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There are 4 ways to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Gent-Sint-Pieters to Harelbeke Ic / ...

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Bus  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Kortrijk 803
  2. Take the bus from Kortrijk Kinepolis Xpo to Deerlijk Sint-Lodewijk Kerk 99
  3. Take the bus from Deerlijk Sint-Lodewijk Kerk to Harelbeke Station perron 2 89 / ...

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Bus via Ghent  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Conradstraat to Ghent Pr. Clementinalaan Amsterdam Prins Hendrikplantsoen - Brussels North Train Station

Drive  •  2h 2m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Harelbeke 195.6 km
Netherlands → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from Netherlands

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Belgium, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican

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Conditions of entry into Belgium from Netherlands

  • 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
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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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
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) with the exception of Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)
  • COVID-19 test 7 days after arrival
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Rules to follow in Belgium

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Netherlands

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Netherlands.

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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 Harelbeke is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Harelbeke is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Harelbeke 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 Netherlands from Belgium.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 25 Nov 2021
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The most affordable way to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke is to bus, which costs €13 - €21 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke is to drive which costs €26 - €40 and takes 2h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam station to Harelbeke station. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Central Station and arriving at Harelbeke Station perron 2 via Kortrijk Kinepolis Xpo and Deerlijk Sint-Lodewijk Kerk. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 57m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Harelbeke. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Harelbeke via Antwerpen-Centraal and Gent-Sint-Pieters. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 38m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Harelbeke is 144 km. The road distance is 195.6 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke without a car is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs €55 - €110.

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It takes approximately 2h 38m to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Harelbeke bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam Central Station.

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

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs €55 - €110. Alternatively, you can bus via Ghent, which costs €14 - €65 and takes 3h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Harelbeke.
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  • Distance: 143.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 38m

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Harelbeke via Antwerpen-Centraal and Gent-Sint-Pieters in around 2h 38m. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni - Unibus operates a bus from Rotterdam Conradstraat to Ghent Pr. Clementinalaan twice a week. Tickets cost €9 - €55 and the journey takes 2h 15m.

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 3 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 Antwerpen-Centraal to Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
56 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 - €17
Train from Gent-Sint-Pieters to Harelbeke
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€5 - €8
1st Class
€8 - €13
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni - Unibus
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Rotterdam Conradstraat to Ghent Pr. Clementinalaan
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €55
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Kortrijk
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €15
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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De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Kortrijk Kinepolis Xpo to Deerlijk Sint-Lodewijk Kerk
Ave. Duration
2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€1 - €3
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
€2
single ticket
€3
Bus from Deerlijk Sint-Lodewijk Kerk to Harelbeke Station perron 2
Ave. Duration
0 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€1 - €3
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
€2
single ticket
€3

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Rotterdam to Harelbeke bus services, operated by De Lijn, arrive at Harelbeke Station perron 2.

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Rotterdam to Harelbeke train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Harelbeke station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Harelbeke is 196 km. It takes approximately 2h 2m to drive from Rotterdam to Harelbeke.

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