3 – 6 July Ghent, Belgium

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:

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

You have plenty of options to reach Ghent. While you can probably make it to Ghent on foot or by canoe or kayak, we advise you to come by train, plane, international coach or car.

By train

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.

By plane

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.

Brussels Airport

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.

By international coach

Three international coach companies provide connections to Ghent as well. Their coaches stop at the Gent-Dampoort railway station.

By car

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.