full vehicle checks on all our coaches and minibuses periodically. You're in safe hands.
Our Belgium coach holidays can involve as little as your driver taking you to your city of choice, be it Brussels or Bruges, and dropping you off or, for a more extensive trip, accompanying you on your entire journey with a full travel schedule. After all, with a coach or minibus at your disposal, you don't just have to stick to the city centre – there's lots to see and do further afield, too.
To book a bespoke Belgium coach holiday, please get in touch and speak to a member of our experienced European travel team (email@example.com).
London to Brussels Bus Service
With our London to Brussels bus service, you will be picked up at your location of choice, you and your group's luggage will be loaded, and you'll be on your way in a matter of minutes. The benefit of coach travel is that you can travel in groups of between 15 and 100 effortlessly – we have vehicles suitable for all group sizes.
During your journey, you will stop off at motorway services at least a couple of times – this will give you an opportunity to stretch your legs, pop to the toilet, and grab a coffee or a bite to eat. That's one enormous benefit of travelling by bus to Belgium rather than flying. After all, there's nothing worse than being cooped up in an airport queue and then a plane for hours.
When you arrive in Belgium, you'll be dropped off at your hotel or accommodation. If you've booked one of our bespoke coach tours, your driver will liaise with you for the next day's plans. If not, you will be picked up at the same place at the end of your journey, unless otherwise agreed.
Our London to Brussels bus service is affordable, comfortable, and almost effortless.
Must-see Attractions in Brussels
Brussels is best known as the political heart of Europe; however, it's not always the first-place people think of to visit. But it should be high up on the list because there are tonnes of things to see and many an experience to be had throughout the city.
When visiting Brussels, the Grand Place, also known as the Grote Markt, is the best place to start your tour. It's the city's central square, lined with restaurants, bars and market stalls. It's also surrounded by extravagant guildhalls and Brussels town hall, as well as the King's House. The architecture in this part of the city is especially traditional. If you're someone that enjoys museums, too, you explore the Museum of the City of Brussels, which is located within the square and packed with folklore.
London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and Brussels has the Atomium. It's a 335ft metal structure shaped like an atom. The landmark was constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair; however, it's now a museum with a viewing tower at the very top. You'll find the structure on the Heysel Plateau in central Brussels. The Parc de Laeken, a public park with a picturesque lake, is next to the landmark and a fantastic place to stroll around or take a family picnic on a warm summer's day.
Royal Palace of Brussels
To the south of the city is the Royal Palace of Brussels which, like Buckingham Palace, is the official residence of Belgium's royal family. It is a magnificent building that was built in 1934 in typical neoclassical style. The Royal Palace of Brussels isn't open year-round; however, in the summer months, you can book tours where you can see the throne and other impressive state rooms.
If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids while in Brussels, Mini-Europe is an excellent option. It's a miniature park at the base of the Atomium landmark. The park features miniature reproductions of all of Europe's iconic landmarks at a scale of 1:25. The landmarks reproduced there include everything from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower. It's a fun experience for all the family.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
This complex is a group of six art museums in the city centre. Across these multiple venues, there are more than 20,000 artworks on display. The museum specialises in painting, sculpture and drawing with a focus on traditional fine art. For instance, at the time of writing, the museums celebrated the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1569) with a digital exhibition.
These are just some of the sights you can experience throughout Brussels. There are many others. Similarly, Brussels is renowned for its exquisite food and, of course, its beer, so there are many cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to visit during your trip.
Bruges Holidays by Coach
If you'd like a Belgium coach holiday to somewhere quainter than Brussels, Bruges is ideal.
London to Bruges by coach takes just four and a half hours as the city is by the coast of Belgium, which makes the trip even more appealing. Like European cities such as Amsterdam, Bruges has a picturesque canal system which adds to the city's charm. Over the years, it has become a go-to destination for young travellers and couples thanks to its penchant for excellent beer and chocolate.
Every year, at CoachScanner, hundreds of UK travellers book our Bruges holidays by coach, especially during the Christmas period.
Must-see Attractions in Bruges
There is less to do in Bruges than in Brussels; however, it's the perfect destination for a relaxed weekend getaway. Bruges has a much more serene atmosphere, free of political tension and high-rise buildings, and is ideal for groups both small and large. It's also steeped in history, which makes it an excellent destination for schools, too. Here, there's really is something for everyone.
Belfry of Bruges
At the centre of Bruges is the Belfry of Bruges, a 272ft medieval bell tower. For locals and tourists alike, it is the symbol of Bruges the world over. Inside the impressive bell tower is a 366-step climb and, when you reach the top, you can experience pristine views of central Bruges. There is also a treasure chamber and a 47-belled carillon. At just €10, it's a must-see.
If you admire art and, specifically, Flemish primitive art, you should explore the Groeningemuseum, which is on the site of Eekhout Abbey in the centre of the city. It houses an extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century artworks, as well as contemporary pieces. The Groeningemuseum is one of the most renowned galleries in Belgium. Prominent artists include Jan van Eyck and Marcel Broodthaers.
What's Belgium best known for? (Second to its beer, of course). Chocolate! And Bruges has some of the best chocolatiers in the country. If you're a choco-head, you must visit Choco-Story, which is a small museum with exhibits on the history of chocolate. The museum also has demonstrations on how chocolate is made and similar technicalities. Throughout the experience, you will enjoy samples of delicious Belgian chocolate and, at the end, you can visit the gift shop to buy some to take away. Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Belgium’s other decadence is its beer, which is why the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, a family-run brewery in the heart of Bruges, is a must-visit. You can take a guided tour of the brewery where you'll be showed old brewing techniques – the secret behind Belgium's brewing success. The brewery also has a dining area where you can relax, grab a bite to eat and try a medley of local brews.
Old St. John's Hospital
If you're someone that likes to explore slightly off-the-radar sights in the cities you visit, Bruges' Old St. John’s Hospital is fantastic. It's a former medieval hospital, and one of the oldest in Europe, located south of the city centre, next to the Church of Our Lady – another must-see sight. The hospital was built in the 11th-century and is a museum and gallery with works by artist Hans Memling.
When you're in Bruges, ensure you look for more chocolatiers and breweries to explore – they're dotted all over the city.
Bespoke Coach Tours with CoachScanner
An aspect of CoachScanner that has made our coach tours extra-special is our bespoke offering.
Whether you're simply seeking a London to Brussels bus tour or something more extensive, we can help. Working with our team of experienced European travel enthusiasts, you can plan a trip you'll remember forever. Our partners will suggest landmarks in and around the city or country you'd like to visit and, working with your driver and dedicated travel representative we will schedule a journey that includes all the top sights, plus unique experiences such as out-of-the-way restaurants, tastings, and even outdoor activities.
Like our other coach hire services, with our bespoke coach tours, you can select a pickup address that's convenient for your entire group and bring as much luggage as you like along with you.
Throughout your journey to the destination, we will stop a couple of times at least so you can stretch your legs or grab a bite to eat, for example. Then, when you arrive at your destination, your driver will drop you off and then park the coach somewhere suitable. Your driver will then coordinate with you to ensure everyone's where they need to be for daily activities as you travel around the city or from one location to another, so you make the most of your time away.
All our London to Belgium bus tours come with a driver with extensive knowledge of Belgium for an immersive experience.
As with all our coach holidays, with our Belgium coach tours, you can select from our full array of vehicles, including budget and premium coaches that sit between 10 and 100 passengers, as well as minibuses for smaller groups. Our vehicles come with first-class facilities, including plenty of leg room, audio capability, television and, for some, Wi-Fi, for a thoroughly relaxing journey.
If you have a question about our Belgium coach hire or minibus hire services or would like to discuss a bespoke coach tour with a member of our team, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0203 823 6988.