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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Gand-Saint-Pierre

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Ghent

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Train via Lille

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Courtrai
  3. Take the train from Courtrai to Gand-Saint-Pierre

Drive

  1. Drive from Magenta to Ghent

Fly, train

  1. Fly from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Brussels (BRU)
  2. Take the train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to bus which costs €16 - €20 and takes 4h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to train which costs €80 - €170 and takes 1h 58m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Paris and arriving at Ghent. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 45m.

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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 via Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 58m.

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The distance between Paris and Ghent is 263 km. The road distance is 287.1 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs €80 - €170.

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It takes approximately 1h 58m to get from Paris to Ghent, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Paris to Ghent is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs €80 - €170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €16 - €20 and takes 4h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 262.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 58m

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

You can take a train from Magenta to Ghent via Bruxelles-Midi in around 1h 58m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Paris to Ghent twice daily. Tickets cost €16 - €20 and the journey takes 4h 45m.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
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 Bruxelles-Midi to Gand-Saint-Pierre
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 20 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 Courtrai to Gand-Saint-Pierre
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€6 - €9
1st Class
€9 - €13
Train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€16 - €17
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€16 - €17
1st Class
€21 - €24
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Lille Flandres to Courtrai
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €17
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€5 - €8
Rail 1st Class
€11 - €17
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Ghent
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16 - €20
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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The quickest flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Ghent is 287 km. It takes approximately 2h 45m to drive from Paris to Ghent.

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Brussels Airlines offers flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Paris to Ghent train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Paris to Ghent bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 97+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at €100 per night.

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is to train which takes 34 min and costs €5 - €8.

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