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Green Holidays in Belgium

Although the centre of the European Union is justly famed for its cuisine and beer, there's much more to Belgium than chocolate and moules frites. A long, sandy coast and lovely rolling countryside that brings together a wealth of cultures, including the two great French and Flemish halves of the country collectively add to a heady mix for the visitor to enjoy.

Home to some of Europe's most dynamic cities - from lovely, historic Bruges and Ghent to the fashion and shopping hub of (green) Antwerp and European Capital of Brussels, Belgium has something for everyone, and we feature a great range of holidays and places to stay - all within easy reach of Britain by train or ferry.

Only a couple of hours from St Pancras by Eurostar, you can travel onwards to any destination in Belgium by train for free from Brussels - find out how to travel from the UK to Belgium by train using our journey planner.

Browse our selection of great green holidays in Belgium. A wonderful city break in Bruges, a relaxing stay in a home stay houseboat in Ghent  and a chance to enjoy lovely hospitality at a friendly bed and breakfast in a historic townhouse near a quaint village in the region of Haspengouw are just a few of the many green holiday options featured below.

Featured places to stay in Belgium

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How to travel by ferry or train to Belgium


Our rail journey planner gives you detailed information on how to take the train from London to Belgium, such as where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. If you are interested in the journeys below, please follow the links to find out more:

Train from London to Antwerp
Train from London to Bruges
Train from London to Brussels
Train from London to Ghent

A Belgian Train crossing the landscape.A Belgian Train crossing the landscape.


For travelling by ferry our journey planner provides indepth information on how to take the ferry from the UK to Belgium. where to change, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys: 

Ferry from Ramsgate to Ostend
Ferry from Rosyth to Zeebrugge
Ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge

 

A Ferry leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium.A Ferry leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium.

More places to stay in Belgium

Klaas and Marijke welcome you in their B&B De Groene Maan in Mechelen Belgium

De Groene Maan B&B, Mechelen, Belgium

An elegant 19th century townhouse, lovingly restored to the highest eco standards in the centre of Mechelen and only 30 mins by train from Brussels. Take a tour around the historic sights and surrounding countryside on one of the free bikes.
2: 1 double + 1 single, 1 double

Room nr 1: € 75 (1 person), € 85 (2 persons), € 125 (3 persons). room nr 2: € 60 (1 person), € 70 (2 persons). a reduction of 10 % from the third night. Children - 2: for free, children -12: € 20

Interior main staircase of Sleep Well Hostel

Sleep Well Hostel, Brussels, Belgium

Sleep Well is a hostel that offers maximum comfort at minimum prices, with a range of room types from dorms to 'luxe' private rooms. It holds a Two-star Ecodynamic Enterprise label for initiatives such as 100% renewable electricity.
240 beds, ranging from dorm beds to private rooms

Dorm beds from 23.50 euros; private double room 73 euros

Exterior of Aloft Brussels Schuman

Aloft Brussels Schuman, Brussels, Belgium

Just minutes from the city centre, this modern hotel is aimed at a younger, socially connected, urban audience, with free wifi, a lively bar and a gym. It’s also Green Key certified, with electricity supplied from renewable sources.
147 rooms

From 189 euros for a double room

View looking up at the clear ceiling of the Radisson Blu hotel atrium

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

For those who like to enjoy all the comforts of a luxurious five-star hotel whilst resting assured that they are helping to protect the environment. This hotel is energy efficient and has an extensive recycling and charity donation program.
281 rooms

From 191.20 euros for a double room

Housestories, Brussels, Belgium

These five stylish Art Deco apartments feature an interesting mix of modern and vintage furniture. But behind the eye-catching interior, everything has been designed with the environment in mind, including solar panels and a ground-source heat pump.
Made up of five apartments

From 420 euros per week

A quiet and natural place to be in Hannut

In Motion B&B, Haspengouw, Belgium

A welcoming, peaceful bed & breakfast in a converted farmhouse near a picturesque village in Haspengouw, Belgium - only 45 mins by train from Brussels. Relax, explore the surrounding countryside and savour the organic breakfast or dinner.
3: 2 doubes, 1 double, 1 single & 1 double

big garett: €87/night - little garett: €67/night - gîte or self-cateringappartment: €75/night ask prices for longer stay

Interior of Hotel Silken Berlaymont

Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Brussels, Belgium

This comfortable hotel holds a three-star Ecodynamic Enterprise label for its water and energy conservation efforts, and offers cycling tours of the city. Don’t miss the photography exhibitions showcasing work by up and coming artists.
214 rooms

Double rooms from 160.65 euros

More holidays in Belgium

Treat yourself to some local goodies at the Xmas market

Bruges Christmas Market

The medieval city of Bruges is a magical setting for your Christmas shopping. Wrap up warm, walk beside the canals and along cobbled streets, and explore Bruges' Christmas market stalls. Pick up last minute gifts and speed round the ice-rink.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Bruges Christmas Markets by First Class Rail

Bruges Christmas Markets by First Class Rail

Explore one of Europe's top Christmas markets during this 4-day, self-guided, 1st class train journey for this festive break to Bruges, where you can wander the festive sweet-scented market stalls and revel in the city's medieval history.

From £375 per person (based on two people travelling together)

Tailor-made to suit specific requirements
Tailor made to your specific requirements from late November to late December
Visitors browsing shops and getting together at Christmas market

Brussels Christmas Market

Between the Bourse and the Fish Market are over 240 chalets with festive goodies and local food and drink specialities. Whizz around the 60 metre ice rink, look up to the huge Christmas tree and enjoy the nightly sound and light show in Grand Place.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
The magnificent tree in the middle of the Christmas market

Antwerp Christmas Market

Visit Antwerp's Christmas market in front of the cathedral. Warm up with some mulled wine, stock up on Christmas tree decorations and listen to carols. Buy unique handcrafted gifts and local speciality food and drink.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Bruges canal taken by Beespoke Tours

Cycling Tour from London to Bruges with Beespoke Tours

Discover why Belgium is so much more than chips and Trappist beer (without striking those off the list either!) cycling through the beautiful Essex countryside and along the famous dutch dykes to arrive in the fascinating medieval city of Bruges.

£750

4
1 May to 1 October
Feeling festive at Christmas with xmas tree and decorations

Ghent Christmas Market

Every year Sint-Baafsplein is transformed into Ghent's festive Christmas village. Fifty wooden huts will be offering Christmas goodies including decorations, cards, candles and more. Sing along with the carol singers.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Traditional and historic Bruges

Bruges and Brussels by Train

A contrasting twin centre break combining the buzzing city of Brussels and the slow pace of life in the beautiful medieval city of Bruges.

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5 days
Daily
The spectacular Grand Place in Brussels

Brussels, Ypres and Lille by Train

The perfect trip for anyone with an interest in European history, taking in the medieval splendour and elegant turn of the century architecture of Brussels, Ypres' First World War battlefields and flemish-flavoured Lille in Northern France.

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5 days
Daily