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Arriving in Belgium
Getting around

Arriving in Belgium: 

By air
The international airport in Belgium is situated in Zaventem, near Brussels. From the airport, it is possible to take the train to Ghent. You will have to buy a ticket to Gent - St.Pieters station. This will cost you € 8.80 (prices are subject to change). It is possible that you will have to change trains in Brussels. You can look for your exact train journey on or you can ask it at the counter in the train station of the airport.

Another airport in Belgium is situated in Charlerloi. More than 20 times per day, a shuttle bus service is scheduled between Charlerloi and Brussels South (Zuid/Midi)railway station. The buses leave outside the airport, close to the bus parking.

For a single one way ticket you will pay € 10.50 (price are subject to change), you can buy it inside of the bus. Please take a look at the time schedule of the buses on or ask for more information at the counter. From Brussels South station, it is possible to travel by train to Ghent. Buy a ticket to Gent – St.Pieters.

If you are younger than 26 and planning on travelling by train frequently, it is more interesting to buy a GO Pass. This pass allows you (and others) 10 rides to a destination of your choice, for a total price of € 46, so € 4.6 per ride.
If you are older than 26, you can use the RAIL Pass, this card gives the same benefits as a GO Pass, but it will cost you € 65.
For more info go to or go to the counter of a train station.

By car
If you decide to come by car, you will find Ghent at the crossroads of 2 big motorways:
o E17 connecting Lisbon, Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Köln, Copenhagen, Stockholm
o E40, connecting London, Calais, Ghent, Brussels, Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Sophia, Istanbul.
The Ghent city centre is a pedestrian zone, so no cars are allowed. All student residences
have enough free parking spaces in the immediate surroundings.

Getting around:

ImageBuses and trams
There are buses and trams of “De Lijn” that will bring you everywhere between 05.00 and 23.00. There are even free night buses in the weekend.
Tickets are €1,50 on the vehicle, but if you buy them in advance in a supermarket or stationery they are € 1,20.
It is up to 50 % cheaper if you buy a “lijnkaart”, a ticket for several rides, which is also cheaper if you buy it in advance.

There are also special tariffs for students below 25, the so-called ‘Buzzy Pass’:
1 month: € 20,30
3months: € 56
Valid all over Flanders (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp,…), day and night!

For more information:
Tel : +32 (0) 9 210 94 91
Monday - Sunday: 6.00 - 23.00

Or go to the ticket office of De Lijn at:
o Sint-Pietersstation
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 7.00 to 18.00
o Woodrow Wilson square
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 11.00 to 18.00
o Korenmarkt
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 7.00 to 19.00

Railway stations
o Sint-Pietersstation (trains leaving for every destination)
Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein 1
B-9000 Ghent
Tel. +32 (0) 9 222 44 44
Fax +32 (0) 9 241 22 07
Daily: 7.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Tel: +32 (0)2 555 25 55 (national railway traffic)
Tel: +32 (0)2 528 28 28 (international railway traffic)
o Station Gent-Dampoort (trains leaving for Antwerp)
Oktrooiplein 10
B-9000 Ghent
Tel: +32 (0) 9 241 31 08
Mon- Sat.: 6.05 - 21.10 and Sun. 6.50 - 21.10

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