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Staying in Ghent - question about lodging location

I am traveling by myself to the Netherlands and Belgium next May. I am flying into Amsterdam and will be there for four nights then am traveling by train to Ghent where I plan to spend 3 nights and then head back to the Netherlands for another 2 nights before I fly back from Amsterdam. I have found a nice private room and bath in Ghent called Bed In Gent that looks like it would be perfect, and plan on booking my room soon. It is located very near the Gent-Dampoort train station, which will be nice for me since I have luggage (not a lot - one rolling carry-on and a personal bag, but still...).

However, since I am using Ghent as a base to see Bruges and Brussels, I am wondering how inconvenient it will be to get to the other train station, Gent-Sint-Pieters, as it is my understanding that this is the station I would need for travel to Bruges and other areas - and is also closer to the city center (at least I think it is).

Would I be better off finding a place closer to Gent-Sint-Pieters, or do you think it's close enough? I should say I am an older woman but like to walk and am in relatively good health. :)

Posted by
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Dampoort station is much closer to the centre than St Pieters.

There are usually 3 trains per hour between the stations and many buses, it's only about 15 minutes to St Pieters so getting to Brussels will be no problem.

But for Bruges you don't need to change, the Antwerpen-Oostende trains call at Dampoort a few minutes before the hour and at Bruges 36 minutes later. Don't forget the Flemish spelling on signs will be Brugge. For the return ride they leave Bruges at 26 minutes past the hour, destination Antwerpen.

And from Amsterdam, change trains at Antwerpen Centraal to go direct to Dampoort.

Posted by
286 posts

Thank you so much, SteveB! That is exactly what I needed to know - sometimes it's hard to pinpoint where the city centre is. And that's very good to know about changing trains in Antwerp. I appreciate your help!

Posted by
1464 posts

I see that there is already posted prepairing mine......

For transportation Gent-Dampoort is not a bad place as it is at walking distance from “Bed in Gent”. Advantage is that having a trainticket the train to Gent-Sint-Pieters from where you are you going to travel further is included. Train tickets between major places in Belgium like Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent with multiple train stations are not point to point, but zone to zone, meaning you can change at train stations within that zone without needing an extra ticket.
Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort belong to zone Gent, so for instance coming from Brussels you can change at Sint-Pieters for going to Dampoort as already said using the same ticket. Btw Antwerp has a direct connection with Gent-Dampoort. Gent-Sint-Pieters is to far from the centre for walking, you need the tram but takes just about 10 min. and costs €3 for one ride. If you don’t mind you can walk from your B&B to the centre or taking the bus is possible too from a nearby stop there. Costs also €3 each ride using the same tickets, you can buy 10 ride passes for €15 or day passes for €6 to save money at presale points and ticket machines.

From time to time I walk through that part of Ghent where your B&B is located, so a bit familiar with it. It is a working class neighbourhood and as far as I know there are no safety issues, but ask them if there are things you have to know before booking. The B&B itself looks fancy enough if you ask me.

Posted by
286 posts

Thank you, Wil! That is good to know about the neighborhood - and also the information about tram tickets and ride passes. The Bed in Gent owner was very friendly by email and the photos look nice. I don't really care that much about the room as long as it's fairly clean, since I hope not to be spending too much time in it. But for €55 a night, it will work for me. :)

Posted by
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I was in Gent by myself for a week this past April, and I'm 60+, walked a lot, even at night, and used the trams and train (Sint-Pieter's), and had no safety concerns whatsoever. Have a great trip!

Posted by
286 posts

Thanks - I'm not concerned about safety. I've traveled solo through most of Europe and find it far safer than the US. I was thinking more in terms of logistics (and my feet!). :)