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There are 6 ways to get from Utrecht to Ghent by train, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 11m

  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€

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  4h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Utrecht to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station Amsterdam City Center - Sloterdijk > Utrecht > Hazeldonk - Pays Bas > Hazeldonk - Belgique > Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Sainte Aybert - Belgique > Sainte Aybert - France > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Brussels to Gent

12€ - 15€

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Train via Roosendaal  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
  2. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Roosendaal
  3. Take the train from Roosendaal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  4. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...

33€ - 67€

Bus, train  •  6h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Utrecht, Centraal Jaarbeurszijde to Breda, Centraal Station 401
  2. Take the bus from Meersel-Dreef Nieuwe Dreef to Antwerpen Roosevelt perron C5 602 / ...
  3. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort Ic / ...

24€ - 30€

Drive  •  2h 1m

  1. Drive from Utrecht to Ghent 187.4 km

23€ - 35€

Train, fly  •  4h

  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

70€ - 267€

Netherlands → Belgium
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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
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
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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
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Rules to follow in Belgium

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Considerations leaving from Netherlands

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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 Ghent is 800 14689.

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

The social distance requirement in Ghent 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.

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Last updated: 21 Apr 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Utrecht to Ghent is to bus and bus and ferry which costs 11€ - 15€ and takes 4h 32m.

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The fastest way to get from Utrecht to Ghent is to drive. Taking this option will cost 23€ - 35€ and takes 2h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Utrecht to Ghent. However, there are services departing from Utrecht and arriving at Gent via Brussels. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 32m.

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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 3h 11m.

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The distance between Utrecht and Ghent is 151 km. The road distance is 187.4 km.

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The best way to get from Utrecht to Ghent without a car is to train which takes 3h 11m and costs 60€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 3h 11m to get from Utrecht to Ghent, including transfers.

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Utrecht to Ghent bus services, operated by Blablabus, 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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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Utrecht to Ghent.
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  • Distance: 151.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 11m

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

You can take a train from Utrecht to Ghent via Rotterdam Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 3h 11m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 480€
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 20 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 24€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
17€ - 24€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Roosendaal
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 24€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
17€ - 24€
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 19€
Website
NS
Book at
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 Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
4 times a day
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
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
Train from Roosendaal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 8€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
5€ - 8€
1st Class
8€ - 13€
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
12€ - 17€
Train from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 18€
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
16€ - 18€
1st Class
21€ - 24€
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Utrecht to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
Blablabus
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Brussels to Gent
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2€ - 3€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bravo
Phone
0900-9292
Email
klantenservice@bravo.info
Website
bravo.info
Bus from Utrecht, Centraal Jaarbeurszijde to Breda, Centraal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€
Website
Bravo
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Meersel-Dreef Nieuwe Dreef to Antwerpen Roosevelt perron C5
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
2€
single ticket
3€

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Utrecht to Ghent bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Gent 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 2h 1m to drive from Utrecht to Ghent.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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