Buses to Ghent arrive in the city from most major Belgian cities including Brussels and Antwerp as well as from major European cities including London, Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam. Regional and local buses also arrive in Ghent from the surrounding towns, village and suburbs. International and national bus travel is provided by Eurolines, Postbus and Megabus whilst Flibico provides a shuttle bus service to other Belgian cities and airports. Eurolines and Postbus services arrive at Gent-Dampoort rail station which is located 1.5 km to the east of the city. The Megabus from London, Brussels and Amsterdam stops at the Campanile Hotel Gent in Akkerhage which is found 5 km to the south of Ghent. Those arriving by Megabus will need to get a local 67 or 65 bus service to the city centre from the nearby Gent Proeftuinstraat stop. The main bus terminals for local bus travel is Gent-Sint-Pieters to the southeast of the centre and Gent-Zuid to the south west.
Ghent is one of Belgium's most enduringly charming cities. Ghent enjoys the buzz of a larger city but with a better conserved historic centre and more of a community feel. Ghent was once the second biggest city in Northern Europe after Paris, and much of its rich trading past can be experienced by just wandering around and viewing the stunning architecture and facades. Highlights include the city's Belfry and Cloth Hall. The Bell itself is a symbol of the city's independence whilst the Cloth Hall signifies Ghent's importance in the cloth trade. The breathtaking St. Bavos Cathedral boasts a mix of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture and is also home to the Adoration of the Mystic Lamp. Further buildings of note include the 12th century Castle of the Counts and the Voorhuit concert space that pays homage to the city's socio-democratic past and showcases it's best Art Deco architecture.