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Winter Workshop Practical Information

Getting to Ghent

BY TRAIN

The closest international railway station for high-speed trains is Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station (arrival of Thalys, TGV, Eurostar, ICE, etc.). From Bruxelles Midi, there is a train going the Ghent Sint Pieters railway station every 6 (direction ‘Oostende’), 22 (direction ‘Brugge’), 33 (direction ‘Kortrijk), 48 (direction ‘De panne) and 51 (direction ‘Oostende) minutes after the hour. More information regarding train hours can be found here: http://www.belgianrail.be/jp/sncb-nmbs-routeplanner/query.exe/en.

 

BY AIR

Brussels National Airport (BRU), train trip approximately 1 hour

In the airport, follow the signs to the railway station, which is below ground level. Buy a ticket for Ghent-Sint-Pieters station at the counter in the train station of the airport or online on www.b-rail.be/main/E/.

From Brussels National Airport there is a direct train every 26 (Direction ‘De Panne)  and 59 minutes after the hour (Direction ‘Brugge’). You can also take a train to Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) station every 13, 26 30 and 41 minutes after the hour. There, you can also take a train to Ghent Sint-Pieters station.

For more information regarding train hours from Bruxelles Midi, please see section ‘BY TRAIN’ or visit the online route planner (in English): http://www.belgianrail.be/jp/sncb-nmbs-routeplanner/query.exe/en.

At Gent Sint-Pieters railway station, there are several trams going to the city center. Just follow the sign ‘CENTRUM’ when coming out of the main entrance of the railway station. All these trams go to the city center. For more information, please visit the route planner of the bus operator: https://www.delijn.be/en/?vertaling=true.

 

Brussels South Charleroi airport, train trip approximately 1 hour

There are two options for getting to Ghent from Brussels South Charleroi airport

  • Option 1

Take a bus to Charleroi Sud railway station. From the Charleroi Sud railway station you can take a train to the Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station. Train schedules are available under http://www.b-rail.be/. More information can be found at: www.charleroi-airport.com

  • Option 2

There is a bus shuttle service from the airport to Ghent Sint Pieters train station. For more information regarding hours of service, please visit https://www.flibco.com/en.

 

Hotel suggestions

Budget

Kaba hostel

Close to the city center, 13 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 24 euros p.p./night (dorm) to 64 euros per room/night (private twin room with private bathroom)

Info and reservations: http://www.kabahostel.be/en

 

13 o’clock hostel

In the city center, 1 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 39 euros (dorm) to 65 euros p.p./night (deluxe single room)

Info and reservations: booking.com

 

Guest House Poortackere

In the city center, 6 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 49 euros p.p./night (single private room with shared bathroom) to 165 euros per room/night (4 person room with luxury bathroom)

Info and reservations: http://monasterium.be/index.php?taal=eng

 

Medium price range

The Boatel

Close to the city center, 14 minute walk, to the workshop location

Prices range from 87 euros (single room) to 93 euros (luxury triple room) per room/night

Info and reservations: http://www.theboatel.com/en

 

Hotel Onderbergen

In the city center, 6 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 79 euros (single room) to 140 euros (family room) per room/night

Info and reservations: http://www.hotelonderbergen.be/index.asp?taal=en

 

NH Gent Sint-Pieters

Close to the train station, 23 minute walk to the workshop location (15 minutes with public transportation)

Prices range from 79 euros (standard double) to 139 euros (suite) per night

Info and reservations: http://www.nh-hotels.nl/hotel/nh-gent-sint-pieters

 

Upper price range

Ghent Gravensteen Hotel

In the city center, 9 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 99 euros (single room) to 114 euros (twin room) per room per night

Info and reservations: http://www.hotelgravensteen.be/index.asp?taal=uk

 

Hotel De Flandre

Close to city center, 8 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 114 euros (single room) to 144 euros (deluxe single) per room/night

Info and reservations: http://www.hoteldeflandre.be/index.asp?taal=uk

 

Marriot Hotel    

In the city center, 8 minute walk to the workshop location

Prices range from 134 euro (standard double) to 223 euros (double with river view) per room/night

Info and reservations: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gnemc-ghent-marriott-hotel/

 

Things to do in Ghent

Please visit http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghent

Please contact us at winterworkshop[at]digital-games[dot]eu if you have any further questions.

 

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