Travel & Accommodation
If you are attending ISIPTA 2019, you will need to travel to Ghent and find a place to stay. If you were looking for some help arranging this you have come to the right place, because here you will find all necessary information to get you started. Before booking, please note that the conference consists of four full days, so you should travel on the 2nd and the 7th and find accommodation for five nights.
Accommodation during the conference is not included in the registration fee. Plenty of options are available; we refer to Visit Gent or Booking.com for exhaustive lists. The following hotel suggestions provide a good starting point:
- Ibis Gent Centrum St Baafs Kathedraal Hotel
- Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel
- Novotel Gent Centrum
- NH Gent Belfort
- Castelnou Aparthotel
- Cour Saint Georges
- Ghent Marriott Hotel
- Hotel Gravensteen
It is also worth checking out Airbnb.com, especially if you are interested in sharing an apartment with your colleagues or other travel companions. Alternatively, hostels can provide a more budget-friendly accommodation option. However, keep in mind that these are typically aimed at backpackers. We refer to specialised websites—for instance HostelWorld.com—for a complete overview; the following three suggestions provide a good starting point:
For your convenience, we have indicated the location of the above suggestions on the map below. The conference venue is indicated by the blue pin. Hotels are indicated by hotel and hostels are indicated by location_city; press an indicator on the map to see the name of the accommodation.
Travelling to Ghent
There are good train connections to Belgium (and Ghent) from England, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France. To plan your international journey, visit the website of SNCB international or contact your local railway company. When planning your journey, take into account that Ghent has two train stations: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort. The former is a public transport hub (trams and buses of De Lijn and taxis), while the latter receives far fewer trains but is slightly closer to the historical city centre. Both of these stations are indicated on the map above by train.
The two main airports of Belgium are Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport, but the airports of Ostend-Bruges, Antwerp and Liège also receive flights from various European cities. Note that you can also get to Ghent from the Amsterdam Schiphol or Paris Charles de Gaulle airports by train or bus in about 3 hours.
The most convenient way to get from Brussels Airport to Ghent is by train. The journey from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Gent-Sint-Pieters takes about 55 minutes (with a possible transfer at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi) and the fare for a one-way journey is about €16 (or about €12 if you are under 26 or over 65). You can check the timetable on the SNCB website or the SNCB app (available on iOS and Android). Tickets can can be obtained up front from the SNCB website or the SNCB app, but you can also buy your ticket from the ticket machines (also available in the baggage reclaim area) or the ticket office at the Brussel Airport - Zaventem railway station. Note that you need to scan your train ticket at the acces gates before you can enter the platform.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport
To get from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Ghent, you can take the bus or the train.
- Flibco operates a shuttle to Bruges that has a stop in Ghent. The coach leaves from Terminal 1 and stops at the “Kiss and Ride Zone” at the back of the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station. The shuttle runs nine times per day according to a fixed schedule and gets you to Ghent in about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Tickets cost between €5 and €20; you can purchase a ticket from the coach driver, but it is advised to book your ticket in advance.
- If you want to take the train to Ghent, you first need to take the shuttle (TEC ligne A) from Brussels South Charleroi airport to the Charleroi-Sud railway station. It departs every 30 minutes and takes about 17 minutes, as can be seen on this schedule. The train to Gent-Sint-Pieters from Charleroi-Sud takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a transfer at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. You can check the timetable on the SNCB website or the SNCB app (available on iOS and Android]). A combined train and bus ticket can be bought from the SNCB website or the SNCB app, which will cost you €22.20. If you are under 26 or above 65, it is cheaper to buy a TEC Bus Ticket from Charleroi Airport and a train ticket from Charleroi-Sud to Gent-Sint-Pieters (at reduced price) separately, which will cost you €12.40.
By international coach
Three international coach companies provide connections to Ghent as well. Their coaches stop at the Gent-Dampoort railway station.
- Flixbus offers direct connections to 45 European cities.
- DB IC bus operates direct connections to Lille, Eindhoven, Roermond and Düsseldorf.
- Eurolines also provides several connections to Ghent.
Getting to Ghent by car is also an option. You can use your favourite routeplanner (for instance Google Maps, Waze, OpenStreetMap or HERE WeGo) to plan your trip. However, you should be aware that the recently installed “circulation plan” complicates driving around the city centre: vehicles can only travel between the 7 sectors using the R40 ring road. A recently updated satnav system is essential! For an overview of free as well as paid parking facilities, we refer to the Visit Ghent website.