Belgium’s international airport is situated in Brussels (http://www.brusselsairport.be). From Brussels Airport it is possible to travel by train (http://www.b-rail.be) to Ghent. In the airport, follow the signs to the train station, which is below ground level. Buy a ticket (also possible online) for Ghent-St-Pieters station at the counter in the train station of the airport or at one of the ticketing machines. The price for a single fare (Brussels Airport – Ghent-St-Pieters) is about €15 (Diabolo surcharge included). You can board the direct train to Ghent or you can take the shuttle train to Brussels Central Station, which runs every 15 minutes. There, you can change to a train to Ghent. From Ghent-St-Pieters station, you can take several busses and trams to the centre of Ghent.
Another airport is Charleroi Brussels South International airport (http://www.charleroi-airport.com). If you have the choice between Brussels International and Charleroi Brussels South, Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is according to us the best option, as there are better train connections with Ghent there (cfr. infra). When coming from Charleroi Brussels South International Airport, you have essentially two options to travel to Ghent: take a shuttle bus to Bruxelles-Midi (Brussels South) and catch a train to Ghent Sint Pieters from there (http://www.b-rail.be), or take bus A to Charleroi railway station:
- The Brussels City Shuttle can be found directly outside the terminal, leaves every 30 minutes and the €13 ticket can be purchased online in advance, from the driver, or via one of the streetside vending machines. From Zuid/Midi station it is possible to travel by train (http://www.b-rail.be) to Ghent. Buy a ticket for Ghent-St-Pieters station in the train station or online in advance. The price for a single fare (Brussels Zuid/Midi station – Ghent-St-Pieters) is € 8,90.
- Those opting for Charleroi’s train station first take bus A to Charleroi railway station, subsequently take a train to Brussels Zuid/Midi station and change trains there to Ghent-Sint-Pieters. The price for a single ticket (Charleroi-South-Airport to Ghent Sint-Pieters, bus A included) is €20.50; the ticket can be purchased in advance online (https://www.belgianrail.be) or at one of the streetside vending machines.
Other close airports: Antwerp Airport (http://www.antwerpairport.be), Ostend Airport (http://www.ost.aero), Liege Airport (http://www.liegeairport.com), Lille Airport in France (http://www.lille.aeroport.fr),…
By train from airport
If you want to travel to Belgium by train, you can find all travel information and purchase tickets via https://www.b-europe.com/Travel. Choose ‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’ as your destination.
By car from airport
If you decide to come by car, you will find Ghent at the crossroads of 2 big motorways, E17 and E40. Choose exit “Gent” and first follow the direction “Gent-Centrum”, after which you follow “other directions”. Nearby the conference venue, which is situated in the middle of the old city centre, there is an underground parking lot, de ‘Vrijdagmarkt’ parking (P1, €11/day). For more information on parking in Ghent, consult http://www.mobiliteitgent.be/met-de-auto. Beware: the old city centre is not really car-friendly.
If you’re planning to travel by bus or coach, you can contact Eurolines (http://www.eurolines.be). The bus stop at Koningin Elisabethlaan 73 is near the Ghent-St-Pieters train station.
Bus in Ghent
- From station Gent St-Pieters:
tram 1 (every 6 minutes) or tram 21 (every 10 minutes). Exit at Korenmarkt.
- From Gent Zuid:
tram 4 (every 6 minutes), tram 21 (every 10minutes) or bus 17 (every 30 minutes). Exit at Korenmarkt.
- From the Korenmarkt, you walk towards the St.-Michiels Church (across the River Leie). Once you passed the church, you take the first street to the left.
Car in Ghent
- Follow the parking signage to parking P7 Sint-Michiels. The parking is located at 50 meter from Het Pand. Take the exit Onderbergen and you come out in the Wilderoosstraat, opposite Het Pand.
- An alternative parking is P8 Ramen. From here it’s about 5 minutes on foot to Het Pand.