How to get to Ghent

Ghent is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province as well as the second largest municipality in Belgium. Situated at the heart of Flanders, Ghent is only 55 km to the west of Brussels and very easily accessible by all kinds of transportation.

As we are putting a lot of effort in trying to make our Conference as environmentally friendly as possible, we would like to encourage you to make the most sustainable choice for your travels to and from Ghent. Wherever possible, please opt for public transport, such as bus and train services instead of flying or taking a private car.
By Train

Ghent is very accessible by train from all major Belgian and European cities i.e. Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp with no more than 30-45 minutes and Paris (2 hrs), London and Amsterdam (3 hrs) in no time. There are two main stations in Ghent: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort

If you plan to travel by train, NMBS/SNCB can provide a cheaper journey for you.

NMBS/SNCB is a national railway company of Belgium. They offer a wide range of international trains such as Thalys, Eurostar, ICE, TGV® and InterCity. Compare prices, book tickets and manage your train bookings on 1 central platform with an easy-to-use booking system (free registration).

By Bus

If you travel from a nearby city, buses are a good option to consider:

1. De Lijn is a company run by the Flemish government in Belgium to provide public transportation with about 2240 buses and 399 trams. De Lijn is close to its passengers and offers an extensive range of sustainable and high-quality transport solutions in which safety, reliability and efficiency are central.

2. Flixbus offers intercity bus service in various European countries. They offer low cost bus travel in Europe with up to 300,000 daily connections to over 2,000 destinations in 28 countries. Free Wi-fi and plug sockets are also available on each one of the buses.

3. Flibco offers a personalized transportation service allowing you to reach Ghent from the main European airports. With the shuttle bus option, a shuttle picks you up or brings you to one of the numerous flibco stops.

 

By Plane

If plane option is the only viable way for you to get to Ghent, one of the easiest ways you can offset their carbon footprint is to select an eco-friendly airline. Look for a carrier that uses sustainable aviation biofuel such as United, Qantas, and KLM and fly direct when possible.

Please note that Ghent does not have an airport of its own but please don’t be worried! It is easy to reach Ghent from the two main airports in Belgium: Brussels International Airport (BRU) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL/EBCI).

Fortunately, Ghent is only 30-45-minutes away from Brussels International Airport by train. We recommend you to take the airport train at level -1 at the terminal. No less than 4 trains an hour will take you from the airport to Ghent directly.

If you are from Brussels South Charleroi Airport, it is a 70 minutes drive away from Ghent. There are shuttle buses available from Charleroi Airport to Ghent. 

 

By Car

We do not encourage you to come to Ghent by a private car; however, if it is the only possible option you could have, here are some tips for more sustainable driving:

  1. Check your tires and tire pressure regularly
  2. Reduce your AC consumption in the car
  3. Carpooling with other GhentMUN participants

If you decide to come by car, you will find Ghent at the crossroads of two large motorways:

  • E17 connecting Lisbon, Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Köln, Copenhagen, Stockholm;
  • E40 connecting Calais, Ghent, Brussels, Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Sophia, Istanbul.

However, please be reminded that Ghent’s city centre is a pedestrian zone, so it is forbidden for cars to drive through on some streets. If you come by car, follow the P-route which leads you straight into one of the underground car parks spread over the city and all are are open 24/7.