Finally, the Ghent Light Festival is back! Everyone is ready for 5 days of enlightment, so a lot of people are planning to come to Ghent. To make sure everything goes smoothly, here's an overview of the best possible options to reach Ghent hasslefree.

By car

If you arrive by car, you can park in one of the P+R car parks or underground public parkings (except for parking Vrijdagmarkt). These car parks are located outside the Light Festival trail (not accessible to motorised traffic from 31/1 to 3/2 from 5.30 PM till 1 AM and on 4/2 from 4.30 PM till 1 AM) and have an easy connection to public transportation so that you can get to the Light Festival safely.

Do you still need to park in the city centre? Then take into account the Low Emission Zone and the temporary ban on on-street parking.

If you have a parking card for persons with reduced mobility, you can park in the reserved parking spaces indicated on the map below (on-street parking is temporarily suspended).

P+R car parks

Connection with a tram:

  • P + R The Loop/ Flanders Expo (2800 free parking spaces) - Adolphe Pégoudlaan: From tram stop Flanders Expo, where several ticket machines are located, tram 1 runs via Gent Sint-Pieters station to Koophandelsplein and back (till 1 AM).
  • P + R Sint-Pietersstation (300 paying parking spaces) - Sint- Denijslaan: From the Sint-Pietersstation tram stop, where you will find several ticket machines and Lijnwinkel, tram 1 and 3 run to Koophandelsplein and back (till 1AM).
  • P + R Neptunus (142 free parking spaces) - Botestraat: From the Botestraat tram stop, where you can find a ticket machine, tram 2 goes to the Gravensteen tram stop and back (till 1 AM).
  • P + R Gentbrugge Arsenaal (280 free parking spaces) - Brusselsesteenweg 602: From tram stop Schooldreef, take tram 2 to Korenmarkt and back. Attention: Rides after 1 AM towards P + R only go as far as tram stop Stelplaats (700m walk to P + R).
  • P + R Gentbrugge E17(207 free parking spaces) - Land Van Rodelaan: From tram stop Gentbrugge P+R, take tram 2 to Korenmarkt and back. Attention: Rides after 1 AM towards P + R only go as far as tram stop Stelplaats (300m walk to P + R).
  • P + R Ledeberg (500 paying parking places) - Hundelgemsesteenweg 2B: From the tram stop Hundelgemsesteenweg, tram 1 and 3 go to Koophandelsplein and back (till 1 AM).

Check the De Lijn route planner in advance for the most up to date information.

Connection by bus:

  • P + R Watersportbaan (226 free parking spaces) - Zuiderlaan: Bus 11 (direction Gentbrugge) will drive between the P+R and the Korenmarkt stop in the city centre until 1 AM.

Check the traffic dashboard in advance for real-time traffic info on the available parking spaces of both the bicycle parking, car parking and P+R's.

By public transportation


By train to Ghent:

If you come to Ghent by train you can get off at 2 stations.

Make sure you use the WEEKEND Ticket (Fri-Sun) for a nice discount.

The tram or bus of De Lijn:

De Lijn has adjusted its timetable for the Light Festival Ghent. You can buy tickets through various channels: in the De Lijn shops, at the ticket machines, through the De Lijn app or website or contactless on the bus or tram.

By taxi

Would you rather be transported? You can take a taxi at specific locations in the city centre and beyond. These are indicated on the map below Please note that taxis are not allowed to drive through/ along or cross the Light Festival trail.

By coach

Parking at the Gent-Dampoort railway station – parking and/or alighting/boarding.
Simply follow Slachthuisstraat all the way to the end and you will end up at the information point at Coyendanspark, where you can join the route.

Your guests can also alight and board (free of charge, max. 30 minutes) at the Godshuizenlaan K&R or at the Bijlokekaai K&R, which can host about 8 coaches. Subsequently park the coach at the free Yachtdreef car park (which can host up to 14 coaches).