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

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Train  •  1h 57m

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

84€ - 165€

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Bus  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Ghent 803 / ...

16€ - 30€

3 alternative options

Train via Lille  •  3h 18m

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

57€ - 79€

Drive  •  2h 44m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Ghent 286.1 km

30€ - 50€

Fly, train  •  4h 15m

  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

94€ - 301€

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to bus which costs 16€ - 30€ and takes 5h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Ghent is to train which costs 80€ - 170€ and takes 1h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine and arriving at Ghent. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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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 Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 57m.

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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 57m and costs 80€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 1h 57m to get from Paris to Ghent, including transfers.

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Paris to Ghent bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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 best way to get from Paris to Ghent is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs 80€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 16€ - 30€ and takes 5h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 262.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 57m

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

You can take a train from Paris to Ghent via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid in around 1h 57m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Ghent 3 times a day. Tickets cost 16€ - 20€ and the journey takes 5h 5m. Eurolines FR also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Brussels
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
270€ - 950€
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 Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
27 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 Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
19€ - 21€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 21€
1st Class
26€ - 30€
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
en.oui.sncf
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 Lille Flandres to Gand-Saint-Pierre
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
10€ - 25€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
Rail 1st Class
17€ - 25€
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 City Centre - Bercy Seine to Ghent
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Paris, Gallieni to Gent, Dampoort
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
21€ - 30€
Website
Eurolines FR

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

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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 / 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 and Omio.

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

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There are 398+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at 87€ 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 10€.

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