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Travel from Mechelen to Ghent by train in 48 minutes

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

The average journey time from Mechelen to Ghent by train is 1 hour 11 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 48 minutes. You'll usually find 89 trains per day traveling the 53 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Ghent. 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 Mechelen to Ghent in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $12.47. 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.

Mechelen to Ghent by train

It takes an average of 1h 11m to travel from Mechelen to Ghent by train, over a distance of around 33 miles (53 km). There are normally 89 trains per day traveling from Mechelen to Ghent and tickets for this journey start from $12.47 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 48m
PriceFrom $12.47
Distance33 miles (53 km)
Frequency89 trains per day
First train00:29
Last train23:47
Departure stationMechelen
Arrival stationGhent
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCB

Mechelen to Ghent train times

Check out the next trains departing from Mechelen to Ghent for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:15 13:03 48m, direct
12:18 13:32 1h 14m, 1 change
12:24 13:33 1h 9m, 1 change
12:31 13:39 1h 8m, direct
12:47 13:57 1h 10m, 1 change
13:15 14:03 48m, direct
13:18 14:32 1h 14m, 1 change
13:24 14:33 1h 9m, 1 change
13:31 14:38 1h 7m, direct
13:47 14:57 1h 10m, 1 change

SNCB trains from Mechelen to Ghent

You can travel from Mechelen to Ghent 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.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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 Mechelen to Ghent

The price of train tickets from Mechelen to Ghent starts at $12.47 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 Mechelen to Ghent 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 Mechelen to Ghent

Want to know more about your journey from Mechelen to Ghent? 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 Mechelen to Ghent take?

The average journey time by train between Mechelen and Ghent is 1 hour and 11 minutes, with around 89 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 Mechelen and Ghent by train?

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

How much does the train from Mechelen to Ghent cost?

Train tickets from Mechelen to Ghent can start from as little as $12.47 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 Mechelen to Ghent?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Mechelen to Ghent without having to change trains. There are 34 direct trains from Mechelen to Ghent each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Mechelen to Ghent leaves at 00:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Mechelen to Ghent leaves at 23:47. 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 Mechelen and Ghent by train?

Trains travelling from Mechelen to Ghent 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 Ghent to Mechelen.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Mechelen to Ghent for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 11/28/2022 for travel on 11/28/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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