How to travel from Brussels to Ghent

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from Brussels to Ghent

You can get from Brussels to Ghent by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Brussels to Ghent on Nov 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:00AMBrussels0h55 09:55AMGhent
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09:53AMBrussels-Midi0h28 10:21AMGhent St Pieters
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08:29AMBrussels-Midi0h28 08:57AMGhent St Pieters
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Travel Information to Ghent from Brussels

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $12
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $5 (€5) • 55 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $12 (€11) • 27 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or SNCB | IC

Travel 30 miles (49 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Brussels to Ghent. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 27 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $5 (€5). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or SNCB | IC among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Brussels to Ghent.

Travel from Brussels to Ghent: Journey Details

The distance between the two Belgium cities of Brussels and Ghent is less than 60 km so no commercial flights operate between them. As no dedicated bus routes operate from Brussels to Ghent, taking the bus would mean coordinating local timetables from village to village, giving lengthy and complicated journeys when compared to the train time of just half an hour.

Return trips from Ghent to Brussels are also available.

How to get from Brussels to Ghent

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Brussels to Ghent, 100,00% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Brussels to Ghent and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Trains from Brussels to Ghent

Belgian InterCity trains make the direct journey from Brussels to Ghent in around half an hour. Departures are from Brussels-Midi with trains arriving at Ghent St. Peters Station. Brussels-Midi, also called Brussels-South, is the city's largest station and is located to the south with good transport links to the historic center and the local suburbs by Metro lines 2, 3, 4 and 6, the Ouibus service and local buses. Noctis buses operate throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays. Taxis and car rentals are available at the station. Ghent St. Peters Station is located a couple of kilometers from the city center and is linked by tram and bus with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Once within the historic center everything is within easy walking distance. Ghent's local transport system is made up of an extensive network of buses and trams which share an integrated ticketing system. Eight De Lijn bus routes operate until 1:00 a.m. A taxi rank is located outside the station entrance.

Travel Tips: Travel from Brussels to Ghent

Travel Tips: Travel 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.

You can travel between Brussels and Ghent 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Ghent is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $5 (€5) compared to other travel options to Ghent:

Taking a bus is about $7 (€6) less than taking a train, which costs on average $12 (€11) for this route.

The quickest way to travel from Brussels to Ghent is by train, which takes on average 27 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 55 min.

The distance is approximately 30 miles (49 km) from Brussels to Ghent.

The average frequency per day from Brussels to Ghent is:

  • 3 buses a day.
  • 110 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Brussels to Ghent as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Brussels to Ghent:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi) to Ghent.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Gent St Pieters.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Brussels to Ghent:

  • You can go to Ghent from Brussels by bus with Flixbus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $5 (€5) with Flixbus from Brussels to Ghent on Omio.
  • You can go to Ghent from Brussels by train with SNCB | IC. You'll see cheap train tickets for $12 (€11) with SNCB | IC from Brussels to Ghent on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Brussels to Ghent with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 3 direct buses per day with Flixbus, BlaBlaCar or Flibco International.
  • You can travel directly by train with SNCB | IC with 86 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Ghent as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Brussels and Ghent.

Looking to extend your trip from Brussels to Ghent? Many Omio customers who go from Brussels to Ghent usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Bruges, Amsterdam or Paris. If you're looking to explore Bruges, Amsterdam or Paris from Ghent, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

Before traveling from Brussels to Ghent, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey is costing $5 (€5) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this route costs on average $12 (€11) one way.

But we recommend booking Brussels to Ghent tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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