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Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Vicitoria BC
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Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

We will be staying in Landskouter and wondering if there are country buses to Ghent. Otherwise what is the cheapest train travel to Ghent since we plan to go several times.

Ghent, Belgium
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1. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Why may I ask, are you staying in the middle of nowhere when you have to travel to Gent several times?

Brussels, Belgium
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2. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Landskouter has a railway station, here are today's connections: hari.b-rail.be/HAFAS/bin/stboard.exe/nn… from which you can see it is only 16 mins from Gent St. Pieters station.

I don't know why you consider it necessary to describe yourselves as "sensible" seniors but for "cheapest train travel" it would have been more sensible to say whether or not you are (all, since you say "we") over 65. If so, you can get senior fare on trains for €5.30 return to anywhere in Belgium (except Brussels Airport, for which a supplement applies; and there are some restrictions on use). But you don't really need it, as a standard single ticket from Landskouter to Ghent costs only €2.60, weekday return €5.20, weekend return €3.60.

Apart from the "dial-a-bus" (http://www.delijn.be/en/over/aanbod/belbus_per_provincie/belbus_oost_vlaanderen.htm - see under Oosterzele - Zottegem), I don't know of any De Lijn buses serving Landskouter except line 20 between Gentbrugge and Oosterzele but you would do best to ask locally when you are there.

Vicitoria BC
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3. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Because we are home sitting.......and arriving from Canada

Vicitoria BC
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4. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

We both way past 65 and I do thank you for your information. We have wanted to visit Belgium for many years now so plan to see as much as possible during our 3 weeks

Ghent, Belgium
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5. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Btw, Landskouter is a place where the train stops, it does not actually have a station nor any way to buy tickets it seems.

Suppose the people you are going to house sit for should be able to tell you better how to get around.

Brussels, Belgium
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6. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

If arriving by train via Gent St. Pieters, you can no doubt buy tickets there, including return from Landskouter (but be careful as this has to be on specific date) and if there is any problem with buying tickets in Landskouter itself (usually if there is no ticket office at a station it is possible to buy tickets on the train - although they may apply a €3 administrative fee which would cost more than the ticket just to Ghent!), you could buy a key card for €20 covering 10 trips between Landskouter and Ghent, in either direction.

Although I couldn't get the link on here to work in English: www.b-rail.be/nat/E/tarifs/passes/keycard/ the French version confirms that Landskouter is in the "key card" region for Gent St. Pieters:

"A partir de cette gare, la Key Card vous permet d'atteindre les destinations suivantes : AALTER, BELLEM, DE PINTE, DEINZE, EEKLO, EKE-NAZARETH, EVERGEM, GAND-DAMPOORT, GAVERE-ASPER, GENTBRUGGE, GONTRODE, HANSBEKE, KWATRECHT, LANDEGEM, LANDSKOUTER, MELLE, MERELBEKE, MOORTSELE, SCHELDEWINDEKE, SCHELLEBELLE, SLEIDINGE, TRONCHIENNES, WAARSCHOOT, WETTEREN, WONDELGEM, ZINGEM"

Once in Ghent you would then buy tickets to wherever else you wish to go, including using senior ticket b-rail.be/nat/…index.php - but while it doesn't say so, I think this can only be used as a return ticket if the return is on the same day as the outward journey.

Edited: 02 July 2012, 10:07
London, United...
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7. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

A quick look at the timetable shows that Landskouter has an hourly train service to Gent St Pieters, from where you can catch connecting trains to wherever you want to go. The journey time between Landskouter and Gent is 15 minutes.

Have a look at http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/, as this will give you information on train times and fares.

Brussels
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8. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

< if there is any problem with buying tickets in Landskouter itself (usually if there is no ticket office at a station it is possible to buy tickets on the train - although they may apply a €3 administrative fee which would cost more than the ticket just to Ghent!) >

There is no €3 administrative fee if you get on a train without a ticket at a station where it is not possible to buy tickets, i.e. because there is no ticket office or (working) ticket machine.

Tournai
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9. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

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Edited: 03 July 2012, 00:19
Vicitoria BC
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10. Re: Sensible Seniors Ghent travel

Thank you for all this information.......It makes things easier when you know the sytem of different fares......Here in Canada we have one rail line going from East to West return, calling at major cities along the route. In the West there are no local trains and because of the vast area we use aircraft or drive.

Landskouter is in the middle of no where,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but a 15 min train journey you are in the middle of a city......... many people here drive for well over an hour to work each day. Here's looking forward to the . very beautiful country of Belgium.

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