Global food security and food safety: The role of universities
September 17 - 19, 2018,
How to get to the venue
The conference will take place in the so-called building E of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Campus Coupure, Coupure 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Transport to the conference venue
Getting to Belgium by airplane
The closest airport to Ghent is Brussels National Airport (BRU), a.k.a. Zaventem, 67 km from Ghent. There
are direct flights to all major European cities several times per day.
Getting to Ghent by train
If you are coming from France, the Netherlands, parts of Germany, or even the UK, it may be faster and/or cheaper to take a train. There are high-speed trains running from all these countries to Belgium (TGV, Thalys, ICE or Eurostar). High speed trains require reservations. While you may be able to purchase your ticket in the train station, we recommend you to book it prior to your departure. More detailed information can be found below.
Getting from Brussels airport to Ghent
The train leaves inside the airport (lower level – follow signs). The departure station is called Brussel Nationaal Luchthaven (Brussel-Nat-Luchthaven or Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport in French). The destination station is Gent Sint-Pieters (Gand St.-Pierre in French). Tickets can be bought in the train station for about 16 euros per person for a one-way ticket.
There are three trains per hour to Ghent, one of which is a direct fast train (53 min), one of which is a
slow direct train (1h32), and one of which requires a connection in Brussels Nord (59 min). You can take any of these
three trains from the airport. However, if you are not on the fast direct train, you should get off in any of the three
Brussels stations (Bruxelles Nord/Brussel Noord, Bruxelles Central/Brussel Centraal, or Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid) and
connect to an intercity (IC) train to Ghent. The final destination of this IC train usually is Oostende, Knokke, or De Panne.
Check the signs to verify that it stops in Gent St.-Pieters.
Getting from Paris or Amsterdam airports to Ghent
Trains from Paris CDG Roissy to Ghent take on average about 2h30. There are two routes. Which of the two
routes is faster depends on your exact time of arrival and the exact train schedule at that time. The first option is to
travel via Lille (Rijsel in Dutch). This connection involves a change of station from Lille Europe to Lille Flandres,
but they are close to each other (5 minute walk). The first part is by TGV, the second part is by regular train. Total travel
time is between 2h38 and 3h34. The second option is to travel directly towards Brussels (Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid). You
would take the TGV/Thalys train from CDG to Brussels and connect to Ghent from there. Total travel time is between 2h15 and
2h45. In either case, the TGV requires a reservation, which is best made before departure.
Arrival by car
We recommend using Google Maps.
The GPS coordinates of the conference venue are:
Getting to Ghent by taxi
Taxis are available outside the airport building. We do not recommend this option as taxis are very expensive in Belgium. A taxi ride from Brussels airport to downtown Ghent will cost between 175 and 250 euros
Directions to Campus Coupure
From the Ghent train station (Gent Sint-Pieters)
Info on tickets for local transport can be found here