From Brussels he can take any train in the direction of Oostende and Knokke-Blankenberge. Best trains from Central Station depart at the hour for Oostende and at 27 minutes past the hour for Knokke-Blankenberge.
There are other trains but they could be real commuter trains in peak hours and stop several times along the way.
From the St Pieters Station take the nr 1 tram towards the city and get off at Justitiepaleis which at present is the last stop. From there you walk through the main car free shopping street to the center of Gent.
Getting around in Gent is easy since most of the usual sites are all in walking distance of each other and the construction is no bother.Edited: 04 June 2010, 09:59
3% of the Ghent historical area is being redone now. So 97% is still available ... ;-)
Stay in Ghent a few nights which is what we did. Use Priceline to bid for a hotel. we got the Marriot for 70 a night. they charge 5 euros extra a night at the hotel. Train in from Brussels and take a taxi to the hotel. Breakfast is extra at the hotel so be prepared for that. We brought food to eat in our room.
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