Stretch your sea legs: the view of Ghent from the water is absolutely charming. Take a boat ride during your city break or weekend trip. There are various boat tours organised on the rivers and canals in Ghent. Travel back in time. Immerse yourself in the city of Emperor Charles V and discover hidden secrets.

Ship ahoy!

These boat companies offer enjoyable trips on Ghent’s gentle waters. Traditional boat trips are held daily. To find out about themed tours, contact one of the boat companies in advance. The captain on board provides a guided tour in several languages. 

The people of Bootjes in Gent and Gent Watertoerist are happy to help you on board with your wheelchair (if there are multiple people with a wheelchair, please let us know beforehand). 


The Ghent water tram: hop-on, hop-off

From 1 April to 1 November Ghent will also feature a water tram service, which makes a circuit around the city. Jump aboard at one of the water stops. It’s free with the CityCard!

Boat Trips - sail yourself

Don’t feel like joining a shared boat trip and don’t want someone else to take the helm? Rent a vessel without skipper for yourself or your party. Book the boat of your choice in advance and you are sure to have a vessel. You can guide your party through Ghent’s inland waterways yourself or take a trip down the river Lys if you prefer something more laid back.