BioEquity Europe 2018 | May 14–16
FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT
Brussels Airport (Zaventem) is located about 70 km from the Het Pand conference venue in Ghent.
Airport website: https://www.brusselsairport.be/en
BY TRAIN, FROM AIRPORT
Brussels airport train station is located directly below the airport terminal, only a couple of minutes walk from the arrival halls. Escalators and lifts descend to the platform.
There are two direct trains to Ghent per hour:
- one departing :03 min past the hour, travel time 54 minutes
- one departing :25 min past the hour, travel time: 1:23 hours
On Monday and Tuesday morning, please come and see us at the BioEquity Europe Welcome desk in the Arrivals hall at Brussels Airport. We will provide you with complimentary train tickets to Ghent. If you wish to use this service, we kindly ask you to let us know your arrival and information by filling in this form.
Our team at the Welcome desk will also assist you with any other questions or other travel options to Ghent.
BY TAXI, FROM AIRPORT
Please follow the signs within the airport terminal to get to the official taxi stands in front of Brussels airport. You will find cars and larger vans which are ideal for group travellers. Official taxis in Belgium are metered, and many drivers speak English.
Travel time to the Het Pand conference venue is approx. 60 minutes. Costs are ca. EUR 100 from Brussels airport to Ghent.
URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN GHENT
Tram 1 will take you directly from Sint-Pieters train station to the city center of Ghent and to the Het Pand conference venue. The tram stop is on your right when exiting the train station.
It will take you about 15 to 20 minutes to arrive at the ‘Korenmarkt’ stop, from where it is a 5-minute walk to hotels or to Het Pand .
You can also take a bus to the city center. When exiting the train station, buses depart on the right-hand side. Get off at ‘Het Zuid’ or ‘Sint-Jacobs’ stop, then it is a 10 minutes walk to hotels or Het Pand. However, the tram is the recommended option.
A one-way tram or bus ticket will cost you EUR 1.80 (as of Jan 2018). You can buy tickets at machines at every tram/bus stop or request them via text on your phone.
All tram/bus rides are operated by De Lijn. Please check their website for more information: https://www.delijn.be/en
Ghent is located on the intersection of two major European motorways: The E17 connects Northern Europe to the South, and the E40 runs from the North Sea right across to Eastern Europe.
From the E17 you take the ‘Gent Centrum’ turnoff. On the E40, from the motorway intersection in Zwijnaarde you first follow ‘Antwerpen’ (E17) and then take the ‘Gent Centrum’ turnoff.
The centre of the city of Ghent is a pedestrian area. The P-route leads you to the various car parks that give access to the city centre. As soon as you enter the city, the digital signs of the P Route parking guidance system will quickly and conveniently direct you to the parking facility of your choice. If you wish to enter a pedestrian zone with a motorised vehicle between 11:00 and 18:00 you will need a permit to avoid getting a fine. Parking on public property in a pedestrian zone is not permitted.
The Circulation Plan
The Circulation Plan excludes through-traffic from the city centre, so pedestrians, cyclists, buses and trams have more space and motorists who genuinely need to drive in the city are able to reach their destination more quickly.
The city is being divided into seven sectors for the plan. Vehicles can travel between the various sectors using the ring road (R40). Please make sure to check in advance which roads to use to reach your destination, within the sector in question from the ring road. The center and center car parks remain accessible to cars.
All tourist accommodation is accessible by car.
Please check this website for more information: https://visit.gent.be