Ghent is the capital of the province East-Flanders. The spoken language is Dutch, but many people will speak English as their second or third language. It is a city where past and present co-exist. Walking trough the city with it’s scenic canals feels like traveling trough the past. The city is filled with ancient and modern culture.
Motorized vehicles are banned in a large part of the city. However, Ghent has an extensive network of public transport lines. Ghent also has the largest designated cyclist area in Europe, with nearly 400 kilometres (250 mi) of cycle paths and more than 700 one-way streets, where bikes are allowed to go against the traffic.
How to travel to Ghent
There are trains to Ghent running from almost all major Belgian cities. Brussels is only 40 minutes away, Bruges only 25. Antwerpen is about 50minutes away from Ghent by train. For more information about the trains in Belgium, check the Belgian Public Transport guide: http://belgiumtravel.info/en/belgium-public-transport-guide/
Finding Accommodation in Ghent
Ghent Tourist Map
Sightseeing in Ghent
Traveling on a tight budget or not, sightseeing and exploring the historical city center is probably the best way to spend your time in Ghent. Don’t want to explore the city alone? No problem, you can always join a free daily walking tour. More information: http://gentfreewalkingtours.com/
Things you should see during your visit:
The Graslei and Korenlei
Sint Baafs Cathedral
Getting around in Ghent
The busses and tram lines in Ghent are operated by De Lijn. Single Tickets cost 3€ and are valid for 60minutes. Within this time period you can change lines unlimited. After the 60 minutes you can continue your ride towards your destination. If you need to change lines again, you need to buy a new ticket.
For more information about the busses and trams in Flanders check the Belgian Public Transport guide: http://belgiumtravel.info/en/belgium-public-transport-guide/#flanders
Car Parking in Ghent
Finding a good parking space in Ghent can be a challenge. Parking on the streets or in an underground parking space can be very expensive and is not always possible for long term.
Travelers by car are advised to park their car outside the city on one of the free P&R’s, which have excellent connection with public transport. If you’re booking a hotel in Ghent it’s advised to search a hotel with parking spaces, or one that’s located in the orange or green parking zone.