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"Arrival in Ghent" changes

Looks like Ghent has made some changes recently to their public transportation network and the connections from the train station to the center are not what is described in the guidebook or older forum posts. I think these changes were made effective Jan. 2024.

Google maps shows that Tram #1 (and #3) can still be used to get to the center but the closest stops are about a 7 min walk from the Korenmarkt, belfry, and cathedrals area.

It seems like the best option currently is bus P4 which does get close to Korenmarkt, with a stop just south of St. Nicholas' Cathedral.

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Yes, that's true. The trams and busses have been renumbered. They are doing track work on the street that carried the old Tram 1.

The P4 takes you directly to Korenmarkt. If you take the T1 tram and get off at the Gent Lippensplein tram stop, it is still only a 5-7 minute walk (500 meters/1600 feet) to Korenmarkt.

https://www.delijn.be/en/

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1975 posts

The change is temporary while tracks are being relaid. So I would not change the guidebooks because of it. P4 is going to disappear once Tram 1 can return to its old route in 2029.

Posted by
33128 posts

2029 is another life away. Go ahead and change the book and say it may return before the end of the decade.

Posted by
2031 posts

Thanks for posting the information. We will review our transport needs for our visit this April.

Posted by
7654 posts

While guides can give some general information on transport, I rely on Google Maps while there. Just plug in my destination or general area, it tells me what is the best route plus other options, bus/tram numbers, where the stop is, and the map function shows where I need to get off. Simple.

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9 posts

Google maps is how I found out about the change, but it's a bit disconcerting to see the discrepancy since trams rely on fixed rail lines that don't often change. I felt a bit more digging was necessary to confirm such a change and I wanted to share the information with others.

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6452 posts

A bit more digging needed- an unintentional pun.

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5 posts

I’m in Ghent right now on the Rick Steves tour (the first of the season)!
P4 is the bus to Korenmarkt right now (getting off right next to St Nicholas Catherdal).
Regarding lockers at Gent Sint-Pieters train station: There are plenty of them in the “tunnel” that comes out next to the area where all the buses stop. I stored my luggage in a locker so I walk straight to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts-Ghent (10-15 min walk from the train station).

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5009 posts

How does one pay for the P4 bus? It's in my notes somewhere, but I just have too many notes right now! Thanks.

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5 posts

I purchased the bus ticket at a De Lijn kiosk; it was very easy to do. De Lijn is the public transportation company covering all of Flanders (northern, Flemish/Dutch-speaking portion of Belgium), so the same tickets work in Ghent, Bruge, etc. I have not done it, but I think you can simply use your credit card to AS THE TICKET.

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On our recent day trip to Ghent from Brussels, we also experienced the chaos of the Ghent Tram System. Wish we had read these posts before we left. One other word of caution to those who are traveling from Ghent to Brussels. The Ghent train station is undergoing major construction and access to some of the tracks, including those to Brussels using Track 7, require major detours. The signage is terrible and the detours are not clearly marked. Making it worse is that the original signage has not taken down and if you follow it, you wind up in a dead end. Frustrating if you are trying to make a specific train,