How to get here
Brussels South-Charleroi Airport – Belgium’s second international airport – is approximately 90 minutes from Ghent. There are several bus connections from the airport to Brussels and Ghent. For Brussels, the easiest way is to book the Brussels City Shuttle. A handy company for Ghent is Flibco Shuttles. Train connections to Ghent depart from the main train station of Charleroi (Charleroi-Sud) and not from the airport itself. The airport is connected with Charleroi-Sud with a shuttle service from TEC company (line A).
Ghent is very accessible from all major Belgian and European cities and is only half an hour away from Brussel’s international train station, Brussels South Station, where direct and high-speed connections are available to Paris (90 minutes) London, Amsterdam and Cologne (150 minutes) through the Eurostar and Thalys hubs.
Ghent has two main train stations: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent Dampoort. From Sint-Pieters, you can take Tram 1 to the city centre (stop ‘Korenmarkt’); from Dampoort, Buses 3, 17, 18, 38 and 39 will take you to the centre too (stop ‘Korenmarkt’).
Ghent is also reachable by international bus services, such as Eurolines, which runs daily coach services to more than 500 destinations in Europe, including Ghent.
Two major European motorways pass though Ghent. The E17 connects Northern and Southern Europe; the E40 runs from the North Sea across Belgium to Eastern Europe. On the E17, you can simply take the exit ‘Gent Centrum’. On the E40, from the motorway intersection in Zwijnaarde, you first need to follow the direction ‘Antwerpen’ (E17) and then take the ‘Gent centrum’ exit. Please keep in mind that the historical medieval centre of the city is a dominantly pedestrian area, but several parking lots are available in the immediate surroundings.