Thinking of visiting Ghent in Belgium? Although I’d recommend spending two or three days in Ghent (I spend 2 days there), it is possible to spend just one day in Ghent and see the main sights of the city. Today, I’m here to help you to plan your Ghent itinerary.
I first visited Belgium way back in 1991 when I was still a child (11 years old), and pretty much all I remember from that trip is the chocolate! Needless to say I returned in adulthood in 2010, and again for another week this autumn (2023).
Ghent is the third largest city in Flanders (the Northern Dutch speaking part of Belgium). The city of Ghent is a port city and a popular University town, with a historical centre full of stunning medieval architecture. Ghent is famous for its hipster vibe, sweet shops and Moules-Frites (Mussels and chips!).
Getting there and away
Ghent is accessible from Brussels-Midi train station which has the Eurostar direct from London St Pancras. Flights go to Brussels from most major UK airports including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. I flew to Brussels Charleroi from Liverpool with Ryanair for just £17.99! Take the Flibco bus to Brussels and then the train from Brussels Midi to Gent-Sint-Pieters.
From Ghent-Sint-Pieters you can take the tram to the city centre (takes around 15 mins) or you can walk along the riverside in about half an hour. Hiring a bike or electric scooter is also a good option.
Ways to explore Ghent Belgium
The great news is the Ghent is a very walkable city and best explored by foot. There are some great walking tours that you can book, which I really enjoy because you can learn more about the history and culture of a place, and all meet other travellers as well.
It’s a pleasure to explore the charming historic center of Ghent on foot, filled with narrow…