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There are 6 ways to get from Amsterdam to Ghent by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 18m

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

64€ - 119€

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Rideshare  •  2h 50m

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Ghent 219.5 km

15€

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Train via Roosendaal  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Roosendaal
  2. Take the train from Roosendaal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  3. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

29€ - 57€

Train, bus  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Middelburg Intercity
  2. Take the bus from Middelburg, Station to Gent, Zuid(Centrum) 50

32€ - 62€

Drive  •  2h 27m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Ghent 221.2 km

27€ - 40€

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 / Gent-Sint-Pieters

67€ - 261€

Amsterdam to Ghent by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam and Ghent is around 2h 8m and covers a distance of around 220 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 8m. Operated by Thalys and Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), the Amsterdam to Ghent train service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort. Typically 24 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Ghent train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ghent is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ghent is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Ghent is 1.5 metres.

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The most affordable way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent is to rideshare, which costs 15€ and takes 2h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Ghent is to train which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 2h 18m.

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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 / Gent-Dampoort via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 18m.

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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 18m and costs 60€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 2h 18m to get from Amsterdam to Ghent, including transfers.

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

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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 train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Gand-Dampoort / Gent-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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  • Distance: 167.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 18m

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

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Ghent via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2h 18m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 480€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
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 / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
Train from Roosendaal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 8€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
5€ - 8€
1st Class
8€ - 13€
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 17€
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 18€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
16€ - 18€
1st Class
21€ - 24€
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Roosendaal
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
16€ - 40€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
16€ - 23€
1st Class
27€ - 40€
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Middelburg
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 50€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
21€ - 30€
1st Class
35€ - 50€
Bus operators
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.

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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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