There are 3 ways to get from Rotterdam to Ghent by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1h 31m

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

54€ - 97€

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Bus  •  2h 10m

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

9€ - 12€

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Drive  •  1h 34m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Ghent 143.8 km

19€ - 28€

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Ghent is to bus which costs 9€ - 12€ and takes 2h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Ghent is to train which costs 50€ - 100€ and takes 1h 31m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS and arriving at Ghent. Services depart four times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 31m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Ghent is 110 km. The road distance is 143.8 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 1h 31m and costs 50€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 1h 31m to get from Rotterdam to Ghent, including transfers.

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

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Rotterdam to Ghent train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Ghent is to train which takes 1h 31m and costs 50€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 9€ - 12€ and takes 2h 10m.

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  • Distance: 110.5 km
  • Duration: 1h 31m

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Ghent via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 1h 31m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Ghent every 2 hours. Tickets cost 9€ - 12€ and the journey takes 2h 10m. Starbus also services this route twice a week.

Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 2 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 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Ghent
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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 Rotterdam Central Station to Gent - Eurolines
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
starbus.es

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Ghent is 144 km. It takes approximately 1h 34m to drive from Rotterdam to Ghent.

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