Velo-city 2024
Ghent
18-21 June 2024

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How to reach Ghent

With excellent connections to several international transport hubs and an outstanding cycling network, it is easy to reach Ghent in a fast, convenient and sustainable way.

By bike - from abroad

Belgium is intersected by five of EuroVelo’s long distance cycle routes, totaling up to more than 1000 km of cycling paths across the country. These EuroVelo routes will take you almost all the way to Ghent:

 

EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea (Francigena) 

EuroVelo 5 follows an ancient pilgrimage route, traversing seven countries in 2,300 km. Alongside historic cathedrals and pilgrimage sites, the route takes you through the political centres of modern Europe, including Brussels, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg.

 

 
 

 

EuroVelo 4 - Central Europe Route 

EuroVelo 4 spans the entire with of the continent, crossing through seven countries and showcasing 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along its 5,100 km journey. From coastal views to medival architecture, the route ensures an ever-changing landscape.

 

 
 

 

EuroVelo 12 – North Sea Cycle Route 

1 sea, 6 countries, 18 UNESCO sites, 7,250 km and innumerable breathtaking views. EuroVelo 12 leads you through the various landscapes along the North Sea, passing through old fishing villages, bustling harbour cities and popular surfing spots.

 

 
 

 

 

In this blog article, you can learn more about reaching Ghent via these routes. 

 

By bike - from Belgium

Belgium’s outstanding cycle node network makes it easy to plan your route to Ghent from anywhere else in the country or even from across the border in the Netherlands or Germany. You can select one of the existing routes or create one yourself. 

 

If you don’t have much time and are looking for the most efficient route, try using the cycle route planner by the city of Ghent where you can view the cycle highways that provide a fast and safe route into the city.

Connect through Strava

Interested in cycling with fellow Velo-city attendees? Join our Strava Club! On the club page, you can propose a journey, find companions and share your rides with the Velo-city community. Additionally, you'll find various routes to Ghent as well as the technical tours and route for the bike parade. 

By train

Ghent has two railway stations: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort. The main station Gent-Sint-Pieters station is well connected with all Belgian cities and only 1 km away from the conference venue. To reach the city centre where most hotels are located, you can take the tram line 1 or 3 which departs from Gent-Sint-Pieters every 10 minutes, or enjoy a 20 minute walk. From Gent-Dampoort, the city centre is only a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bus trip away.

 

If you travel via the European high-speed train network, you have the option to switch to a train bound for Gent-Sint-Pieters at the stations of Brussels-South, Antwerp, or Lille (France). Check this video for a detailed description on how to reach Ghent from the Brussels-South railway station.

 

Up to date information and tickets can be found on the website of the national railway 

 

By car

Ghent can be reached via the European motorways E17 and E40. If you're coming from the E17, simply take the "Gent Centrum" exit. If you're arriving via the E40, first head towards Antwerp at the cloverleaf interchange, which will guide you onto the E17. From there, you'll also find the exit for "Gent Centrum".   

 

The city centre of Ghent has implemented a low emission zone. Don’t forget to check whether your vehicle meets the criteria for entering the zone and register your number plate to avoid a fine. If you don’t have a Belgian or Dutch number plate, you should ALWAYS register it. Check and register here

By plane

While Ghent doesn't have its own airport, it is easily accessible from the two main airports in Belgium: Brussels Airport Zaventem and Brussels South Charlerloi.


Brussels Airport Zaventem
There is a shuttle bus and direct train connection from Brussels Airport to the main railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters, which is only 1 km away from the conference centre. The railway station is situated beneath the airport and can be reached via the lifts and escalators in the arrivals hall. This video gives a detailed explanation on how to get to Ghent from Brussels Airport Zaventem.

 

Are you coming by plane and do you bring your bike along? Look for the Bike Assembly Point at the exit of the airport, where you can comfortably assemble your bicycle.

 

Brussels South Charlerloi airport
From Brussels South Charleroi Airport, there is a shuttle bus service to Bruges via Ghent. This bus will take you directly to the main railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters which is only 1 km away from the conference centre

 

Other airports
Train connections are also excellent from other Belgian cities with international airports, such as Ostend, Antwerp, and Liege. If you fly to Schiphol Airport, you can book a Eurostar train to Antwerp and then transfer to a train bound for Ghent, which is about a two hour long journey in total. 

Getting around in Ghent

 

The city centre is car-free so walking or cycling is really the best way to get around there. Bicycles are provided by the city of Ghent for all Velo-city attendees. Find the practical details of getting your bicycle here.

 

Buses and trams are also ideal for reaching any part of the city. Consult the route planner to find the easiest route by public transport. Tickets can be bought at the Lijnwinkel, located at the Gent-Sint-Pieters station and Korenmarkt, or a machine at bus and tram stops. It is also possible to check in with your debit card.