from Brussels Airport to Ghent
From the airport
Here are instructions on how to get from Brussels National Airport to Ghent by train:
- When entering the airport from the plane: Follow signs for exit/luggage reclaim.
- Follow the signs for train station in the arrivals hall. You need to take the elevator or escalator to level -1.
- If you didn’t buy a ticket online, buy one from the ticket machine or the counter. Singles cost 16,10€ second class, 21€ first class. When traveling in the rush hour, consider a first class ticket. The class of your coach is marked on the doors.
- There is a direct train to Ghent (Gent-Sint-Pieters) which leaves each hour and takes about 1 hour, but you can also take the next train to Brussels and change to a Gent train there. There are 3 stops in Brussels where you can make the change; The names of the stations in English, Dutch & French: North/Noord/Nord, Central/Centraal/Centrale, South/Midi/Zuid.
- There is a city called Genk, so be careful not to mistake it for Gent.
Upon arrival, you can take a taxi to the conservatory (appr. 20€ – Biezekapelstraat 9), or Tram 1 direction Evergem (3€ single-stop “Korenmarkt” for conservatory and all IHS51 guest hotels)
to the Airport
Beware: trains do not operate early in the morning, and delays are common. For those flying out early on sunday morning we recommend to book a private shuttle.
…or check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0f7R1QFqNU&t=148s&fbclid=IwAR2AaGjL1NjeYyRRxn75kjcQEx5Xx04vS4IdPFKWB4E7bCnyscTQR-Xi7FQ
(update: the vending machines now do accept credit cards and have a user-friendly interface)