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Train travel from Amsterdam to Ghent

Heading to Ghent from Amsterdam? Avoid the hassle of renting a car and navigating unfamiliar roads by taking the train. In just a little over two hours and with one easy change, you’ll be transported to the main station of the lively university town. Spend your day (or days) exploring the many traditional Flemish cafes and discovering pretty Medieval streets at every turn. You’ll travel on a high-speed Thalys train which offers free WiFi and access to a restaurant car to keep you fuelled up throughout.

Want a little more space to stretch out? Book Premium tickets and you’ll get wider seats and access to the Thalys Lounge in Amsterdam. Find out more by scrolling down for our FAQs and train times for this route.

Amsterdam to Ghent by train

It takes an average of 2h 52m to travel from Amsterdam to Ghent by train, over a distance of around 104 miles (168 km). There are normally 31 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Ghent and tickets for this journey start from €24.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 09m
Price€24.50 - €93.10
Distance104 miles (168 km)
Frequency31 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationGhent
Changes1 change
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Amsterdam to Ghent train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Ghent for Tuesday 14th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:15 13:32 2h 17m, 1 change
11:23 13:32 2h 09m, 2 changes
11:25 14:32 3h 07m, 1 change
11:29 14:32 3h 03m, 2 changes
12:25 15:32 3h 07m, 1 change
12:29 15:32 3h 03m, 2 changes
14:15 16:32 2h 17m, 1 change
14:23 16:32 2h 09m, 2 changes
15:25 18:32 3h 07m, 1 change
15:29 18:32 3h 03m, 2 changes

Thalys trains from Amsterdam to Ghent

You can travel from Amsterdam to Ghent on Thalys 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.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam to Ghent

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Ghent start at €24.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €61.33.
lowest price found
from24.50
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price45.31
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price50.05
on the day
avg. single price61.33

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 Amsterdam 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Ghent is 2 hours and 52 minutes, with around 31 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 Amsterdam and Ghent by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam to Ghent is 2 hours and 9 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Ghent cost?

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Ghent can start from as little as €24.50 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 Amsterdam to Ghent?

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

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

The first train from Amsterdam to Ghent leaves at 03:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Amsterdam to Ghent leaves at 21:29. 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 Amsterdam and Ghent by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam to Ghent cover a distance of around 104 miles (168 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Ghent to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Amsterdam to Ghent.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam to Ghent for a typical week day using timetable data for 14/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 09/07/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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