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Travelling by high-speed train from Paris to Ghent

The average train time from Paris to Ghent is 2h 51m, although it takes just 1h 54m on the fastest Thalys or TGV INOUI services. There are around 24 trains per day running from Paris in France to Ghent in Belgium, and your journey will require one change along the way, usually in Brussels or Lille. The changeover time is normally around 20m.

  • All trains depart from Paris Gare du Nord station.
  • All trains arrive into Gent-Sint-Pieters station.

Step on board a high-speed Thalys or TGV train and set off on a two-hour journey from Paris to the Belgian city of Ghent. If it’s a Thalys train you’re travelling on, you'll be able to choose from Standard, Comfort and Premium Class on board, and every train has its own restaurant and speedy WiFi. TGV services offer First and Second Class, double-decker trains and free WiFi.

By far one of Belgium's true treasures, once you arrive into Gent-Sint-Pieters station you'll be able to start exploring its awe-inspiring architecture and unique attractions straight away. It's one of the oldest cities in Belgium, boasting medieval and classical buildings all around, and it’s becoming a top spot for foodies too, with some terrific restaurants and bars.

Ready to book your trip from Paris to Ghent by train? Start a search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train timetables and FAQs about the journey.

Paris to Ghent by train

It takes an average of 3h 21m to travel from Paris to Ghent by train, over a distance of around 164 miles (264 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Paris to Ghent and tickets for this journey start from $26.94 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 10m
PriceFrom $26.94
Distance164 miles (264 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
First train05:44
Last train20:59
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationGhent
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus

Paris to Ghent train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Ghent for Tuesday May 25th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:53 11:06 2h 13m, 1 change
09:13 12:24 3h 11m, 2 changes
09:37 11:57 2h 20m, 1 change
09:49 13:24 3h 35m, 2 changes
11:22 13:32 2h 10m, 1 change
12:12 15:20 3h 8m, 2 changes
14:43 17:24 2h 41m, 2 changes
16:07 18:21 2h 14m, 1 change
16:19 18:32 2h 13m, 1 change
17:41 20:21 2h 40m, 2 changes

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Ghent

The price of train tickets from Paris to Ghent starts at $26.94 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 Paris 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 Paris to Ghent

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

The average journey time by train between Paris and Ghent is 3 hours and 21 minutes, with around 20 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 Paris and Ghent by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Ghent is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Ghent cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Ghent can start from as little as $26.94 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 Paris to Ghent?

No, there are no direct train services from Paris to Ghent. Travelling from Paris to Ghent by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Paris to Ghent leaves at 05:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Ghent leaves at 20:59. 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 Paris and Ghent by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Ghent cover a distance of around 164 miles (264 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Ghent to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Ghent for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/25/2021. 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 04/24/2021 for travel on 04/24/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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