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There are 5 ways to get from Amsterdam to Ghent by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 28m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central Thalys
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central to Gand-Dampoort Ic

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Bus  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Ghent 802 / ...

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Rideshare  •  2h 50m

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Ghent 219.5 km

Drive  •  2h 27m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Ghent 221.2 km

Fly, train  •  3h 40m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Brussels (BRU) AMS - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre

Amsterdam to Ghent by train

85 Weekly Trains
2h 28m Average Duration
€64 Cheapest Price
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The most affordable way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent is to bus, which costs €13 - €16 and takes 3h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent is to drive which costs €40 - €65 and takes 2h 27m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Ghent. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Gand-Dampoort via Anvers-Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 28m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Ghent is 168 km. The road distance is 221.2 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 2h 28m and costs €60 - €120.

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It takes approximately 2h 28m to get from Amsterdam to Ghent, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Ghent bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

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Amsterdam to Ghent train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent is to train which takes 2h 28m and costs €60 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €13 - €16 and takes 3h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 167.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 28m

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Ghent, Belgium?

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Ghent via Anvers-Central in around 2h 28m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Ghent every 4 hours. Tickets cost €13 - €16 and the journey takes 3h 10m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €700
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€55 - €110
Website
Thalys
Standard
€55 - €80
Comfort
€65 - €90
Premium
€80 - €110
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Anvers-Central to Gand-Dampoort
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€7 - €11
1st Class
€11 - €16
Train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €17
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€16 - €17
1st Class
€21 - €24
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Ghent
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Ghent
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Amsterdam to Ghent bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Ghent station.

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Amsterdam to Ghent train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Gand-Dampoort station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Ghent is 221 km. It takes approximately 2h 27m to drive from Amsterdam to Ghent.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 105+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at €100 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Amsterdam and Ghent. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs €6 - €13.

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