Two European motorways (E17 and E40) intersect in Ghent. If you arrive from the E17, take the exit “Gent Centrum”. If you arrive at the cloverleaf interchange in Zwijnaarde from the E40, first follow the direction of Antwerp (E17) and then take the exit “Gent Centrum”.
Coach drivers who want to drop off their customers at a hotel within the pedestrian zone can request a permit from the hotel.
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. Buses and coaches are to meet the applicable requirements as well. Only buses for transporting people with disabilities are exempt from the entry requirements.
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!
Stopping and parking in Ghent
Passengers can quickly and easily reach the pedestrian areas of the city centre from the different Kiss & Ride areas and car parks.
Less mobile passengers (elderly people, wheelchair users, small children) can disembark at the loading and unloading are at De Poel. Parking is not allowed there. This stop is situated in the “Coupure” sector. Don’t forget to get a ticket for 15 minutes’ free parking at the pay and display machine.
Parking area Station Gent Dampoort (B1)
This parking area is situated next to the Gent Dampoort railway station and in the immediate vicinity of the historic St Bavo’s Abbey, at the place where Ghent was first founded in the seventh century. The parking fee is € 1.50 per hour or € 6 for an entire day. This parking area can accommodate 24 coaches.
Passengers can reach the historic city centre on foot in less than 15 minutes via the Portus Ganda marina. People who are less mobile can take bus 3, 17, 18, 38 or 39.
Parking area Yachtdreef (B2)
This parking area is situated at the Watersportbaan. Coaches are allowed to park here throughout the year (without restrictions as to parking time). There is room for 14 coaches.
Ghent by coach
This publication tells you how and where you can drop off your passengers and park.
Local coach operators
Ghent has a wide selection of local coach operators. See the list below for an overview.