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Ghent University
Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 46 - Building "Materials science"
B-9052 Zwijnaarde
Tel. : 00-32-9-331.04.32
Fax : 00-32-9-264.58.33
GPS-coordinates: 51.010143, 3.706090 (just copy-and-paste in Google Maps for precise location)


  • Ghent is located about 55 km west of Brussels (the capital of Belgium) and about 65 km west of “Brussels airport”
  • “Zwijnaarde” is a village about 3 km south of Ghent
  • it hosts the campus “Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde” of Ghent University
  • the department is housed in the building with number “46”, also indicated as the “Materials Science” building
  • “Gent-Sint-Pieters”, the central train station of Ghent, is situated about 3.5 km north of the campus

Practical information
  • Belgium is in the time zone GMT +1 (Brussels, Coopenhagen, Madrid, Paris). Our country uses Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time. You can find the time difference between your home country and Belgium on the following websites:
  • The only official currency in Belgium is the Euro (symbol EUR). You can look up exchange rates with your local currency on the website http://www.x-rates.com/.

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Route description to the campus in Zwijnaarde, 3 km south of Ghent

By airplane

There is only one large international airport in Belgium. It is called ‘Brussels airport’ and it is situated in Zaventem, one of the suburb villages of Brussels lying north-east of Brussels.

The official homepage of Brussels Airport is: http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/. This website always shows the local time and weather conditions. Some low-cost airliners fly to ‘Brussels South’, but this is misleading, because the actual airport ‘Brussels South’ is located in the city of Charleroi which is about 56 km south of the centre of Brussels (http://www.charleroi-airport.com/). This is about the same distance as from Brussels to Ghent !

The national airliner of Belgium is “Brussels Airlines” (part of Lufthansa airlines). The website is: http://www.brusselsairlines.be/.

The best way to travel from Brussels Airport to Gent is by train. Because the distance between Brussels Airport and Gent is about 60 km, a trip by taxi is very expensive (about 100 EUR). The airport train station is located below the airport terminal (basement level -1). Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations. Moreover there are direct train services to Gent. The main train station in Gent is called “Gent-Sint-Pieters”. In English, Gent is written as “Ghent”, but in Dutch, it is “Gent”. You can buy your ticket at the ticket desk near the entrance of the airport train station. You do not need to make any reservation for these trains.

Information on the schedules of all Belgian and international train services can be found on the Belgian Railways website http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/. Enter “Bruxelles Nat Airport” as departure station and “Gent Sint-Pieters” as arrival station. The average travelling time is between 49 minutes and 57 minutes (depending on the train schedule).
Always take a direct train that only stops in “Brussel-Noord”, “Brussel-Centraal”, “Brussel-Zuid” and “Gent Sint-Pieters” (so-called IC/IR – InterCity/InterRegion). Some other train connections to “Gent Sint-Pieters” ride via “Aalst” and stop in a lot of small stations in between. Then it will cost you about an hour and a half to get to Gent. Keep in mind that the last direct train connection from Brussels Airport to Gent Sint-Pieters at night is at 23:04 and the first in the morning is at 05:52. If you would arrive at night, you will need to take a taxi, because it is 65 kilometres from Brussels Airport to Gent.

When you arrive in the "Gent Sint-Pieters" station, proceed as explained below.

By train

The railway station Gent Sint-Pieters is situated about 3.5 km north of the campus. The main entrance of the station is located at the Koningin Maria Hendrika square. The backside of the station gives out onto the Voskenslaan (indicated with a red dot on the map below).

From the railway station Gent Sint-Pieters, there are regular bus connections to the campus. Lines 70, 71 and 72 have a bus stop in front of the campus (bus stop "Bollebergen"). In front of the station, there are always taxis waiting. Taxis can also be reserved from the taxi company V-tax (tel. +32-(0)9-222.22.22).

By car

  • Ghent is located at the crossing of the motorway E40 and E17 and is very easily accessible by car.
    • Coming from the motorway E40 (Brussel-Gent-Oostende) or from Antwerp via the motorway E17:
      • take the exit Gent.
      • take the exit "UZ Gent" (Ghent University hospital) and then turn left onto the Corneel Heymans street
      • follow the street in the left direction as it goes over in the Ottergemsesteenweg
      • at the end of the Ottergemsesteenweg, take the R4 ring road
      • take the second exit of the R4 with direction Oudenaarde - Zwijnaarde (N60)
      • on the exit lane, drive under the bridge and immediately after the bridge, turn right and take the U-turn to arrive onto the bridge
      • you are now driving south on the Oudenaardse Steenweg (N60)
      • after about 800 metres, you reach a long-stretched roundabout
    • Coming from Kortrijk via the motorway E17 (Antwerpen-Gent-Kortrijk):
      • take exit 8 De Pinte
      • follow the direction Gent
      • you are now driving north on the Nieuwe Steenweg (N60)
      • after the third traffic lights, you reach a long-stretched roundabout

  • You arrive at a long-stretched roundabout, shown on the top left corner of the figure below. You take the exit for the campus "Technologiepark Zwijnaarde". Next, you drive like indicated on the map below with yellow dots. At the first small roundabout on the campus, you turn immediately right on the roundabout. There is a large parking between the roundabout and the building 46.

  • From the parking lot, you walk to the main entrance of the building 46, as indicated by the small yellow dots on the picture below.

  • The main entrance of the building 46 - "Materials Science" looks like the picture below.

  • Our research group is located on the first floor in the right wing of the building 46.