To get to Ieper (Ypres) you have to change a few imes because it is off the main track. It costs about €10 from Bruges.
When I arrived it was grey and overcast. As soon as saw the top of the Cloth Hall over the other buildings I instinctively knew what it was. The information centre is inside. They are very helpful and will show you how to get to all the sites.
I’d arrived by noon so I headed to the campsite at the Jeugstadion. The maps are not all clear – the best way is to go to the Menin Gate, turn left/south, then walk about 600m. Turn right when you see a children’s playground and take the path past the confidence course. There is a building with 24 hour automated check-in. Reception is only open 9-12 and 4-5.30. This was bad for me because the toilets needed either a key card or a code, and the machine had spat a card at me that didn’t work. I nearly died, but there were plenty of bushes nearby.
The campsite is very cheap (€6.50/night) but all you get is a site – not even access to a shower! If you’re in a group of 4 the hiker huts would be excellent value at €37/night.
I headed back to the city centre and the In Flanders Field Museum.