Ghent in one day: the best route


This guide of what to see in Ghent in one day It will help you organize the best route through one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world and one of the places you cannot miss on a route through Belgium.
Although we know that it would take a lifetime to get to know a city, we believe that if you optimize time well, 24 hours are enough to know all the most important points of a Ghent, a city that has nothing to envy its neighboring Bruges and that Sure, it will exceed all your expectations, moving to the Middle Ages when you travel through the canals of this jewel of Flanders, surrounded by old guild houses and cobbled streets of the historic center.

Based on the experience of the time we spent in the city during our trip to Ghent, Leuven and Antwerp, we have prepared an itinerary to get to know the best of Ghent in a day so you don't miss any interesting place. We start!

How to get to Ghent

The fastest way to get to Ghent is to take the train at Zaventem airport or at the main stations in Brussels: South (Midi), Central and North.
This train to Oostende, which leaves every 20 minutes, will take you to Ghent (Gent-Sint-Pieters station) from Zaventem airport in one hour for 14 euros and from Brussels in 40 minutes for 9 euros.
If you land with a low cost company at Charleroi airport you will have to take a bus first to Brussels Midi station, which takes an hour for about 14 euros, provided you book it here in advance.
A more comfortable and interesting option when having a guide in Spanish, is to book this tour by bus or this one that includes Ghent and Bruges, both of which are among the best excursions in Brussels.

For more detailed information on the transfer you can consult this post on how to go from Brussels to Ghent.

Recommended hotel in Ghent

Our recommended hotel to discover Ghent in a day It is the Hotel Ibis Centrum Opera, located 10 minutes from the cathedral of San Bavón and the Korenmarkt square, in the old town. This hotel has a stop on the tram 1 line that links to the Ghent train station and in addition to its excellent location, this Ibis has a 24-hour reception, a full breakfast and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city. city.

Tips for traveling to Ghent

This list of practical tips will help you during your visit to this Belgian city:

  • To save money on train tickets it is better to travel on the weekend when there is a 50% discount.
  • Although it is not necessary to make train reservations in advance because of its high frequency, you can check the schedules, prices and departure stations in this search engine and if you want to book it, you can also do it directly.
  • If in addition to Ghent you are going to visit other Belgian cities by train, you can get profitable to buy the Rail Pass, a ticket that costs 80 euros (50 euros if you are under 26) that includes 10 free trips and can be used by several people both.
  • To learn more about the history of the city and not miss any interesting place, we recommend you book this free tour of Ghent Free! or this private tour for groups, both with a guide in Spanish.
  • If you do not want to pay commissions when withdrawing money from ATMs and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to withdraw money.

What to see in Ghent in one day

The route of Ghent in a day Start with a walk early in the morning along the banks of the Lys River until you reach the San Miguel Bridge, one of the most essential places to visit in Ghent. From the top of the bridge you will have magnificent views of the most beautiful area of ​​the city, where the old guild houses and several churches are concentrated.

Ghent map in one day