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

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Train  •  3h 3m

  1. Take the train from Leiden Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
  2. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
  3. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort Ic / ...

61€ - 122€

Cheapest option

Bus via Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS  •  3h 39m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Ghent 803 / ...

18€ - 33€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Den Haag HSM to Gent - Eurolines

Drive  •  1h 55m

  1. Drive from Leiden to Ghent 183.1 km

24€ - 40€

Fly, train  •  3h 18m

  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

81€ - 186€

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The cheapest way to get from Leiden to Ghent is to bus via Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS which costs 18€ - 35€ and takes 3h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Leiden to Ghent is to drive which costs 24€ - 40€ and takes 1h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Leiden to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Leiden Centraal and arriving at Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 3m.

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The distance between Leiden and Ghent is 134 km. The road distance is 183.1 km.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs 60€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 3h 3m to get from Leiden to Ghent, including transfers.

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Leiden to Ghent train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Leiden Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Ghent is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs 60€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus via Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS, which costs 18€ - 35€ and takes 3h 39m.

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

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Map of how to get from Leiden to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 134.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 3m

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

You can take a train from Leiden to Ghent via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 3h 3m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Ghent hourly. Tickets cost 9€ - 12€ and the journey takes 2h 10m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 350€
Train operators
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 Leiden Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 22€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 13€
1st Class
15€ - 22€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
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 20 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 21€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 21€
1st Class
26€ - 29€
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 Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Ghent
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Den Haag HSM to Gent - Eurolines
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
starbus.es

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Yes, the driving distance between Leiden to Ghent is 183 km. It takes approximately 1h 55m to drive from Leiden to Ghent.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 531+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs 7€ - 16€.

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