Cheap Flights to Ghent

Ghent overview

When is the best time to fly to Ghent?

Peak Season

There are two popular times to travel to Ghent - winter and summer.

The winter months are a great time to visit, as the city is in festive mode with various events and celebrations. The Light Festival Ghent, which usually takes place at the end of January to the beginning of February, is a magical event which sees the city lit up after dark with a number of ingenious light installations and performances. This is also the perfect time to get any last minute gifts at the Christmas Market or put on some skates at the Open-air ice rink. Throngs of tourists will be flocking to the city during this time, so flights to Ghent and accommodation is likely to be at a premium.

June to August is another prime visiting time, as the sun is shining and temperatures are at their warmest, around 13 to 22 degrees Celsius. 

Off-peak Season: 

Although there’s no bad time to visit, you’ll have a better chance of finding a cheap flight to Ghent and lower hotel rates during the quieter months of October, (early) November, (end) February and March.

Ghent overview

A flight to Ghent will transport you to a city steeped in history: In addition to serving as the birthplace of Charles V, one of the most notable monarchs in European history and former Holy Emperor of the Roman Empire, Ghent is where the Treaty of Ghent was signed to conclude the War of 1812. This Belgian city, located in the province of Flanders, is home to majestic castles that have been standing since the 15th century. 

Ghent was once the largest cloth producer in Europe and the largest medieval city after Paris, but today these beautiful stone backdrops provide a quaint setting for one of Belgium’s most underrated cities. Ghent normally takes a backseat to Bruges and Brussels, but visitors will find plenty to do here throughout their stay: Ghent hosts a milieu of marvellous festivals over the course of the calendar year, including the Gentse-Feesten each July and the International Film Festival of Flanders every October. Even if there’s no party scheduled for the dates coinciding with your holiday, the countless museums, cafes and cultural events are sure to make your visit to Ghent one you’ll never forget.

Ghent climate

You’re bound to encounter mild conditions in this Belgian city: Seasons tend to ease into each other with the transitional periods of autumn and spring acting as temperate buffers for Ghent’s cold winters and warm summers. November-January temperatures rarely dip below freezing and hover closely to 4 degrees Celsius, while June-August highs only reach up to 22 degrees Celsius on the hottest days.

Getting around Ghent

Travellers can explore the city on foot, by taxi or by renting a bicycle or Vespa. There is also a well organised and comprehensive network of trams and buses.

Getting from the Airport to the City

Visitors can’t get a direct flight to Ghent, as the city doesn’t have an airport, so the best option is to fly to Brussels Airport (BRU). From here travellers can either get a direct train or bus to the centre of Ghent.

Ghent insider information

  • Though Ghent’s stunning churches and castles are perfect for picture taking during the day, don’t miss a night-time stroll past St. Bavo’s cathedral, the Castle of the Counts and St. Michael’s Bridge. These must-see sights are beautifully lit, and you’ll avoid traffic and crowds when you go after sunset. 
  • Gentes Feesten, or Ghent Fests, has party animals visiting in droves to check out the biggest party the city holds each year. Ghent Fests consists of four separate festivals which take place in July: The Blue Note Festival, the International Street Festival, the International Puppet Festival and the 10 Days Of Dance Festival have the streets of the historical downtown district buzzing.
  • Make sure you sample mastel, while you’re in Ghent. This doughnut-shaped bread is also referred to as Saint Hubert’s bread, because the tradition is for bakers to bring baskets of the bread to church on the saint’s feast day for the pastries to be blessed. 
  • Fashion savvy foreigners visit Ghent to learn about the history of clothing – the city was the former cloth-producing capital of Europe. The Design Museum showcases wares ranging from 17th century garments to psychedelic sofas from the 70s. For those who can’t get enough of Flemish fashion, consider taking a day trip to Antwerp: Antwerp is home to the Antwerp Design Academy and fashion institute, and the designs cultivated by the creative genius of students studying there have rocked the fashion runways of Europe for decades. 
  • Belfort, a UNESCO-protected belfry, houses a collection of 54 bells whose rings have been heard echoing throughout the city since the 14th century. A hefty walk up the stairs to the top of Belfort provides the ambitious climber with breath-taking views of the city.

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How much do things cost in Ghent?

Markets
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
C$ 2.99
Large bottle of water
C$ 1.50
Loaf of white bread
C$ 2.33
A dozen eggs
C$ 2.88
Transport
One-way ticket (local transport)
C$ 3.50
Petrol (1 litre)
C$ 2.04
Taxi - fixed fee
C$ 12.40
1 hour taxi waiting fee
C$ 51.08
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
C$ 119.67
Pair of Nike shoes
C$ 141.08
Restaurants
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
C$ 4.38
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 5.11
Meal at McDonald's or similar
C$ 11.31
Cheap meal
C$ 21.89
How much does an apartment cost in Ghent?
3 bedroom apartment in the suburbs
C$ 1277
3 bedroom apartment downtown
C$ 1635
1 bedroom apartment in the suburbs
C$ 832
1 bedroom apartment downtown
C$ 985

International departures to Ghent

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