Ghent travel guide

Ghent travel guide

Ghent (Gent in dutch) is the capital of the province East-Flanders.

The city is packed with history, art and culture. Walking along the scenic canals feels like traveling trough the past. But don’t get the wrong impression, Ghent is also a thriving modern and innovative city.

Located right between Brussels (60km) and Bruges (50km), there’s hardly no excuse to include it into your trip.

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.


Travel to Ghent:

Trains 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:

Visit Ghent by Car:

Since motorized vehicles are banned in the city centre, it is best to park your car at one of the many Park & Rides on the outskirts of the city and use the free shuttle busses from there.

Car travelers who wish to spend the night in Ghent should always inform about the traffic restrictions and parking possibilities of their accommodation.

Discover 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:

Ghent Tourist Map

The map below features most of Ghents popular things to see and do. You can save it to your google maps account for later use on your smartphone.

Getting around in Ghent

The historic city centre of Ghent can be easily explored on foot and is very pedestrian friendly.

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:

Ghent Tours, excursions & activities