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There are 5 ways to get from Paris to Ghent by train, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 59m

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Thalys
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

84€ - 165€

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Lille Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Paris - Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport > Lille / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to Gent

13€ - 20€

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  5h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Bruges N702 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bruges / Brugge to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

22€ - 29€

Drive  •  2h 44m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Ghent 286.1 km

30€ - 50€

Fly, train  •  5h 20m

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

97€ - 576€

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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 applies to arrivals from France
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from France.

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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 France from Belgium.

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to bus and bus and ferry which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 5h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to train which costs 80€ - 170€ and takes 1h 59m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Paris to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine and arriving at Gent via Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Paris Nord and arriving at Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 59m.

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The distance between Paris and Ghent is 263 km. The road distance is 286.1 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 1h 59m and costs 80€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 1h 59m to get from Paris to Ghent, including transfers.

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Paris to Ghent bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine station.

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Paris to Ghent train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Paris Nord station.

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The quickest flight from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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  • Distance: 262.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 59m

What companies run services between Paris, France and Ghent, Belgium?

You can take a train from Paris to Ghent via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 1h 59m.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
280€ - 1500€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
Standard
75€ - 110€
Comfort
90€ - 120€
Premium
110€ - 160€
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
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
6€ - 10€
1st Class
10€ - 15€
Train from Bruges / Brugge to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 9€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
5€ - 9€
1st Class
9€ - 13€
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€
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 Paris to Bruges
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Lille
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
13€ - 16€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Lille
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Blablabus
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Lille to Gent
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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Paris to Ghent bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Gent station.

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Paris 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 Paris to Ghent is 286 km. It takes approximately 2h 44m to drive from Paris to Ghent.

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Brussels Airlines offers flights from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Paris to Ghent train tickets online with Omio.

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There are 177+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris CDG Airport is to train which takes 38 min and costs 5€ - 9€.

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