How to access Het Pand?
Location: Ghent University's 13th-century conference facility Het Pand is situated behind Saint Michael's Church, Ghent.
Address: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent, Tel. +32 9 264 8305
- Arriving by plane, you will most likely land at Belgium's national airport in Zaventem (outside Brussels). You'll find a train station inside the airport with connections to Brussels Central station, where you can transfer to the train to Ghent. You can find the latest information about the timetables on the Belgian train website.
- If arriving by plane and landing at Brussels Charleroi, you can best take the shuttle bus Flibco which will take you to Gent Dampoort Station in 1 hour 30 minutes. From there, you can take a bus or tram that will take you to a stop near the conference venue Het Pand. Alternatively, you can also go from Brussels-Charleroi Airpot to Gent Sint Pieters Station by bus and train, which will approximately take around 2 hours 30 minutes. This will require taking a bus from Charleroi Airport to Charleroi station, then taking a train to Ghent Sint Pieters (with a transfer in Brussels).
From Antwerp or Lille take the E17. From Brussels, the E40. Parking garages in Ghent are divided into long-stay parking and short or medium-stay parking garages. We recommend the long-stay parking Ramen or the short-stay parking Sint-Michiels. 10 hours parking (14 euro) in Ramen entitles you to park for 24 hours. This means that the parking cost per 24 hours at Ramen is never higher than 14 euro. Please note that parking Ramen is in the low emission zone (LEZ) of Ghent, so not all vehicles are allowed to enter this zone. Check whether your vehicle is allowed to enter via the following link. Additional information about parking in Ghent can be found here.
For timetables and reservations for high-speed connections from Paris try the Thalys website. London also has a high-speed connection with information available from the Eurostar website. Other European rail connections can be found at the Eurail website.
For information on Belgian trains, you can install the NMBS app or use the Belgian Train website. Gent has two stations: GENT SINT-PIETERS and GENT DAMPOORT. Gent Sint-Pieters will most likely be your station. From there, take tram number 1 into the city center, getting off at the Korenmarkt (ring the bell when the tram turns a sharp left beside the large grey cathedral). From the Korenmarkt, walk across the bridge towards St Michiel's church. Just past the church, turn left sharply and walk a short way around the bend. Het Pand will be on your left. There is also a taxi stand at the station.
More detailed information about Gent's public transport system (Tram & Bus) can be found at De Lijn's website (Buses and Trams of Flanders). Tram and bus tickets cost 1,5 euro and are good for 1 hour within the city center. Day passes are also available for €3, as are 3-day passes for €7.50. Much that you will want to see in Gent, however, is within walking distance of the conference. Taxis can be contacted at V-Taxi (09) 225 2525. Eurojet Airport taxi: 0478 802 901 (70€ Gent-Brussels Airport).
- Ibis Gent Centrum St-Baafs Kathedraal (8 minutes walking to Het Pand)
- Monasterium PoortAckere (4 minutes walking to Het Pand)
- Hotel Gravensteen: is a three-star hotel in the middle of the historic center. The hotel overlooks the Gravensteen, the main attraction of Ghent and an outstanding piece of medieval heritage. You spend the night in a 19th century patrician house with an impressive entrance hall. (6 minutes walking to Het Pand)
A great overview of restaurants, cafés and coffee houses in Ghent can be found here.