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Day trip Delft to Ghent

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Day trip Delft to Ghent

Is it reasonable to day trip from Delft to Ghent by train? What is the best route?

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1. Re: Day trip Delft to Ghent

It's doable, but whether it's "reasonable" depends on how you like to travel ... best-case scenario is just a bit more than 2 hours each way to/from Gent. Worst case is almost 3 hours. So in a round-trip worst-case scenario, you're spending 6 hours of your day just travelling.

There's only one (standard) way to get to Gent from Delft on the train, and that goes via Antwerp.

The fastest journey is Delft -> Rotterdam -> Antwerp -> Gent on the Thalys and having some luck with catching the InterCity out of Antwerp to Gent. Without any discounts, this can also become kind of pricey - a spot-check came back with €135 p.p round-trip. Note that they often have special offers that can bring this price down.

You can get this price tag down to approx €50-60/pp round-trip, but then the journey will take 2.5-3 hours. It may run Delft -> Roosendaal -> Antwerp -> Gent. Same basic journey, but a transfer in R'daal instead of R'dam and not on the "high-speed" Thalys train.

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2. Re: Day trip Delft to Ghent

It may be cheaper to rent a car and do this. That way you will also be able to stay very late and make the most of your trip (only you won't be able to go on beer binges).

I once did it as a daytrip from Amsterdam by car which adds one hour each way, but for that once it was fun. Two of us could share the driving. Parking was only €10 for a full day in the center.

I really love Ghent. Here are my favorite places:

- Restaurant Rood, Asian food and nice decoration 

- Zoo bar

- Opera bar 'In de Pauze' (vintage decorations)

- Barista cafe (nice pies, nice location)

 - Shops called O'zon, Zoot, ZsaZsa 

- Mostaardfabriek, a shop for mustards and vinegars 

- Priem wallpaper shop, lots of vintage wallpapers, it's run by two very old sisters and their brother

- the castle

Nice streets for shops and cafes:

- Onderbergen

- Oudburg, Ingelandgat

- Jan Breydelstraat 

- Steendam

Obviously if you could add one night in Ghent that would make the trip even more worthwhile.

Edited: 7:56 am, September 13, 2013
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