You can also park on the street, but please note that Ghent has 5 car-free areas that together form the pedestrian zone. If you need to drive in the pedestrian zone with a motorized vehicle, a permit is obligatory. This way you avoid a fine. Parking on a public domain in the pedestrian zone is not allowed.
Are you coming to Ghent by car (own or a rental car) and do you want to use the hotel car park (in the pedestrian zone)? Please provide your license plate when making the booking. The hotel will then ensure you can enter the car-free area by car.
Ghent has a low emission zone
The Ghent city centre (the area enclosed by the ring road) has been designated as a low emission zone (LEZ) with the purpose of improving the quality of the air. The majority of the paid car parks are located within the low-emission zone, with the exception of the Gent Zuid (P3) car park, Gent-Dampoort car park and Gent-Sint-Pieters car park.
Register your vehicle to avoid a fine.
Your vehicle’s Euro standard and fuel type determine whether or not you are allowed to enter the city centre of Ghent. Clean cars can enter the city, polluting cars must pay. If your vehicle is allowed to enter the city centre but you do not have a Belgian or Dutch number plate, you should ALWAYS register it!