|Journey time||From 47m|
|Distance||33 miles (53 km)|
|Frequency||88 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||SNCB|
SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Ghent and Mechelen is 1 hour and 11 minutes, with around 88 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Ghent to Mechelen is 47 minutes.
Train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen can start from as little as $13.73 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Ghent to Mechelen without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Ghent to Mechelen each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Ghent to Mechelen leaves at 04:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Ghent to Mechelen leaves at 23:49. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Ghent to Mechelen cover a distance of around 33 miles (53 km) during the journey.