Welcome in ghent
Location of the congress:
€ 120 for the full congress
€ 100 if you are a member of a skeptics society (bring proof of membership)
€ 60 for students (bring your student ID)
€ 50 ticket for one day - pay at the entrance
€ 60 Saturday evening dinner
Lunch is not included. The area around the venue has lots of restaurants and eateries, suited for everyone’s budget.
Coffee, tea, water… are served in the morning and at the tea breaks, half way through each session.
How to get there
Ghent, where most of the program takes place, lies west of Brussels and can be reached easily by direct train from the main stations in Brussels. The preprogram on Thursday afternoon is organized in the center of Brussels. The links in the text below lead to relevant websites or to Google maps locations.
Take into account that Belgium is an officially trilingual country (Dutch, French and German) and that each region uses one or two languages. Place names and signs chang depending on the language of the region. Brussels is bilingual (French, Dutch) but predominantly French speaking, Ghent is in Dutch speaking Flanders, Charleroi (Brussels South Airport) lies in French speaking Wallonia. To help you in not getting lost: Brussels is Bruxelles in French and Brussel in Dutch; Ghent is Gent in Dutch and Gand in French, Charleroi is just Charleroi.
If you arrive by plane, there are two airports:
Brussels National Airport in Zaventem, where most regular airlines land. There is a railway station underneath the airport.
If you come to the preprogram in Brussels on Thursday afternoon: buy a one-way ticket to Brussels and take the train to Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal station (trains to many destinations will stop in Brussels - check the time tables). You’ll arrive right in the historical center, at a walking distance from the location of the preprogram (not yet finalised) and the touristic highlights.
If you travel directly to Ghent: buy a one-way ticket to Ghent and take the train to Gent-Sint-Pieters, Oostende, De Panne or Knokke, which all stop in Ghent. Get off at Gent-Sint-Pieters station and take tram 1 or 2 to the city center.
Brussels South Airport in Charleroi, where many low cost airlines land. Take either a shuttle bus (better reserve on-line), or buy a combined bus/train ticket in the airport. Check the website of the airport for the options.
If you come to the preprogram in Brussels on Thursday afternoon: take the shuttle bus or the regular bus/train combination to Brussels.
The shuttle bus will drop you off at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid railway station, where you can take a train (separate ticket) to Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal.
If you take the bus/train combination, get off at Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal station.
You’ll arrive right in the historical center, at walking distance from the location of the preprogram (not yet finalised) and the touristic highlights.
If you travel directly to Ghent: take the direct shuttle bus to Ghent or the regular bus/train combination.
The shuttle bus will drop you off at Gent-Sint-Pieters station. Take tram 1 or 2 to the city center.
For the train option you have to get off the train from Charleroi at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and take the train to Gent-Sint-Pieters, Oostende, De Panne or Knokke. Get off at Gent-Sint-Pieters station. Take tram 1 or 2 to the city center.
Taxis tend to be expensive in Belgium, especially for long distances. But if taking the tram in Ghent scares you off, you can take a taxi from the station to your hotel - the cost will be reasonable.
If you arrive by high speed train (Eurostar, Thalys, TGV, ICE), you will arrive in Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid railway station.
If you come to the preprogram in Brussels on Thursday afternoon: take a train from Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid to Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal (probably not included in your high speed train ticket - check). You’ll arrive right in the historical center, at walking distance from the location of the preprogram (not yet finalised) and the touristic highlights.
If you travel directly to Ghent: make sure you buy a train ticket with Ghent as final destination. Thalys and Eurostar tickets have an ABS-option (All Belgian Stations). From Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid, where the high speed train arrives, take the train to Gent-Sint-Pieters, Oostende, De Panne or Knokke. Get off at Gent-Sint-Pieters station. Take tram 1 or 2 to the city center.
If you come by car, mind that parking in our dense inner cities can be problematic.
If you come to the preprogram in Brussels, paying for a few hours parking in one of the parking houses will not be too expensive. Mind that the center of Brussels is a Low Emission Zone, where old diesel cars are prohibited (and fined).
In Ghent the P+R (Park and Ride) “The Loop/Expo” is a good location for long term parking, with a direct tram connection to the city center (tram 1). Driving in the city center is challenging, because of many restricted routes and one-way streets.
Places to stay
Ghent is a compact, old city, with many places to stay, within easy walking distance of the congress venue. The city centre is a safe area to walk around, even at night, like most areas in Belgium. Many websites will assist you in finding a hotel with a good ratio of price/distance to the venue.
We can advise the following hotels close by:
IBIS Gent Centrum Opera - This is where most of our speakers are staying, about 600m from the congress venue
IBIS Gent Centrum St Baafs Kathedraal - Really close by (250 m). Being partially renovated and therefore a limited number of rooms available
Novotel Gent Centrum - 400 m from the congress venue
Hotel NH Gent Belfort - 450 m from the congress venue
Hotel Onderbergen - 500 m from the congress venue
Youth hostel De Draecke - 1 km from the congrss venue
Ecohostel Andromeda - on a boat in one of Ghent’s canals, 1.7 km from the congress venue
Treck hostel - more indoor camping than hotel, 2 km from the congress venue
If you need more information about the congress, help on how to get here, assistance with lodging and more, send us a message.
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