Ghent is only 45 minutes from the international airport of Zaventem ‘Brussel Airport’, where flights arrive from and depart to more than 70 destinations.
All Airlines operating in Zaventem Brussel Airport is listed here.
FROM THE AIRPORT TO GHENT
On the lowest level you will find the airport’s own railway station, Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven, accessible by lift and escalator from the arrivals hall. There are several connections to Ghent.
Brussels South/Charleroi airport is 70 minutes from Ghent. There are more than 20 bus connections from the airport to the capital every day. From there frequent train connections to Ghent are available. There are also bus connections from the airport to Charleroi-Sud railway station. Trains for Ghent can also be boarded there. A ticket that combines the bus and train services can be purchased at the Airport Ticket Desk.
The other Belgian airports (Ostend, Antwerp and Liège) receive flights from various European cities and have easy direct connections to Ghent.
Ghent is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities and is only half an hour from Brussels South Station.
The two main stations in Ghent are:
- Gent-Sint-Pieters Station
From here tram no. 1 will take you direct to the city centre, temporary stop ‘Korenmarkt’
Visitors arriving in Ghent by train at the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station can browse information at a digital 3D information point.
From here, buses 3, 17, 18, 38 and 39 will also take you direct to the city, stop ‘Korenmarkt’.
From Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station you can reach the station Brussel Zuid in half an hour (by ‘IC’ Inter City or ‘IR’ InterRegio train). Here the Eurostar and Thalys high-speed trains can rush you to Paris (1½ hours) and London, Amsterdam or Cologne (2½ hours).
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 center 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. As soon as you enter the city, the digital signs of the P Route parking guidance system will quickly and conveniently direct you to the parking facility of your choice. If you wish to enter a pedestrian zone with a motorised vehicle between 11 am and 6 pm you will need a permit to avoid getting a fine. Parking on public property in a pedestrian zone is not permitted.
A new parking system is in force in the Ghent city centre, both above and below ground.
From now on, parking in the red zone is limited to maximum three hours during the day. Parking between 7 p.m. and midnight is allowed for a maximum of five hours.
The rates at the underground car parks vary, as the ‘mixed-use car parks’ (Ramen, Sint-Pietersplein, Savaanstraat and Tolhuis) have different prices from the ‘rotation car parks’ (Sint-Michiels, Reep and Vrijdagmarkt). Please find more information here.
There is a choice of international bus lines connecting Ghent with other European cities. These companies – Eurolines and Flixbus – provide bus journeys to over 500 European destinations on a daily basis. Please find the routes and buy the tickets on the Eurolines website or on the Flixbus website.