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Train Information between Brussels and Ghent

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
durationAverage train duration28 min
priceAverage train ticket price$14 (€11)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersSNCB | IC

Trains from Brussels to Ghent cover the 30 miles (49 km) long journey taking on average 28 min with our travel partners like SNCB | IC. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $14 (€11), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $14 (€11). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Gent St Pieters.

Trains from Brussels to Ghent

With no regular buses between Brussels and Ghent, trains are the most convenient and popular means of commuting between the two cities. There are hourly departures from Brussels, and the frequency increases on weekends. On average, a train from Brussels to Ghent takes about 30 minutes. The first train leaves Brussels at about 5:40 a.m., while the last one departs at about half-past midnight.

Brussels to Ghent train times: Daily departures

About 117 trains service the Brussels-Ghent route per day, covering the 35-mile journey in about 30 minutes. That duration varies between 28 minutes and 38 minutes, depending on the service taken and time of departure. All of the train connections between Brussels and Ghent are direct. The earliest train leaves at about 5:45 a.m., and the final train departs at about 12:30 a.m.

How long is the journey by train from Brussels to Ghent?

The train from Brussels to Ghent takes approximately 30 minutes. However, the journey could be longer or shorter, depending on the service taken and the time of departure. The fastest trains take about 26 minutes, while the slowest trains complete the journey in just over one hour.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Brussels to Ghent?

Departure train station: Trains from Brussels to Ghent leave from depart from either Bruxelles Midi or Central train station. Bruxelles Midi lies about 1.9 miles from the city center, and a bus will get there in around 10 minutes. The station has luggage lockers, cafés, shops, and a ticketing office.

Arrival train station: Trains arriving from Brussels stop at Gent-Sint-Pieters train station. The station is about 2.4 miles from the city center, and is accessible by bus or a tram in about 11 minutes. The station features restaurants, ticketing offices, shops, and a lost-and-found.

Which train companies travel from Brussels to Ghent?

Belgian national rail company SNCF is the main provider of train services from Brussels to Ghent. One of the oldest train operators in Europe, it's the best choice for connections by train from Brussels to Ghent. It takes an average of 30 minutes for trains to commute from Brussels to Ghent, although the duration varies according to the service taken. Some direct trains take as little as 28 minutes, while the slowest trains along this route complete the journey in just over an hour.

SNCF Brussels to Ghent

With about 117 trains covering the Brussels-Ghent route per day, SNFC offers reliable transportation between the two cities. The earliest train departs at about 5:45 a.m., and the last connection leaves at about 12:30 a.m. The average time to travel between the two destinations is about 30 minutes.

Brussels to Ghent trains: Services on board

Passengers on SNCF can choose from first- and second-class carriage services. First-class coaches offer more space and legroom. Also, travelers with first-class tickets can enjoy food and drink in the lounges. Second-class carriages also offer exceptional comfort but have tighter luggage restrictions than first class. Passengers can bring guide dogs as well as small animals such as cats and birds, as long as the latter are in cages and do disturb other passengers.

Only foldable disassembled and standard-size bikes are allowed. The company does not allow towing bicycles or tricycles on board. SNCF offers assistance and support to passengers with disabilities, with special equipment such as sound beacons and braille for the visually impaired.

How to find cheap train tickets from Brussels to Ghent

Travelers on a budget will be happy to hear that it's possible to get cheaper tickets. They can search for and compare train tickets before booking. SNCF releases its tickets 3 to 6 months prior to departure. Travelers can also cut ticket costs by booking slower trains with connections along the way, and avoiding traveling during peak hours, when tickets are the most expensive.

Travel Tips

Trains from Brussels to Ghent
Travel by train to Ghent easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Brussels to Ghent.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets from Brussels to Ghent cost?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Brussels to Ghent for the next 7 days starting from $14 (€11)  one way.
What is the cost of a train from Brussels to Ghent?
The Brussels to Ghent train ticket price is on average $14 (€11)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.
How many miles is it from Brussels to Ghent by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Brussels and Ghent by train to be approximately 30 miles (49 km).
What is the Brussels to Ghent train travel time?
While the time it takes to travel 30 miles (49 km) to Ghent from Brussels can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Brussels to Ghent train journey time is on average 28 min.
When traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent, which train station in Brussels do I depart from and which train station in Ghent do I arrive in?

When departing from Brussels, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord. When arriving in Ghent, you can end your trip in train stations like Gent St Pieters and Gent-Dampoort.

Omio customers book a train from Bruxelles-Midi   to Gent St Pieters   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Brussels? Where is the train station in Ghent?

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Bruxelles-Midi and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Ghent most often arrive at Gent St Pieters and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from this train station to the city center.

Which train companies can take me between Brussels and Ghent?
Take the Brussels to Ghent train with SNCB | IC. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the journey between Brussels and Ghent as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any nonstop train services from Brussels to Ghent?
Yes, there are 25 direct trains per day from Brussels to Ghent. You can look to travel with SNCB | IC  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
How many train services per day are there between Brussels and Ghent?
The average number of trains departing Brussels for Ghent is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
What time is the earliest train from Brussels to Ghent? What time is the last train from Brussels to Ghent?
You can take the earliest train from Brussels to Ghent at 6: 08 AM   or take the last train from Brussels to Ghent leaving at 10: 30 PM. Look for the latest Brussels to Ghent train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.
When should I purchase the Brussels to Ghent train for the best deals on tickets?
You can find trains from Brussels to Ghent to cost on average $14 (€11) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Brussels to Ghent train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Brussels
Ghent
Bruxelles-Central
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines 1, 3, 4, 5<br>Suburban train lines S1, S2, S5, S7, S9
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
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