Ghent is the capital of the province East-Flanders. The spoken language is Dutch, but many people will speak English as their second or third language.
Ghent is a city where past and present co-exist. Walking trough the city with it's scenic canals feels like traveling trough the past. The city is filled with ancient and modern culture.
Motorized vehicles are banned in a large part of the city. However, Ghent has an extensive network of public transport lines. Ghent also has the largest designated cyclist area in Europe, with nearly 400 kilometres (250 mi) of cycle paths and more than 700 one-way streets, where bikes are allowed to go against the traffic.
Ghent Tourist Map
Sightseeing in Ghent
Traveling on a tight budget or not, sightseeing and exploring the historical city center is probably the best way to spend your time in Ghent. Don’t want to explore the city alone? No problem, you can always join a free daily walking tour. More information: http://gentfreewalkingtours.com/
Things you should see during your visit:
The Graslei and Korenlei
Sint Baafs Cathedral
Getting around in Ghent
The busses and tram lines in Ghent are operated by De Lijn. Single Tickets cost 3€ and are valid for 60minutes. Within this time period you can change lines unlimited. After the 60 minutes you can continue your ride towards your destination. If you need to change lines again, you need to buy a new ticket.
It’s advised to buy your tickets in presale at trainstations, grocery stores or newspaper stalls. On board, you can only pay with euro coins or maximum a 10€ bill.
Daypasses cost 6€ in presale and are available at Railway Stations, news paper stalls and grocery stores. When you buy them on the bus or tram, you’ll pay 8€.
Ghent Tram Map:
Car Parking in Ghent
Travelers by car are advised to park their car outside the city on one of the free P&R's, which have excellent connection with public transport. If you're booking a hotel in Ghent it's advised to search a hotel with parking spaces, or one that's located in the orange or green parking zone.