Getting to Ghent
Take a train to Ghent St-Pieters station. For information about train time tables, click here.
- From Brussels Airport (BRU): the fastest direct train takes about 55 minutes.
- From Brussels-Midi (Eurostar-Thalys-ICE): the fastest direct train takes about 30 minutes.
- From Antwerp-Central (Thalys): the fastest direct train takes about 1 hour.
From Brussels South Charleroi Airport, you can take either public transport (bus and trains) or the Flibco bus.
- Public transport: Bus A (TEC) to Charleroi Sud station (20 minutes) + direct train to Brussels-Midi (50 minutes). From there, a second direct train will take you to Ghent-Sint-Pieters in about 30 minutes.
- Flibco shuttle bus: every 2 to 3 hours, a shuttle bus goes straight from Charleroi airport to Ghent-Sint-Pieters in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Getting around in Ghent
There is a good bus and tram network throughout the cityTickets cost €3 from the vending machine or the driver (valid for 60 minutes). A ticket valid for 10 rides costs €16 (€1,60 per 60 minutes of validity). You will find the ticket vending machines outside the station, on the tram platform. There are also day tickets (€6 in presale, €9 on the bus/tram), 3-day tickets (€14 euros, only presale) and 5-day tickets (€20, only presale).
However, Ghent is pretty manageable on foot (or bicycle) as well. All hotels suggested on this website are in the center of town, as is the conference venue. For a map of the city, click here (or many other websites).
For the city’s touristic brochures (in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish), please visit https://visit.gent.be/en/good-know/practical-information/publications.
There is a special agreement for conference participants with the following hotels. Please be advised: Ghent is one of the most touristic cities in Belgium and hotels are usually quite full; book your accommodation well in advance!
A good place to be inspired when looking for a restaurant, is the Vlaanderenstraat or the Oudburg; there are simply too many good restaurants there, of very different styles and cuisines, to mention them all here.
So, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants known especially for their vegetarian and/or vegan dishes:
- In the centre (lunch & dinner):
- Lunch only (also centre):
More generally, these restaurants are particularly popular among tourists as well as locals:
- De Stokerij (location)
- ‘t Oud Clooster (location)
- Pakhuis (location)
- Multatuli (location)
- Alice (brunch/lunch)
- Meme Gusta (Flemish)
- Hal 16 (foodies & beer lovers)
- Keizershof (brasserie)
- Amadeus (ribs)
- Osteria Delicati (Italian)
- Il Fornaccio (Italian)
- Aperto Chiuso (Italian)
- Casa de las Tapas (tapas)
- La Malcontenta (tapas)