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.
Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.
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.§
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 Amsterdam and Ghent is 2 hours and 43 minutes, with around 15 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 Amsterdam to Ghent is 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Ghent can start from as little as €24.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
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.
The first train from Amsterdam to Ghent leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Ghent leaves at 19:25. 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 Amsterdam to Ghent cover a distance of around 105 miles (168 km) during the journey.