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Travel from Ghent to Mechelen by train in 48 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Ghent to Mechelen by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Ghent to Mechelen by train is 1 hour 11 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 48 minutes. You'll usually find 91 trains per day traveling the 53 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Mechelen. Trains on this route are operated by SNCB, the national rail operator in Belgium. Whether you're traveling on one of their Intercity or local services, all trains are modern and comfortable.

Book train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $12.94. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Ghent to Mechelen by train

It takes an average of 1h 11m to travel from Ghent to Mechelen by train, over a distance of around 33 miles (53 km). There are normally 91 trains per day traveling from Ghent to Mechelen and tickets for this journey start from $12.94 when you book in advance.

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53 miles (33 km)


91 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $12.94

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Ghent to Mechelen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Ghent to Mechelen for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:21 12:28 1h 7m, direct
11:27 12:37 1h 10m, 1 change
11:57 12:46 49m, direct
12:00 13:13 1h 13m, 1 change
12:21 13:28 1h 7m, direct
12:27 13:37 1h 10m, 1 change
12:57 13:46 49m, direct
13:00 14:13 1h 13m, 1 change
13:21 14:28 1h 7m, direct
13:27 14:37 1h 10m, 1 change

SNCB trains from Ghent to Mechelen

You can travel from Ghent to Mechelen on SNCB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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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.

Cheap train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen

The price of train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen starts at $12.94 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Ghent to Mechelen

Want to know more about your journey from Ghent to Mechelen? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Ghent to Mechelen take?

The average journey time by train between Ghent and Mechelen is 1 hour and 11 minutes, with around 91 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Ghent and Mechelen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Ghent to Mechelen is 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Ghent to Mechelen cost?

Train tickets from Ghent to Mechelen can start from as little as $12.94 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.

Is there a direct train from Ghent to Mechelen?

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.

What time does the first train from Ghent to Mechelen leave?

The first train from Ghent to Mechelen leaves at 04:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Ghent to Mechelen leave?

The last train from Ghent to Mechelen leaves at 23:40. 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.

What's the distance between Ghent and Mechelen by train?

Trains travelling from Ghent to Mechelen cover a distance of around 33 miles (53 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Mechelen to Ghent.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Ghent to Mechelen for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 03/28/2023 for travel on 03/28/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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