Accomodation 2014

Traveling to Ghent

1. By air

Belgium’s international airport is situated in Zaventem, on the outskirts of Brussels.
From Brussels Airport (Brussel Nationaal Luchthaven) it is possible to travel to Ghent by train. In the airport, follow the signs to the train station, which is below ground level. Buy a ticket for Ghent St-Pieters station at the counter. A single fare (Brussels Airport – Ghent St-Pieters station) will cost around 11,40 EUR.  You can board the direct train to Ghent, or you can take the shuttle train to Brussels Central Station, which runs every 15 minutes.  There, you can change to a train to Ghent.  From Ghent St-Pieters station, you can take several buses and trams to the city centre.

You can also fly to Brussels-Charleroi.
From Charleroi Airport, you can take the bus to Brussels Zuid/Midi station (a 45 minute ride) for only 13 EUR, which runs every 30 minutes. From Zuid/Midi station you can get on the train to Ghent. Buy a ticket for Ghent St-Pieters station in the train station. A single fare (Brussels Zuid/Midi station – Ghent St-Pieters station) costs around 8,20 EUR.  There are usually three trains an hour to Ghent from Brussels. From Ghent St-Pieters station, you can take several buses and trams to the city centre.

Other airports nearby:

 2. By bus

If you are planning to travel by bus or coach, you can contact Eurolines. The bus stops at Koningin Elisabethlaan 73, which is near Ghent St-Pieters station.

3. By car

If you decide to come by car, you will find Ghent at the crossroads of 2 large motorways:

  • E17 connecting Lisbon, Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Köln, Copenhagen, Stockholm;
  • E40 connecting Calais, Ghent, Brussels, Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Sophia, Istanbul.

Ghent’s city centre is a pedestrian zone, so no cars are allowed.  Some student residences have free parking spaces in the immediate surroundings.

4. By train

There are two railway stations in Ghent – Ghent Sint-Pieters and Ghent Dampoort – which allow smooth access to the Belgian railway network.
If you are planning to travel by train frequently and if you are younger than 26, it is more economic to buy a “Go Pass”. This pass is valid for 1 year and allows you to travel by train 10 times to any station in Belgium, for only 50 EUR.  A Go Pass entitles you to 10 second-class single journeys between two Belgian stations; so a single fare works out at 5 EUR. It’s possible to use the Go Pass with several people at the same time, with each person using up one ride on the ticket. The Go Pass is particularly advantageous for longer journeys (except those passing through frontier points).

If you’re older than 26, you can use the Rail Pass. This card gives the same benefits as the Go Pass, but it will cost you 74 EUR. More information on this website.
On Fridays (from 19h00) and in the weekend, it is more profitable to ask for a “Weekend Ticket”. When you travel alone, you get up to a 40% discount. When travelling with friends, the first passenger gets a 40% discount. The second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth passenger get a 60% discount, provided that all members of the group travel together.

You can also travel by high-speed train from Brussels to:

Hostel for the students

Hostel Uppelink

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Hostel Uppelink is located in the center of Ghent on the corner of the Korenlei and the Sint-Michielsbrug. The entrance to the hostel is on the side of the building.


Hostel Uppelink is easily accessible by public transport:

  • From Gent Sint-Pieters train station – take Tram 1 to Korenmarkt (City Centre) – walk 200m towards Sint-Michielsbrug
  • From Gent Dampoort train station – take Bus 3 to Korenmarkt – walk 200m towards Sint-Michielsbrug


Hostel Uppelink is also accessible by car:

  • The hostel is located in a pedestrian zone. To drive into this area a license is required! Do not drive up to the entrance but follow the Parking Route towards parking Sint-Michiels. Then walk 100m towards the Sint-Michielsbrug.

Hotel for the professors

Ibis Gent Centrum St Baafs Cathedral

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The ibis Gent Centrum Kathedraal hotel is located in the historic and commercial center of Ghent opposite the cathedral. It is within close walking distance of the historic monuments, while the Congress and Exhibition Centers are only a few miles away, making this the perfect hotel for your trip.The hotel has 120 air-conditioned rooms with FREE WIFI, a private paying car park with limited spaces,bar and 24-hours snack service and paying HSIA internet. There are restaurants close to the hotel.


The Ibis hotel is also accessible by car:

E17 highway, “GENT-CENTRUM 5 km” exit and E40 highway, “GENT-CENTRUM 5 km” exit, follow centrumhotels, GPS coordinates: N 51’3’10.71′ E 3’43’33.70′. The hotel has limited car parking facilities, accessible via Lange Kruisstraat 2. There is a public car park five minutes’ walk from the hotel.

The Ibis hotel is also accessible by public transport:

From Gent Sint-Pieters train station – take Tram 1 to Korenmarkt (City Centre) – walk 300m towards St Baafs


The workplace

Teacher and professors can travel to KAHO Sint Lieven by tram. Take tram 1 to Evergem or Wondelgem from Korenmarkt and get off at Rabot. From there it’s a 100m walk to the campus at the Gebroeders De Smetstraat 1.


People who like a good morning walk, can take a 1.5km walk to KAHO.


The IP course will take place in Block B at the second floor rooms B225 – B229 – B230.



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Information & accomodation help (Also at arrival weekend)
Steven De Lausnay
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