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

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Train via Antwerp  •  2h 31m

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

31€ - 125€

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Bus  •  3h

  1. Take the bus from Utrecht to Ghent 800 / ...

11€ - 25€

3 alternative options

Train  •  3h 5m

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

63€ - 125€

Drive  •  1h 51m

  1. Drive from Utrecht to Ghent 187.3 km

25€ - 40€

Train, fly  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Brussels (BRU) AMS - BRU
  3. Take the train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters

88€ - 290€

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The cheapest way to get from Utrecht to Ghent is to bus which costs 11€ - 25€ and takes 3h.

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The quickest way to get from Utrecht to Ghent is to drive which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 1h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Utrecht and arriving at Ghent. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h.

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No, there is no direct train from Utrecht to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Utrecht Centraal and arriving at Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 31m.

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The distance between Utrecht and Ghent is 151 km. The road distance is 187.3 km.

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The best way to get from Utrecht to Ghent without a car is to train via Antwerp which takes 2h 31m and costs 30€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 2h 31m to get from Utrecht to Ghent, including transfers.

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

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Utrecht to Ghent train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Utrecht Centraal station.

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Map of how to get from Utrecht to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 151.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 31m

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

You can take a train from Utrecht to Ghent via Rotterdam Centraal, Antwerpen-Centraal, and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2h 31m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Utrecht to Ghent 3 times a day. Tickets cost 11€ - 14€ and the journey takes 3h. Eurolines FR also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 470€
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 24€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
17€ - 24€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 30€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 18€
1st Class
21€ - 30€
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 19€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
14€ - 19€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
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
46 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€
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
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 21€
1st Class
26€ - 29€
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 Utrecht to Ghent
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
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 Utrecht to Gent, Dampoort
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
Eurolines FR

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The best way to get from Utrecht to Ghent is to train via Antwerp which takes 2h 31m and costs 30€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11€ - 25€ and takes 3h.

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Utrecht 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 Utrecht to Ghent is 187 km. It takes approximately 1h 51m to drive from Utrecht to Ghent.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Utrecht to Ghent train tickets online with Omio, Omio and Omio.

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

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There are 528+ hotels available in Ghent. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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