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There are 5 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent by train, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  3h 42m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ice
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

€78 - €108

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Gent

€16 - €23

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt central train station to Brussels-North train station N884 / ...
  2. Take the train from Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

€28 - €36

Drive  •  4h 6m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent 454.3 km

€50 - €75

Fly, train  •  3h 52m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Brussels (BRU) FRA - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters

€48 - €162

Frankfurt am Main to Ghent by train

The train journey time between Frankfurt am Main and Ghent is around 4h 19m and covers a distance of around 452 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 48m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), the Frankfurt am Main to Ghent train service departs from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arrives in Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters. Typically 50 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 19m
Fastest train time:
3h 48m
Train distance:
452 km
Trains per week:
50
Cheapest price:
€78
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:29
Last train departs at:
20:16

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frankfurt am Main to Ghent train schedules

Germany → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from Germany

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from Germany

  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Germany
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Andorra, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and United States
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lesotho, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Rules to follow in Belgium

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Germany

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Germany.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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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.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Germany from Belgium.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 1 Aug 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent is to Bus which costs €16 - €23 and takes 8h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent is to train which costs €75 - €110 and takes 3h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt am Main and arriving at Gent. Services depart twice a week, and operate Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8h 14m.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 42m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Ghent is 366 km. The road distance is 454.3 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 3h 42m and costs €75 - €110.

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It takes approximately 3h 42m to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Ghent bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Frankfurt am Main station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Ghent train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent is to train which takes 3h 42m and costs €75 - €110. Alternatively, you can Bus, which costs €16 - €23 and takes 8h 14m.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 365.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 42m

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Ghent, Belgium?

You can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 3h 42m. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Gent twice a week. Tickets cost €16 - €23 and the journey takes 8h 14m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €400
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€6 - €10
1st Class
€10 - €15
Train from Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€7 - €11
1st Class
€10 - €16
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €18
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€16 - €18
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt central train station to Brussels-North train station
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€21 - €26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Gent
Ave. Duration
8h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Ghent bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Gent station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Ghent train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Ghent is 454 km. It takes approximately 4h 6m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Ghent.

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Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 108+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to line 35880 train which takes 15 min and costs €3 - €5.

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