Ghent is easy to reach by car. The rebellious city of art is just a 45-minute drive from Bruges and Brussels (both 53 km) and less than an hour from Antwerp (60 km).

Ghent is located on the intersection of two major European motorways: the E17 and the E40. From the E17 you take the ‘Gent Centrum’ turnoff. On the E40, from the motorway intersection in Zwijnaarde you first follow ‘Antwerpen’ (E17) and then take the ‘Gent Centrum’ turnoff.

The Ghent city centre may be the largest pedestrianised shopping area in Flanders, but you can easily park your car nearby. The P-route leads you to the various car parks that give access to the city centre. As soon as you enter the city, the digital signs of the P Route parking guidance system will quickly and conveniently direct you to the parking facility of your choice.

Take the Circulation Plan into account.

The Circulation Plan excludes through traffic from the city centre. Pedestrians, cyclists, buses and trams have more space and motorists who genuinely need to drive in the city are able to reach their destination more quickly. 

The city is being divided into seven sectors for the plan. Vehicles can travel between the various sectors using the ring road (R40). It is therefore best to check in advance which approach roads to use to reach your destination, within the sector in question, from the ring road. The centre and centre car parks remain accessible to cars.