Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) is well connected to countries all over the world. At the airport there is an underground railway station. About 4 trains per hour leave to Brussels (trip takes about 15 min). Main stations at Brussels are 'Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord' (first one coming from the direction air port), ‘Brussel-Centraal/Bruxelles-Central' and ‘Brussel-Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi'. Continue at one of these stations with a direct train Brussels-Ghent (trips takes about 35 min), which will stop at ‘Gent Sint-Pieters’ railway station. Travel information: www.b-rail.be. If your hotel is down town, continue by tram 1 (each 6 minutes, trip down town takes about 15 minutes) to the city centre. Alternatively take a taxi.
If you’re flying on Charleroi airport, take one of the (blue) shuttle buses that depart just outside the airport terminal every 30 minutes. The shuttle brings you to the train station ‘Brussels South’ (‘Brussel-Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi') in approximately one hour.
Remark 1: Some of the direct trains to Ghent can be taken at the ‘Brussels National Airport’ station itself.
Remark 2: At Brussels or Brussels National Airport also indirect trains to Ghent are available. Those take however much longer.
By public transport:
Most international trains (including both the Thalys and the Eurostar) arrive at the train station ‘Brussel-Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi’, continue by direct train Brussels-Ghent to ‘Gent Sint-Pieters’ railway station (see as described above).
Eurolinesand Flixbus offer a direct bus connection to the train station ‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’ from nearly every big town in every European country.
Ghent is at the intersection of the highways E17 and E40.
It is most convenient to have your hotel down town. This makes you stay close to the historic heart of Ghent: a place of relaxation between the sights of the medieval structures, elaborate shopping and student life.
The teaching venue is at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, which is building 904 located at the Technology Campus ('Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde') of UGent just at the boarder of the city. From the 'Sint-Pieters' railway station, the Magnel Laboratory can be reached as follows.
Take the Campus Shuttle Bus. This dedicated shuttle bus service is available every 15min between 7u30-9u30 and between 16u30-18u30. The pick-up point is located at the 'De Lijn' bus stop at the back of the railway station (Voskenslaan, see picture here). The first bus stop at campus is nearby building 904. The shuttle bus is free, identify yourself at the bus driver as visiting UGent student.
From the 'Sint-Pieters' station there are many public buses: