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.
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.
|Journey time||From 2h 10m|
|Distance||164 miles (264 km)|
|Frequency||20 trains per day|
|Train and bus operators||Flixbus|
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Ghent is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Paris to Ghent leaves at 05:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Paris to Ghent cover a distance of around 164 miles (264 km) during the journey.