Backpacking in Belgium is an excellent way to travel around and explore the country on a low budget. Thanks to the sheer size of the country and extended railway network, you can easily travel to most destinations within 2 hours.
Include Belgium to your Europe Rail Trip:
With the Interrail pass (for EU citizens) or Eurail pass (for non EU Citizens) you can travel all across Europe by train, so why not include Belgium on your trip? It’s right between Paris and Amsterdam.
When traveling in Belgium by train you can buy a Belgian Rail Pass for 76€ which is valid for 10 travels across Belgium. You can share it with multiple people. If you’re under 26, you can buy a Go Pass 1 for 6€ that will bring you to any destination in Belgium. You can also get a Go Pass for 10 trips at the price of 52€. During the Belgian school vacations you can even get a special Go Unlimited Pass, allowing you to travel all across Belgium for 15€ for the entire week !!
Hostels in Belgium:
Hostels can be found in all major travel destinations such as Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp, Mechelen and Leuven. Prices for a bed in a dorm room start around 16€. You can find cheap hostels in Belgium on Hostelworld.com, Flemish Youth Hostels and Hosteling International
Other Cheap accommodation in Belgium:
The Ibis Budget Hotels are probably the cheapest hotels in Belgium you will find. They have a reputation of being basic, but modern and clean. Prices will start from around 45€ for a room per night. Other cheap hotel rooms start at lowest around 50€ up to 75€. B&B’s tend to be more expensive.
Cities you should definitely visit:
Bruges is an absolute must-see for everybody who visits Belgium. It’s a beautiful old city with idyllic canals and lots of historical building.
Ghent has a rich variety of beautiful canals, historic buildings, and museums to offer whilst being a modern lively and vibrant city.
Antwerp is home of the biggest port in Europe and the most dense populated city in Flanders. The city is a vibrant mix between art, culture and trendy places to go out eating, drinking or shopping.
Mechelen is smaller then the cities listed above, yet still rich in history and culture.
Leuven completes the list of Flanders top 5 art and culture cities.