On Sundays the shops are closed, except during the Christmas festivities, when the city organises so-called ‘shopping Sundays’.
A fun alternative are the typical markets on Sunday mornings.
As an individual visitor you can join an introductory walk in the historical city centre. The 2-hour walks start at 2 p.m. at the Tourist Information Office.
- May to September: daily (but NOT during the Ghent Festivities)
- April: Saturdays and Sundays, and Easter Monday.
- October to March: Saturdays only.
From Monday to Friday in combination with a visit to the City Hall. On Saturdays and Sundays combination with a visit to St Bavo’s Cathedral.
Registration ONLY ON SITE between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Tourist Information Office Visit Gent.
Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station is a 40-minute walk from the historic city centre. You can get to the city centre in about 15 to 20 minutes with tram 1 (direction Wondelgem/Evergem), get off at “Gravensteen” (Castle of the Counts). Here you will also find the tourist office.
A tram ticket costs 3 euros and can be bought from the ticket vending machine, in the Lijnwinkel or from the driver. A one-way ticket gives you one hour of unlimited travel, during which you can transfer as many times as you wish. After an hour you can still complete your journey but no longer transfer trams.
The Museum of Fine Arts, the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK) and the STAM Ghent City Museum are all located in the Arts Quarter. These museums are a mere 15 to 20-minute walk from Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station. Follow the clear signs for pedestrians to easily get to your destination. You can also take tram 1 (direction Wondelgem/Evergem) and get off at the “Van Nassaustraat” stop.
The CityCard Gent is an affordable all-in access ticket to all the main monuments, museums and top attractions in Ghent. It also includes a boat trip and access to trams and buses.
This all-in ticket costs only € 25 or € 30 and allows you to explore the city for 48 or 72 hours respectively. Most museums are free of charge for youngsters under the age of 19, so they don’t need to purchase a CityCard.
The card is scanned at every site, except on trams and buses. To use public transport fill in the date of first use overleaf and show your card to the driver/inspector.
You can buy a CityCard at the inquirydesk Visit Gent, in the museums, monuments hotels and De Lijn outlets.
The main shopping streets include Veldstraat, Zonnestraat, Kouter, Brabantdam, Vlaanderenstraat, Koestraat, Mageleinstraat, Henegouwenstraat, Hoogpoort and Onderbergen.
The main sights in Ghent are St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb, the Castle of the Counts, Graslei and Korenlei. These are all within walking distance of each other in the city centre. You can collect your free walking map from the tourist office in the Old Fish Market.
You can find the various boating companies in Graslei, Korenlei, Vleeshuisbrug, Groentenmarkt and Kraanlei.