Traveling to Ghent

We look forward to welcoming you in our hometown! "Ghent remains small enough to feel cosy but big enough to be a vibrant, relevant centre for trade and culture," Lonely Planet wrote on their website. We couldn't have said it better ourselves. On this page we've collected all the practical info you need to travel to Ghent.

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Transport

Ghent does not have its own airport, but is fairly easy to reach from the two main airports of Belgium: Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

From Brussels Airport to Ghent
Ghent is approximately 45 minutes away from Brussels Airport, Belgium's national airport in Zaventem. The airport has its own railway station, Brussels-Airport-Zaventem, which offers a direct connection to Ghent (station Gent-Sint-Pieters). The railway station is situated beneath the airport and can be reached via the lifts and escalators in the arrivals hall.

From Brussels South Charleroi airport to Ghent
Brussels South Charleroi airport is a 70 minute drive from Ghent. A shuttle bus drives from the airport of Charleroi to Bruges via Ghent nine times a day. The bus will take you to the railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters. The bus stops at the back of the station so you’ll need to go to the front of the station in order to continue your journey.

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Public transport

From Gent-Sint-Pieters station to WATT The Firms

When you are at the front of the station, by the main entrance, you’ll find a line of cabs right outside. It’s a 10 to 15 minute drive to WATT, depending on the traffic.

You can also go by tram or bus. There are many options depending on the time you want to take the tram or bus. Tram 1 and 4 will get you to WATT, as well as bus 65, 67, 9, 15, 16… Both by tram and bus it takes about 20 minutes to get to WATT. 

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By car

You can park underground in ‘Parking Indigo Gent Watt’, very close to WATT The Firms. A day ticket costs 4 euros. Please note that it’s a small parking lot with a limited number of parking spaces. Parking is also possible on the street. This amounts to ... euros for 1 day. 

ATTENTION: Check your car! 

Ghent has made a commitment to become more environmentally friendly. In order to improve air quality, the most polluting vehicles are no longer allowed to enter the city center of Ghent. This ‘Low Emission Zone’ (LEZ) is the area enclosed by the ring road, including WATT. Check here if your car can enter the city center.

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Via physical effort

From Gent-Sint-Pieters station to WATT The Firms

At last, of course, there is the active way of traveling. By foot it’s a beautiful city walk of 2.6 km (32 min. walk) along the Ghent waterways.

You can also rent a bike at the station, for multiple days even, with the Donkey Republic app (only pay as you ride option) or with Blue Bike.

You can drop off a Donkey Republic bike in any available drop-off location, the Blue Bike has to be returned to its original location.

Accomodation

There are many options to stay in Ghent. We selected a few hotels near the Summit location WATT The Firms (Nieuwewandeling 62) and a few hotels that are closer to the city center area.

Here are some hotels you might know, located closer to the city center:

And 2 brand new hotels in the city center: 

You can also check for yourself on the website of Visit Gent.

Food & drinks

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Love great food?

You’re in luck. Ghent is the place to be for the good life and for great food.

Check out the local specialties, the world cuisine restaurants, the food markets, or just some cool pubs and bars: https://visit.gent.be/en/eat-drink.

Experience Ghent to the fullest

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A city worth exploring

Are you staying a few days longer to visit the vibrant city of Ghent? Ghent offers you a quirky, fascinating cultural cocktail brimming with rich history, culture and a trendy city vibe.

We can’t explain it better than the city does itself. We hope you get to enjoy Ghent as much as we do.

But don’t forget: we've got some activities planned for you as well. Check out the program

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