The cruise port of Zeebrugge

Cruise ship pier location in Zeebrugge

The port of Zeebrugge is very large. It includes a container port, a ferry port and a cruise port. There are major ferry connections across the channel to England. Most cruise ships dock at the Zweedse Kaai (Swedish Quay) about 3 kilometers from the center. The cruise port is located in a busy and industrial area of ​​the port, so walking around is not recommended. Therefore, the port authorities provide a free shuttle bus from your cruise ship to the exit of the port. From there you have several transportation options to make excursions.

Smaller, more luxurious vessels dock at the Maritime Station. It is located at the Leopold II harbour mole (quay 103) and offers 1 berthing space to ships of less 200 m.

Cruise to Zeebrugge

During a cruise vacation to Belgium, Zeebrugge is often on the program. This small coastal resort is conveniently located along the North Sea and the Channel and offers various excursion possibilities. Excursions to Bruges make Zeebrugge very popular.

Cruise passengers have following options:

  •  Board an excursion bus from the cruise line
  •  Get on the free port shuttle, which will bring them outside the port area. These passengers organise their own excursion by using local companies, public transport (tram and train) 
  • Take a taxi 

Zeebrugge Cruise terminal

The port of Zeebrugge is one of the biggest in Europe. There's a big docking pier for cruise ships at Zweedse Kaai (Swedish Quai). Port authorities offer a free shuttle service from your cruise ship to the port exit and back.

The new ABC-tower, is a multi-purpose cruise building with 8 storeys. Construction started in the summer of 2016 and the building became operational in the summer of 2018.

The bottom two floors have a cruise and reception function: check-in, luggage handling, waiting rooms, luggage and passenger scanning, border inspection, shopping, tourist information, art and the organisation of events. The adjacent parking serves to smoothly distribute the passenger flows over excursion busses and taxis. The middle floors constitute the headquarters of Artes Depret. The top floor houses a restaurant with a panoramic view of the port and a new visitor centre for the port of Zeebrugge. 

Zeebrugge Cruise facts

Language in Zeebrugge
The language in Zeebrugge is Dutch and French, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Zeebrugge
The currency in Zeebrugge is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Zeebrugge
Opening times differ a lot around Belgium, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.00h - 18.00h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Zeebrugge

When on a cruise to Zeebrugge, a lot of people choose to visit the medieval town of Bruges. But if you prefer to stay in the vicinity of port, there are some small but interesting sites nearby. You can spend a couple of hours to half a day.

  • Old fishing port

    The former fishing port. You can find fish restaurants and fish shops.

  • Seafront

    Maritime theme park. A real Russian submarine and the former lightship West-Hinder can be visited.

  • Zeebrugge Beach

    One of the widest beaches along the Belgian Coast. It's perfect for long walks. It has lots of typical beach cabins and playgrounds for kids.

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Getting around in Zeebrugge

It's easy to reach the center of Zeebrugge from the cruise port. First take the free shuttle bus from your cruise ship to the exit of the port. From there you can walk to the beach of Zeebrugge. Or you can take the kusttram (=coastal tram).

Shore excursions around Zeebrugge

Zeebrugge offers a lot of possibilities. You can stay in Zeebrugge to explore the city and beach or go to the nearby Blankenberge. You can easily go there by tram or taxi. Most cruise passengers opt for a day excursion to Bruges. You can go on your own by train from Zeebrugge or Blankenberge to Bruges. From the train station in Bruges you have good and frequent connections to Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp.

Weather in Zeebrugge

Zeebrugge has a cold rainy climate with cold winters and cool summers. The average annual temperature in Zeebrugge in summer is between 17°C and 22°C and in winter between 3°C and 8°C.

Zeebrugge Tourist information

You can find a Tourist Office kiosk at Zeebrugge Beach.

Cruises to Zeebrugge

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Zeebrugge:

AIDA, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Fred Olsen, HAL, Marella, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean, RSSC, Saga, Seabourn, Silversea, TUI