How do I get to Ostend Airport?
This article gives an overview of the various possibilities to go to Ostend-Bruges International Airport. Ostend Airport is located just outside the city on the seaside resort of Raversijde. Ostend Airport is Belgium’s fourth largest airport and in 2014 more than 250,000 passengers were transported.
You can easily get to Ostend Airport by train. From the Stations of Bruges, Kortrijk, Ghent, Antwerp Central, Brussels South, Central, North, Leuven and Liège there is a direct train connection from the NMBS . You can cross the country in 2h19 from Liège to Ostend if you have to take the plane there. In addition, there are other connections with a transfer in Bruges, Ghent or Brussels. On these main lines you usually have a train to Ostend every half hour, possibly with a transfer.
Once arrived at Ostend station there are two options to get to De Lijn from the airport. You can catch the bus or go with the coast tram. If you want to go by bus you have to take bus 6 to Raversijde via airport. Wait for this on platform 3. Approximately every 10 minutes there is a bus to the airport. This bus stops in front of the airport building after a journey of about 15 minutes. Besides the bus you can also go with the coast tram. The tram leaves right at the station and at the Raversijde or Ravelingen stop you have to get off again. From these stops it is just over 1km walking or about 10 minutes.
You can also go to the airport of Ostend very easily by car. Drive in the direction of Ostend by car via the motorway E40 If you come from the region of Kortrijk, Antwerp or Hasselt then you will also have to ride a bit of E403, E17 or E314. Once past Bruges you come to the junction in Jabbeke between the E40 direction Veurne, Nieuwpoort and Calais and the A10 direction Oostende. The best option here is to follow the E40. At exit 5 Gistel you follow the N33 in the direction of Ostend. Follow the road for 6 km until the roundabout and take the 3rd exit there. You will then see the airport on your left side at the next traffic lights. You then have to turn left.
Beware of crowds on the E40 and other highways during rush hours and on weekends in good weather. Slow traffic can upset the time schedule. Therefore make use of route planners to clearly define your route and build a certain time margin. Examples of route planners are ViaMichelin , Mappy or simply via Google Maps . A useful feature of the website Via Michelin is that the total cost of the journey is also indicated, including the toll and fuel. Alternatively, you can also use a GPS to avoid traffic jams via local roads.
Once there are two car parks at the airport. Parking 1 Front, which can accommodate 260 cars and Parking 2, which has 500 parking spaces. Parking 1 Front is meant for short term and Parking 2 for long term. However, the rates are not very diverse so you can park perfectly on Parking 1 for a longer period of time. If you park for a few hours, Parking 1 is only half a euro more expensive. If you park for a few days, Parking 1 is only half a euro a day more expensive. For a week to park it is only 3.5 euros more expensive on Parking 1. If we compare prices with other airports then this airport parking is very cheap for short trips. You pay twice as much for 1 or 2 days of parking at other airports.
Because many travelers among us do not know where you can fly from Antwerp, I’ll quickly add them up!
- With TUIfly:
Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Rome
Summer season: Antalya, Bodrum, Djerba, Enfidha, Heraklion, Izmir, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife, Tirana
Summer season: Enfidha, Tunis
- Freebird (charter):
Summer season: Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir
- T ailwind Airlines (charter):
So you can see that TUIfly is currently the largest user of Ostend Airport