Travel information

Transportation

By air

The main Belgian airport is Brussels-National Airport, located in Zaventem near Brussels, about 60 km from Ghent. The easiest way to travel from the airport to Ghent is by train.

For flight details, connections and local transportation from the airport please check the airport's website: http://www.brusselsairport.be.

For budget airlines see http://www.charleroi-airport.com/nl/brussels-south-charleroi-airport/. Charleroi airport, also called Brussels South Airport, is one of the smaller airports located somewhat 60km from Brussels.

By train

Belgium has an extensive railway system. The majority of the international lines pass through Brussels from which you have good connections to Ghent. Thalys is the high-speed train that takes you to Paris, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, etc. Eurostar is the high-speed train that goes from Brussels to London. For more information please check the Belgian National Railways'

website: http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/.

How to reach Ghent University by train

Arriving at Brussels Airport

The airport City Express leaves from within the airport building (floor -2) and takes you to one of the main stations in Brussels (subsequently Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi).
Here you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Some trains run directly from the airport to "Gent-Sint-Pieters".

Arriving at Charleroi Airport

On arrival at the airport take the direct bus (bus A) which will bring you to the train station Charleroi-Sud in about 20 minutes. Here you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent). Some trains run directly from the airport to "Gent-Sint-Pieters".

Apparently the most fast, efficient and low-cost way to journey from Charleroi is buying a ticket "billet bulk" at the airport. The price of the ticket should include the bus transfer and also the train from Charleroi-Sud to 'Gent-Sint-Pieters'.

Arriving by train in Brussels

Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Ghent is on the crossroads of the international lines "London - Brussel - Köln" and "Paris - Lille - Antwerpen"

Information on timetables and prices: http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/.