Traveling to Ghent
Detailed information on how to get to Ghent can be found on the visitgent page.
Ghent can be easily reached by train from Paris, London, Köln, Amsterdam, Geneva and other major cities in western Europe. International trains stop at Brussel-Zuid/Bruxells-Midi or Antwerpen-Centraal from which a direct train connection to Gent-Sint-Pieters (up to 4 trains per hour) can be taken. Take a look at the Raileurope page for your international connection.
Ghent is located about 65km west of the international airport in Zaventem Brussels Airport.
From the airport, Ghent is easily reachable by train, leaving directly from the airport's own railway station, Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven.
The station is located on basement level -1 of the terminal, and is easily reached from the arrivals hall (2nd floor) or departures hall (3rd floor) using the lift or escalator.
Train tickets to Ghent (station Gent-Sint-Pieters) can be bought at the desk or vending machines in the railway station. There is a direct train ride from Brussels Airport to Gent every hour at xx:03 which takes about 55 minutes.
Taxi service is also available but not always recommended due to the high cost and possible traffic jams during rush hours (between 6.30-10.30 and 15.30-20.00).
Ghent is located on the intersection of two major European motorways: the E17 connects Northern Europe to the South, and the E40 runs from the North Sea right across to Eastern Europe.
From the E17 you take the "Gent Centrum" turnoff. On the E40, from the motorway intersection in Zwijnaarde you first follow "Antwerpen" (E17) and then take the "Gent Centrum" turnoff.
The centre of the city of Ghent is a pedestrian area. The P-route leads you to the various car parks that give access to the city centre.