From BruCON 2017
take heed! we had to move location. The address of the new location is as follows:
Aula Academica of the Ghent University Voldersstraat 9 9000 Gent Belgium
Ghent is located near highways E40 (Brussels - Ostend) and E17 (Antwerp - Kortrijk). Once the Ghent area, get (or remain) on the E17 and take exit 9 - Gent Centrum. Or just follow your GPS or your favorite route planner ;-)
Parking your car in Ghent can be tricky and is not free. You'll be better off making use of one of the following organised parkings:
- Parking Korte Meer (Korte Meer, 9000 Gent)
- Open from 8:00 until 21:00
- 3 minutes walk from venue
- Parking Kouter (Kouter, 9000 Gent)
- Open from 7:00 until 2:00
- 4 minutes walk from venue
- Parking Sint-Michiels (Sint-Michielsplein 8, 9000 Gent)
- Open 24/24
- 6 minutes walk from venue
- Parking Reep (Seminarieplein 9, 9000 Gent)
- Open 24/24
- 6 minutes walk from venue
- Parking Kouterpoort (Savaanstraat 13, 9000 Gent)
- Open from 7:00 until 20:00
- 9 minutes walk from venue
- Parking Gent Zuid (Woodrow Wilsonplein 1, 9000 Gent)
- Open from 7:00 until 1:00
- 11 minutes walk from venue
Getting a cab from the airport to Ghent is definitely not a good idea, unless you are willing to spend more than 100 Euro on it.
The prices for taxies in Ghent are:
- 8,50eur pickup fee (incl. first 3 km)
- 2,20eur per extra km
- 35,00eur per hour waiting time (as from 5min)
- 2,50eur night surplus (between 22:00 and 6:00)
General taxi numbers are: 09 222 22 22 or 09 333 33 33. A complete list of Ghent taxi companies is available on http://www.gent.be/eCache/THE/1/607.cmVjPTEzNjc3Mg.html
By Public Transport
The following bus and tram lines have stops in (more or less) close vicinity of the venue:
- Tram: 1, 4, 24, 21, 22
- Bus: 3, 4, 17, 18, 38, 39, N1, N3
The nearest stops are:
- Korte Meer
From there, you're a mere 5 minutes walk away from the con.
More information and schedules can be found on http://www.delijn.be
Getting to Ghent by train is piece of cake. Once you have arrived at the airport in Brussels, take the train from the airport to any major Brussels train station (North, Central or South). From any of these stations about three trains an hour ride to Ghent (usually direction Ostend, or Knokke, or De Panne). It takes you about 40 minutes to get to Ghent-Sint-Pieters, which is Ghent's main train station.
Trains between Antwerp and Ghent also run frequently (at least 2 per hour).
Online ticketing and more information on train schedules (and delays) is available on:
From the Gent Sint-Pieters station, you can continue your journey by taxi, or take the following means of public transportation:
- Tram 1 or 4
- Bus 4
Our National Airport is located near Brussels at Zaventem. For more info, check http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/
When you book your airplane tickets make sure you head for Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) and not for the deceptively-named Brussels North or Brussels South, neither of which are even all that close to Brussels (but in Antwerp and Charleroi, respectively.)
The easiest way to reach Ghent from the airport would be by train (basement level -1 at the airport). If you are lucky, you can catch a direct train to Gent Sint-Pieters. On weekdays, there would be two trains per hour (destinations either Gent Sint-Pieters or De Panne), during the weekend you'd only have one direct train per hour to Gent Sint-Pieters).
Another option is to take a train headed towards Brussels (Quévy, Quiévrain, Brussel Zuid,...) and get a connecting train in Bruxelles Nord/Brussel Noord). You might want to have a look on the section By train above or consult http://www.nmbs.be or http://www.railtime.be.
By Space Craft
On July 21st 2011, as spacecraft Atlantis rolled to a stop at it's home base, our partnership for space travel stopped. No Space Craft services to Brucon have been planned for the near future.
Sleep is good. Sleep is healthy. If you need sleep, have a look at our suggestions below.
List of hotels, hostels and other accommodation opportunities
Via Resotel your BruCON crew managed to offer very competitive conditions for various hotels. Click the link below for more information.
For those amongst you who prefer the "Budget" option on WikiTravel, here are several alternatives:
Hostel De Draecke http://www.vjh.be/gent.htm
Hostel 47 http://www.hostel47.com/